Kids need some time to just play! We offer several ways for kids to play with Minecraft:
- Free Play allows kids to just have some fun. They can play on their own, or with a group. Free Play can include building, role playing, mini-games, and more.
- Guided Play adds a bit of instruction to the mix. We have several topics to choose from for Guided Play. The instructor will spend a few minutes at the start of the session, talking about the topic with the kids. Then the remainder of the class will be spent playing in a world that is specifically suited for the topic. Kids are asked to keep the topic in mind, and the instructor will sometimes walk them through parts of the world while providing additional instruction. Some Guided Play includes mini-games. We will sometimes also add a Build Challenge to the end of a Guided Play session. Guided Play topics include:
- Famous Landmarks
- Space Exploration
- Interactive Storytelling
- Build Challenges are sort of a combination of Free Play and Guided Play. Kids select a theme, or an instructor gives them one, and then kids get a set time to build something for that theme. When the kids are done building, we’ll pick a winner! Most build challenges have a prize, which could be as simple as bragging rights, or as awesome as a Minecraft plush.
Want to have this activity at your event?
This is what you'll need to host this activity:
We have 16 laptops, 15 tablets, and an Xbox to use for Free Play, Guided Play, and Build Challenges. Each of those devices has the appropriate version of Minecraft installed. Most kids come to our office for these activities, but we can take them to events if you have the following:
- Electricity. We can make do without, but not for an extended period of time, because the batteries drain pretty quickly while playing Minecraft.
- Plenty of floor space, tables, and chairs. The space needed will depend on the equipment you want us to bring to the event. If you want all of the laptops, plan on at least 4 6-foot tables and 16 chairs. We will bring a small table for our router, server, and instructor computer.
- Wall space and a screen, if you want us to bring the projector (we have one). This isn’t required, but nice to have. If you have a large television, we can hook the instructor computer up to that, but most of the time we don’t even need that.
- WiFi is nice, but we can work without it if needed. If you want kids to be able to play with each other, and don’t have WiFi, we can bring a router and Minecraft server, but that requires some additional setup time. Some of our Guided Play topics do require WiFi.
- 1-2 Coder Kids Club staff to set up, monitor, and assist.
Please contact us for availability and pricing for this activity.
Want to do it yourself?
If you want to set something like this on your own, you just need a bunch of devices for the kids to play with, and a Minecraft account for each child. That can get rather expensive, so another option might be to invite each kid to bring his or her device to the event.
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