Kid-made arcade coming to JP

(Courtesy Photo) Zhencheng Duan tries his hand at Wacky Watermelon mini golf’s previous appearance in JP on Nov. 17.

A handmade old-fashioned arcade will be coming to Jamaica Plain’s First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist Church at 6 Eliot St. on Sun., Feb. 24, 2-7 p.m.

The KidsArts! hand-built community arcade will feature a nine-hole mini-golf course, a pinball machine and kid-created skee-ball, foosball, claw-crane, mini-basketball and wheel of fortune.

“[This arcade] is about resurrecting a lost public space and helping kids connect with their neighborhood using their excitement and creations,” KidsArts! Program Director Helen “Homefries” Matthews told the Gazette.

While any proceeds will benefit KidsArts!, the primary goal is to create a communal fun and creative space, Matthews said. Kids 12 and under will be charged $5 at the door while those 13 and over will be charged $10 for unlimited play.

Over 30 kids will spend their school vacation week building the games to be played at the arcade. Adults have created a pinball machine and the Wacky Watermelon fruit-themed golf course.

KidsArts! is a not-for-profit independent program that offers creative and community-oriented children’s activities. More information is available at

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