Top Gifts for Teachers: From the Retro Arcade in Pasadena to Literature

gifts-retro-arcade-in-pasadenaAs Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” While it is true that all teachers possess the ability to inspire and educate their students, all teachers may not share the same interests. Similar to each of their students, educators all have their own unique preferences. This can make picking out a present for your teacher a bit difficult. A good indicator of a teacher’s interests is what they teach. Below is a short list of gift ideas for your teachers this year based on the subject they teach: Continue reading…

Tips for Getting Better at Playing Arcade Games

adults playing arcade games in houstonArcade games, in Houston and elsewhere, are incredible fun. What’s not so fun? Bombing those games in front of your best buddies. There is no honor is achieving the lowest score in pinball or bouncing those basketballs off of the rims.

That is why you might just want to take a little time to hone your arcade games skills. You don’t have to spend hours a day gaming, unless you want to become a professional gamer. Instead, try these tips for upping your game, and your tickets, the next time you hit up the arcade.

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Retro Arcade Games for Kids: 5 Reasons to Let Children Visit the Arcade

Motorcycle Arcade GameChildren in the 1970s and 1980s lived in a golden age when arcade games dominated their afternoons and arcades seemed to exist on every corner.  Retro Arcade Games for Kids were everywhere. Eventually, those long afternoons and pocketfuls of quarters faded as video game arcades were replaced by home gaming systems and more advanced technology.

Today, however, as arcades enjoy a resurgence in popularity, modern day childhood can also benefit from the unique appeal of retro arcade games. Yes, we are talking screen time. But a visit to a retro arcade is much different from hours spent in front of a modern day gaming console. Here is how.

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Fun Things to Do With Teens (That They Will Actually Enjoy)

Atomic RushIf there is one constant about teens (Hint: It’s not their mood) it is that they love to have fun. Whether they are hanging out with their friends during a backyard BBQ, pursuing the next great deal at their favorite stores, racking up high scores on their favorite video games, or off on a grand adventure, they want to feel independent, challenged, and entertained. Sound like a tall order? It might not be as hard as you think. With a little creativity and the right activities, fun things to do with teens are easy to find. If you need a little inspiration, here are a few fun things to do with teens that stand a good chance of getting them off their phones and interacting with you.

Play video games.

Teens might have a lot of energy, but they do like to chill sometimes. For example, have you ever tried getting them out of bed in the mornings? If you want fun things to do with your teen, try the age old, time tested method of chilling known as playing video games.

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Why Retro Arcade Games Still Rock

pasadena arcadeThe “golden age” of arcade games lasted from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. Marked by classic games such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Tetris, Donkey Kong, and Mario Bros., it was a time when kids could while away hours trying to beat their own and others’ top scores, filling arcade machines with coins, and meeting up with friends for good natured showdowns at their favorite games.

While retro arcade games suffered a steep decline in popularity in the 1990s, they are beginning to enjoy something of a resurgence, as people remember fondly their times spent playing these classic games.

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