This winter, I got a little taste of summer, Jersey-style. That is: a crowded room of shouting and running young’uns, calmly strolling middles, and smiling, photo-snapping oldies; the beeping-bloop sounds of electronic toys; and the sweet smell of sugar whipped into a pink, puffy cloud.
Sadly (and thankfully), the Homemade Arcade, created by the talented young-uns and staff of KidsArts! Multicultural Afterschool and Summer Program, did not offer cotton candy. What it lacked in kill-you-quick sugar, though, it more than made up for in creative, homegrown fun.
What to do on a snowy winter’s afternoon? Walk on over to KidsArts for . . .
. . . some Whacky Watermelon Minigolf.
Navigating a field of strawberries . . .
and avocado pits . . .
and a tricky pineapple-windmill.
Play some . . .
Toss a tiny basketball.
Dance, dance, the revolution.
Play Pac-Man . . .
. . . pinball . . .
This arcade really hit all the boardwalk standards, and with none of the wood splinters, dank carpet-smell, or dropped hotdogs. I’d say that’s a win.