April 13, 14, 15 from noon to 5 p.m.

Staying in town this spring break? Looking for some affordable, enriching activities for parents and kids from 8 to 18? Pixelkin is hosting a family-friendly event with the EMP Museum, Nintendo, and DigiPen all about creating video games. Younger kids will get to play games, older kids will learn how to make their own games, and everyone will get a chance to find out about careers in the video gaming industry from a panel of prominent developers. What could be cooler than that?


  • Panels of game and education experts
  • Hands-on workshops for kids
  • Video games from Nintendo
  • And more!

The game development industry is exploding with potential for creativity and exciting new careers. With so many pathways into this arena, there’s no bad time to learn about, create, and play the latest and most innovative games out there. Whether kids are interested in becoming developers, designers, coders, composers, or critics—or they’re just interested in playing games—they’ll find lots to do at Power Up!

325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Event is free with museum admission!
(That means EMP members get in free.)

The Panels

Putting Together the Pieces of Video Game Development
Monday April 13, 1:30 pm

It takes a lot of people to make a big game. From artists to programmers to writers, the roles in game development include a wide variety of options for those looking to break into the industry. Hear from members of each discipline about what they do for their job and how they got where they are today.


Nicole Tanner
Managing Editor, Pixelkin

Dima Veryovka
Art Director, E-line Media

Grant Roberts
Lead Designer, E-Line Media

Cathy Roiter
Designer, Her Interactive

Katie Chironis
Writer, Her Interactive

Zach Aikman
Lead Engineer, 17-BIT

Anyone Can Be a Game Developer

Tuesday April 14, 1:30 pm

Lots of people would like to make games as a career but don’t know where to start. Hear from university educators about the colleges and courses that can help you get there. Not ready for college yet? Don’t worry. Developers will talk about programs and amazing new tools you can use to start making games right now.


Simone de Rochefort
Video Producer, Pixelkin

Aina Braxton
Program Manager, Digital Futures Lab UW Bothell

Jason Pace
Director, Digital Futures Lab UW Bothell

Raymond Yan
Senior Executive, Digipen Institute of Technology

Laker Sparks
Engineer, ROBLOX

Sax Persson
Studio Manager and Exec. Producer, Project Spark

The Games

Copenhagen Game Collective

Dot Arcade
James Montagna

Elliot Quest
PlayEveryWare / Ansimuz Games

Just Dance 2015

Mario Kart 8

Olli Olli
Curve Digital

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Trine Enchanted Edition

The Museum

The EMP Museum is one of the top family destinations in Washington. It’s currently hosting several amazing exhibits, including:

Indie Game Revolution

Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction

Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic

Hope to see you there!

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