The National Videogame Museum in Frisco has more than more than 100,000 video-game artifacts on display. Maricar Estrella Star-Telegram
The National Videogame Museum in Frisco has more than more than 100,000 video-game artifacts on display. Maricar Estrella Star-Telegram

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Get in free at the National Videogame Museum

By Maricar Estrella

maricar@star-telegram.com

September 21, 2016 03:03 PM

UPDATED September 21, 2016 03:34 PM

FRISCO

Attention gamers! There’s a way to get free admission to the National Videogame Museum this week.

To celebrate North Texas Giving Day on Tuesday, September 22, the Frisco museum is offering free admission from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The museum, located within the Frisco Discovery Center, has more than more than 100,000 video-game artifacts on display with most available to play including the world’s largest Pong game and coin-operated classics such as Donkey Kong and Pac-Man.

While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by one of the Giving Day computers to make an option donation. (You can also donate here.) All donations will help fund STEM-focused programs and will help preserve rare games and museum artifacts.

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My 15-year-old participated ina STEM program this summer. He learned how to make a basic video game and had a great time at the workshop.

The program, a collaboration between the museum, the National STEM Video Game Challenge and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, invited middle and high school students to attend the free video game design workshop. At the workshop, the students participated in hands-on exercises and tested each other’s games. at NVM this month.

While my 15-year-old was at the workshop, my 6-year-old was able to explore the museum and go back in time with me to my ’80s heyday.

At one point, I dared to suggest to him that I wanted a photo-op. He replied: “I can't. I have to focus on my video game.”

A suggestion to parents: If you take your children the museum, let them play.

For more information about the museum, go to nvmusa.org

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Maricar Estrella: 817-390-7720, @maricare

NATIONAL VIDEOGAME MUSEUM

8004 North Dallas Parkway, Frisco

Cost: $12; $10, ages 10 and younger; Free, 3 and younger

972-668-8400; www.nvmusa.org