The team at Hoop (a free app that helps parents discover family activities) have picked out their top events for families at this year’s London Games Festival.
Matt Eunson is Head of Engineering at Hoop and shared how his love of games set him on the path to a career in programming: ‘As kids, we would try to mod the games we were playing and this how I first got interested in programming. It was exciting to be able to change my favourite games like Medal of Honor and this inspired me to learn how to create my own!
In fact, most of the people I’ve worked with say they first got into the industry because they loved games. So I’m excited to see that programming is now much more available to a younger audience, with languages like Scratch developed especially for children. Games can help teach children important skills such as logical thinking and problem-solving, which are key to a career in Engineering. The London Games Festival is a brilliant chance to celebrate games culture and help kids discover the possibilities of a career in coding.’
At Hoop, we’re always working hard to support organisations that help kids discover their passions and learn new skills with fun, hands-on activities. That’s why we’re delighted to share our top picks for families at this year’s London Games Festival:
- Cosplay Parade and Family Day
Saturday 6th April | Guildhall Yard
A chance to make your own costume and accessories, before hundreds of video game characters take to the streets of London. There will also be stacks of free games exhibits and crafts suitable perfect for the whole family.
Saturday 6th – Sunday 14th April | Now Play This Festival at Somerset House
MythMash provides a non-competitive space for collaborative, fantasy storytelling and worldbuilding. The game aims to encourage positive change through interactive experiences and to show others that they too have the power to create new worlds.
- Trafalgar Square Games Festival
Saturday 13th April | Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square will be buzzing with exciting free activities, including a chance to play games competitively against the pro gamers, fun photo opportunities, life-sized retro games from the Actual Reality Arcade and much more.
Hoop is a free app that helps parents discover what’s on for kids and is trusted by over a million families. Listing over 80,000 different family activities each week from creative coding and game design to local baby groups, dance classes, sports clubs and more.