As usual, spring break gets here too fast and since I usually have sessions planned, we stick around Dallas. And it looks so exhausting to get packed and fly to Hawaii, then fly back and unpack and be back at school by Monday... I mean really, who has the energy! Well... not me!
This photographer likes a few days to sleep in and check out cool things around town! Our first stop on this Spring Break 2017 is the National Videogame Museum! Yep, you read right! There is a museum where all those old gaming systems you sold for a dollar at your garage go! Atari, gameboys, PONG & Pac-man... just to name a few!
I knew my husband and my son would go crazy! A stroll down memory lane for sure. It was so fun to watch my husband just pick up that old controller and play like it was yesterday. But even more fun to watch my son who is a avid gamer, try to figure out the joystick!
This incredible collection really is amazing. It begins at the very beginning of video and concept games. Chronicles each stage of innovation and development of technology. To really understand a entire world of brilliant developers and designers dedicated to creating video games is what this museum is all about! I even found the exact first computers we had my school! And no, I will not disclose what year that was... just know it was a LONG time ago!
If I had to pick a favorite at the Museum, hands down it would be the 80's living room and bedroom! They set up a living area complete with a rotary phone and TV with the big brown wood console! Then they outdid themselves with the retro 80's bedroom, complete with dresser drawers filled with cassette tapes and MAD magazines! Pac-Man sheets on the bed and Madonna poster on the wall! Had to have my husband pose with the Depeche Mode poster... just like the one he had! Nintendo Duck Hunt cartage in the console and gun ready to go!
A great time was had by all 3 of us, looking at old gaming systems we had has a kid or trying to figure out which letters on the computer keyboard made the guy shoot, phew phew. A special treat at the end of your tour ends in a great arcade, just like the one you frequented as a kid. You even get tokens with your admission to play your favorite game! Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Galaga just to name a few!
So if you played games as a kid, or have a gamer in your house, I highly recommend the National Videogame Museum. It really is fun to look back at how technology has developed & changed in our lifetime. We have come a long way from the joystick and PONG!
One quick Mom note ~ there is no signage from the road, it's in the same building as the Frisco Discovery Center, so look for their red signs. And yes, I had to mention it to a staffer that they need a big sign! ;)
For additional information, visit their website http://nvmusa.org/ and go have a good time! Tell Frogger hello from us!
Chelle Cates Photography is a Dallas family photographer located in Garland, TX. Chelle creates quality timeless images of your children, family portraits, newborn moments and all the days in between. Serving Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Mesquite, Rockwall, Farmers Branch and surrounding communities.