If your children love video games, there is a new birthday party option that has recently rolled into town. GameCave is a fully equipped trailer with a video-game theatre and state-of-the-art equipment.
According to Matthew Callender, one of the founders, parents love that the company takes care of everything and there is nothing for them to do but let the kids out the front door once the trailer has parked outside the house.
GameCave takes care of setup, supervision, instruction, entertainment and packing up after the party. The trailer is equipped with five TVs, four virtual reality stations, and all the latest games, including multi-player games for XBox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch and Playstation VR. They can accommodate up to 20 players at a time. There is no age limit, but the company recommends that children be over 6 years old; younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Virtual reality games are recommended for children 12 and over.
On the day of the party, parents give staff a list of games they approve of, depending on the ages of the children. The trailer will arrive two hours in advance to set up, and runs off its own generator. Before the party begins, staff will give partygoers instructions on how to play the games and go over the rules. Then, it’s all fun and games for the next few hours.
Callender says that the company goal was to create an arcade-type atmosphere that could be brought to your front door. “There’s nowhere really anymore where kids can just run in and play a bunch of video games together,” he says.
The company started in September 2018, and business has been booming ever since. Magda Field, a Montreal parent, recently booked the GameCave for her son’s birthday party, and says that the experience was positive. “They were nice, helpful, and not one kid felt like they were left behind,” she says.
The average cost for parents will run between $300-$450, depending on the number of children and the length of time. The basic package is for two hours of game play, but this can be extended.
The theatre travels anywhere on the island of Montreal and its surrounding areas, in a radius of approximately 50 km. Prices may vary if the location is a significant distance away.
For more information, visit gamecavemtl.com.