West Seattle Cardboard Challenge: A day to play

(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:

3 Replies to "West Seattle Cardboard Challenge: A day to play"

  • WS concerned parent October 7, 2012 (10:27 pm)

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

  • TM October 7, 2012 (10:58 pm)

    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.

  • Marie October 8, 2012 (10:28 am)

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

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