West Seattle Cardboard Challenge: A day to play

October 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(Video and photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
In that quick clip by WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams, you hear Marie LeBaron explain the West Seattle Cardboard Challenge – which became reality just about a week after she put out the call for venue ideas.

The Kenney (WSB sponsor) was the place, as Marie (above) announced, and local kids were the stars:

From left, that’s Patrick O’Leary, 8; Matt LeBaron, 9; and Ruben Smith, 7, checking out the puzzle game “Skittle Riddle.” See more, ahead!

If you missed the original inspiration – Caine’s Arcade is the story of a Southern California boy who created a colossal arcade from cardboard while hanging out at his dad’s auto-parts store. It’s inspired a movement for low-tech, high-touch play among kids – and this Saturday was set as a day for Caine’s Arcade-inspired Cardboard Challenges everywhere, including West Seattle, where of course there were games:

That’s Lucy LeBaron trying her luck with a tossing game that doubled as a fishing game. Building and playing all happened together – 10-year-old Helen Simmons (center of the next photo) built a cardboard-box game:

Retro inspiration for this next one, a Pac-Man game:

7-year-old Noah Gardner did some bowling:

He masqueraded as a robot for a while, too (that’s mom Mari Gardner helping):

There was golf, too:

And as with Caine’s Arcade, games offered a chance to win:

Arcade-style tickets!

A sweet time was had by all:


  1. This is a cool idea! I wish I would have known what it was all about– I would have brought my kids over there!

    Comment by WS concerned parent — 10:27 pm October 7, 2012 #

  2. Thanks Marie and the Kenney, my kids had a blast and it was so cool to have a local Caine’s Arcade event! Everyone’s creations were great and it was so cool that the kids were front and center.

    Comment by TM — 10:58 pm October 7, 2012 #

  3. Thanks for sharing a wrap up of our fun Cardboard Challenge!

    Comment by Marie — 10:28 am October 8, 2012 #

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