Being Big for Kids: Great Times

Being Big for Kids: Great Times. Stefany Boleyn. Lifelong Learner. StefanyBoleyn.wordpress.comThis is the sixteenth post in a series on being part of a Big Couple through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you haven’t read the previous posts and would like more context, please click here for an archive of the posts. 

What kid doesn’t love an arcade?

Personally, I was never a big fan of the crowds and noise, but I always had a few games I enjoyed.

Our Little, Ryan, seems to LOVE arcades.

Earlier this year, we went to an arcade attached to the downtown mall. This time around, we decided to go to Great Times, since they have go-karts, bumper cars, and mini golf.

Unfortunately, we realized too late that the go-karts weren’t open on weekdays, but at least the mini golf was open.

On Tuesday, August 11th, we headed to Great Times.

Ryan was super excited to get the chance to play more games, so he rushed inside. We picked up our tokens and he took off. First, he played a game by the register as Daniel and I were collecting our tokens.Ryan plays a whack-a-mole type game.

Once we had our tokens, we headed upstairs to play more games.

Ryan found some sort of zombie game he and Daniel could play together. Zombies not being my thing, I chose to play ski ball.

Ryan used up his 30 tokens fairly quickly, so Daniel gave him some of his so he could play a game of air hockey against me.

He beat me 7-6.

Daniel played me next, while Ryan tried his luck at an alien version of ski ball. Daniel wasn’t on his game tonight, and I beat him 7-1.

Once we were all out of tokens and had our tickets converted to points (which we chose to save), we went to grab a bite to eat before heading out to play mini golf.Stefany prepares to hit the ball at the 18th hole.

Mini golf was fun, and Ryan was pretty good at it. We accidentally switched from the Red Course to the Blue Course, but we realized our mistake and were able to get back on track. Oops! 😛

None of our scores were fantastic, but Ryan had Daniel beat by four points and me by five.

After that, Great Times was closing up, so we headed back to Ryan’s place.

Ryan stares off into the distance while playing mini golf.Overall thoughts and lessons learned:

-Tokens are a good way to inadvertently teach kids about managing money. You have to budget for the games you want to play.

-Keeping score in mini golf is silly, but it was good to know none of us are very good at it! We still had a lot of fun.

-Arcades seem a lot smaller when you’re an adult.

Are you (or have you been) part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program? Did you ever go to an arcade together? What was it like?

1 thought on “Being Big for Kids: Great Times”

  1. Hi,

    My name is Anna. I am happy to have come across your article, as a few months ago, I moved to Canada to do an internship for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Many people have asked me what BBBS is about, and my answer usually was `We provide children with a positive role-model.` However, I wasn`t fully aware of either the meaning or importance of this at the time nor of the actual role of a mentor. What does `being a Big Brother or Sister` entail? How do they make a difference? Over time, I have learned a lot about the positive effects our volunteers have on the children in our programmes. Mentoring has not only helped children, but has helped their parents as well. Additionally, many volunteers feel that they have benefitted from the experience themselves too. I wrote a blog about the insights I have gained from my time at BBBS. Please check it out



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