GameTruck was an exciting experience for our kids and their friends
My family and I received an offer from GameTruck of Howard County to host a GameTruck party for our children and 17 of their friends. Although no one had a birthday any time soon, we thought this was an incredible way to celebrate summer.
GameTruck offers a premier party experience in an interactive, multi-player environment that accommodates 16 or more players (the GameTruck Howard County vehicle can hold 20 kids.) Totally self-powered and climate-controlled, the GameTruck trailer was outfitted with comfortable seating, six flat-screen HDTVs, and enhanced sound systems.
The parents and I LOVED how the truck offered these big gorgeous windows that lifted up to create an indoor-outdoor experience. We parents were hanging out outside the window and able to watch the kids play within. KidzBop music played on a sound system, contributing to the outdoor party feel.
Kids can choose from more than three dozen of the latest multiplayer video games and all the major video game consoles such as XBOX360, Nintendo WiiU and Playstation. GameTruck Howard County’s owner Erik Maxwell called me before the event and we discussed which games would be most appropriate for our group of kids age 6-13. We removed all rated M for Mature games and he stocked the truck with sports games like FIFA soccer, Madden Football and group games that would appeal to all ages like Super Mario Kart, JustDance and Minecraft.
It was ridiculously exciting seeing the big green truck pull into our driveway. As our friends drove up and walked over, their kids started jumping up and down and running towards the truck. Although I have been hosting child birthday parties for 10 years, I have never seen reactions like these.
Our party’s GameCoach was owner Erik. He or another GameTruck staff member serves as the Coach and manages each event, promoting fair, interactive play. He helped kids take turns, select games and calmly managed all the children’s wants and turns with complete patience. It was seamless. The other parents and I simply got to enjoy watching the kids play without any moderation. It was heavenly!
I wondered how interactive this party would be for the kids. However, I saw that the children were totally interacting and chatting, sitting right next to each other and enjoying their company. They were bonding and spending more time together than they would at an arcade or in a laser tag maze.
I also wondered if the experience would make my kids hunger for more video games. Right now in the summer we are limiting gaming and screen time to encourage more outdoor and traditional play. We often talk about taking games out of our home completely, or only pulling our Wii console out for winter parties. But what we adored about the GameTruck experience was that it turned video gaming into a total treat. It became a special occurrence to share with friends, rather than something you do every day, alone, for hours.
And I have to admit, I know the parents, my personal adult friends, were a lot happier to drive a few blocks over to our pad and enjoy some bevies and snacks in our kitchen versus driving a ways to a party location. While the kids played in the GameTruck in the driveway, the parents had our own party alongside theirs.
No food or drink is allowed in the GameTruck, so we had refreshments inside the house. The kids drifted in and out when they needed a lemonade or a cookie boost.
GameTruck is recommended for kids age six years and up. We had several younger siblings at the party and I agree with this age assessment. Most of the kids younger than six simply wanted to watch the big kids, or play with our house LEGOS and yard toys.
The prices for GameTruck Howard County are comparable to other birthday party options: $325 for 2 hours on a week day, $375 for 2 hours on a weekend (prices always subject to change.)
I hope I am explaining adequately how utterly wonderful was our GameTruck experience. I completely, totally recommend!
To book your own GameTruck party with GameTruck of HowardCounty, just call owner and operator Erik Maxwell at (888) 602-4263, on his mobile at (410)370-3455 or e-mail him at email@example.com. You can also coordinate your party on the GameTruck website, GameTruck.com.