October 14, 2016
Beginning on Oct. 15, Minefaire, a Minecraft fan experience, will take place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
For those unfamiliar, Minecraft is a virtual game where players build new worlds, block by block, by mining resources. The game is sometimes referred to as “virtual LEGO."
Families are invited to spend two days at the video game convention. The more the merrier, since Guinness World Records will be on hand as Minefaire seeks to set records — including a record for the largest convention for a single video game.
Individual records can also be broken at the Guinness World Records booth. Anyone is welcome to take on the following titles:
• Fastest time to stack 20 large LEGO bricks
• Most plush toys caught blindfolded in 30 seconds (team of two)
• Tallest staircase built in one minute in Minecraft (Saturday only)
• Most scarecrows built in three minutes in Minecraft (Sunday only)
Other booths will be hosted by The Franklin Institute, the United States Geological Survey and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
As for activities Minefaire attendees can expect, there will be:
• A 40-person orchestra performing the Minefaire music live, to open each day
• Build battles and challenges, where kids and adults compete in gaming arenas
• Four stages of live performances on topics including "Beginners Guide to Minecraft Mods," "Minecraft Coding for Newbies" and "Transforming Education Through Games"
• A Minecraft costume contest for kids and adults
• Meet & greets with the Minecraft YouTube superstars who have millions of followers
• Collaborative creating on a massive LEGO mosaic of a Minecraft Creeper
• Inspiration stations where attendees can learn from Minecraft experts and play in the latest "Star Wars" or "Jurassic" mods
• An opportunity to check out new, rare and custom Minecraft items
“Minefaire is all about connecting with your kids through their favorite game, Minecraft. We were determined to create a one-of-a-kind experience that ensures children are building valuable learning skills as they play,” Chad Collins, one of the two Bucks County fathers who founded Minefaire, stated in a press release. Gabe Young is the other founder.
Here's a sneak peek of what to expect at the expo:
All-inclusive tickets for the event range from $49-$74 per person (kids ages 2 and younger can attend for free). Parking at the expo is free.
Saturday, Oct. 15: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16: 9a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets beginning at $49 per person
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA