Get Your Kids Outside and Enjoy Springtime!

Kids can’t stay inside and play video games all the time. Okay… so they technically CAN, if we’d let them, but we know that they shouldn’t. But how do we get our kids outside and enjoying springtime? GameTruck San Jose made this list that is sure to get your kids outside and moving.

Make it a Group Activity

Call some friends and take them to the park. If you have space, bring their friends over to play in the yard. Outdoor group socialization is important for child development. It is necessary for children to play together for physical, cognitive, social, and emotional well-being. Children learn valuable skills when they play together like problem-solving, creative-thinking, and cooperation with others. If you gather your child’s friends together for outdoor play, they will be much more willing to play outside. Also, their friends’ parents will thank you for encouraging their kids to play outside – and for giving them a break! If you’re in San Jose, take them for a giant game of Monopoly in Discovery Meadow.

Teach Them Some Old Games

Teaching children about the favorite games that you played as a child creates a connection between the two of you. It is also a fantastic way to get you involved in playing with them outside, and it’s always amusing for parents to reminisce about their own childhood! Your child might already play some of these games at recess or daycare, but let them know it was once your favorite, too.

Schedule An Event

Scheduling an event can be another great way to get your children’s friends together and engage them in some outdoor play. Here’s a cool idea for a DIY treasure hunt. The treasure hunt taps into all those skills that outdoor play encourages: co-operation, problem-solving, and creative thinking. Or, create an event your children will always remember. GameTruck San Jose can turn any outdoor space, like a park or yard, into an awesome gaming party. That way, your child and their friends can game and play outside. It’s win-win!

Start a Competition

“Bet you can’t catch me!” A little competition may motivate your children to get moving outside. While not every child is competitive, if your child likes a contest, use it to your advantage. Games like horse, cornhole, and horseshoes, are enjoyable, and they also require little exertion on the parent’s part.

 Bring Indoor Activities Outside

Put down a blanket and get out a book! Just being outside in the sun helps keep children healthy by producing much needed vitamin D. Indoor games brought outside will take on a unique spin on an old classic when played outdoors. For example, with a little spray paint, you can make your own outdoor twister board. Another activity to take to the backyard is painting. Set-up a huge canvas that will allow your child to have a ton of fun and get messy, but since the painting is done outside, clean-up will be easy; just get out the hose! Once the paint dries, put the canvas up somewhere inside, so everyone can admire their masterpiece.


Get Outdoors with GameTruck San Jose

Looking for something more exciting than these tried and true activities? Combine an outdoor day at the park with your children’s favorite video games. Just confirm the availability with your local park ahead of time, and GameTruck San Jose can bring the party to you. Request a free quote here or call us at (866) 253-3191 today!

5 of the Best Educational Video Games for Back to School

Are you worried your child spends too much time playing video games and not enough time getting ready for the upcoming school year? What you may not know is that not all video games are about violence and fantasy worlds – some are quite educational!

New games that teach useful skills to increase creativity and help kids learn are being developed every day. Check out these educational video games that are sure to teach your gamer a thing or two while having a blast!

1. My Word Coach

Equipped with a built-in dictionary featuring over 17,000 words, My Word Coach helps kids work on their verbal communication skills and vocabulary through six different word-related games. Players are able to insert missing letters to form words, spell out the answers to various definitions, and choose words to match a particular description. For a fun and challenging mode, try it with multiple players!

2. Escape Adventure Island

In this JumpStart video game, young learners engage with a 3-D environment while practicing their math, reading, and critical thinking skills. Escape Adventure Island invites players to use their explorer skills and brain power to escape a mysterious island after a crash landing leaves them stranded!

3. LittleBigPlanet 2

With some fantastic graphics and some funky tunes, this great game encourages your kids to develop their problem-solving skills. Players navigate through a rich landscape, finding a wide range of objects along the way – many of which can be used to help them solve puzzles.

4. uDraw Studio: Instant Artist

Let your young ones create and unleash their inner artist with this game! uDraw Studio allows kids to explore their curiosity for art while developing their drawing skills as they create their own masterpieces. This original video game will be one that your kids will not want to put down!

5. Portal 2

Unlike conventional video games that require players to shoot their way to victory, in Portal players must use their wits to escape Aperture Laboratories and its robots. It’s a memorable and mentally challenging experience that players won’t forget!

Book your Next Party with us!

Treat your kids to a video game party they won’t forget by booking GameTruck Chicago! With our wide range of consoles and games, your kids are sure to have a blast with their favorite game. Contact us today at (866) 253-3191 or visit our website!

How Video Games Can Help Your Child

We all know that video games influence our children, but is that really a bad thing? We all know the dangers of video games but do you know how video games can help your child?

Wondering Why Your Child Can Beat a Video Game in a Matter of Days?

The answer lies in your child’s thought patterns. There is a large amount of concentration and goal orientation that is learned when your child aims to beat a video game. Their pattern recognition and reasoning changes as a game continues. Their situational awareness also changes as their video game style develops and they start to play new and different types of games.

A Well Known Benefit is Higher Adaptability to Teamwork and Cooperation

With the rise in multiplayer games as well as online gaming, this benefit is well known. When working together with large groups, there are a few skills that must be met to create a working team. Some of these skills are learning to compromise, pattern recognition, and reasoned judgments. These skills may sound familiar from an average workplace.

Video Games Help Your Child Respond to Challenges

As most adults know, when overcoming challenges, a key factor is risk assessment. When your child plays video games, they go through the same process. They assess the risks of avoiding an enemy or take the risk of approaching them head on which helps nurture and create your child’s gaming style.

What About Responding to Frustration?

Video games help with this too! Have you seen how many times your child has jumped off a level only to have to restart at the beginning? Chances are you’ve only seen a fraction of how many times they’ve had to restart that level. The difficulty of games vary but chances are your child is working their way up to even harder video games.

This persistence can be credited to your child’s ability to rethink goals. Out-of-the-box thinking is a large part of most video games. Their ability to process and rethink the situation helps them accurately assess their skills and interpret information differently that complements their gameplay style.

After Seeing All the Benefits Video Games Offer, How Do You Feel?

If you’re looking for activities for kids then look no further! GameTruck covers video game themed birthday party for all ages! Wondering which consoles to choose? Game Truck can over a Wii party, ps4 party, or any other birthday party ideas! Want to book our mobile video game truck in San Jose? Just visit to book your appointment!