The cardboard challenge

Remember the online film about the boy who created his own arcade in his dad’s Los Angeles auto-parts store?

There’s a part two: Other kids who learned the joy of a few cardboard boxes and some imagination. Also, more adults who think kids’ imaginations are worth developing.

Imagine: Caine’s Arcade Goes Global from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

  • Andrew Hunter

    I heard you mention this on the Current. Caine became a big deal for my family last year. I was glad to hear an update.

  • bsimon

    good stuff, thanks Bob.

  • Nate Reiter

    I heard about Caine from my 10 year old, son, Owen. This year, he has had his finger tightly on the pulse of what is going on, youtube-speaking. He also watches a bunch of garbage. I feigned interest like all great dads do and watched the video that was imperative for me to see. Of course, I thought the whole thing was great. Owen’s passions are candy, rollercoasters, legos, arcades, and money. Caine hit on so many of these elements that it was seriously blowing Owen’s mind. He can be found selling Kool-Aid on Diamond Lake Road in Southwest Minneapolis probably 20 days a year. He does great business, which has as much to do with our community’s support of his venture as it does his customer service and quality product. I hang the used car flags. Recently, after a trip to LA with his mom [whereupon he visited Caine’s Arcade], Owen built a Caine-style golf ball game out of a mid-sized appliance box to add to the stand. To my surprise [again] Owen actually drew customers to play the game while enjoying their Kool-Aid, or others who only wanted to play and sign their high scores right on the game. Now I really get it. It’s not just words–we really do have an entrepreneur on our hands. I am also psyched that he has another interest outside of Mine Craft and Portal. But that’s a completely different News Cut. I’m getting on the GLOBAL DAY OF PLAY bus; October 6 is right around the corner. Thanks for this follow-up! I will have to tell Owen about it tomorrow if he doesn’t already know. He’s probably already the Minneapolis Kingpin for the Cardboard Challenge.