Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Air Hockey Tournament Night (Week 48 of Fireflies at Dusk: A 52-Week Project)

Air hockey is, of course, a staple of Gen X rec room fun.  If you didn't play it at someone's house, you played it some place else like an arcade or a bowling alley.      

With air blowing up through the holes, the little coin-sized puck can glide across the top in
the same speedy way a real hockey puck would glide over ice.  The hand held mallets can be
 used to hit the puck into your opponent's goal.  

My daughter has been wanting to have her Godbrother and Godsister over and all of us love air hockey so this week we had an evening where we got together and had a tournament. 

We have a table where we store all our games, and our mini air hockey game sits next to Monopoly.  We decided to capitalize on this by creating a concession stand and using the play money from the game.  We took play food from my daughter's play house and took turns serving it on a small tray.

While most hockey rink concession stands might serve the standard fare of hot dogs and soda, our menu was a little more diverse:

Mini Air Hockey Rink Menu

plate of plastic spaghetti............$5

wooden sushi............................$1 per roll

pretend lattes............................$1

plastic toast..............................$1

Note to customer: 
We reserve the right to charge $20 for a piece of toast when it is out of season.
All items "heated up" in a pretend microwave before given to the customer at no extra charge. 

Nothing is more fun than seeing the new generation enjoy things we did just as much, which is why it is so great to bring out the mini air hockey game every so often.  Breaking into a board game for play money and running a play concession can be a lot of fun, too....

(c) 2012 photography and writing by Chloe Koffas - all rights reserved

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