Family Day

Introduce your kids to the future through the past.

Sunday, April 13th is Family Day at the Midwest Gaming Classic! While kids 10 and under receive free admission for both days of the event, Sunday offers special events geared toward younger gamers. The following are special events that will be occurring for Family Day this year!

[Please note: We do our best to keep the show a family friendly event, however aspects of gaming history may be offensive to some parents. The MGC does our best to place these items in locations easily avoidable for families, however these games are historical and an important aspect of gaming to represent. We request that parents stay with their children, and avoid exhibits or displays which they feel are inappropriate for their children.]

Family Day Savings

Enjoy these special Family Day savings on April 13th:
Admission Only $15, Kids 10 and Under Free. We at the Midwest Gaming Classic understand how expensive it can be to raise a family, so we’re making sure that Family Day is especially affordable at the show!
Free Kids Tournaments. Have your kids play with other kids in competitive tournaments for fun… for free!

Special Family Day Events

The following special events will celebrate Family Day at the Midwest Gaming Classic!


Sunday Noon until 3pm (Moorland 7)

Cub Scouts are invited to meet up with Boy Scouts willing to help with advancement toward the video game belt loop and pin. Both awards can be fully earned at the Midwest Gaming Classic on Sunday! Find them inside or just outside where Star Worlds Arcade will be presenting the Mario Bros Birthday Bash.

Sunday, April 13, 10am-8pm

Open Sunday from 10am to 5pm

The Pokemon series is a great series of games from Nintendo for kids of all ages! Stop by with your little ones to check out what this great room has going on throughout the day, and participate in fun tournaments too!

Crafting Mama
Sunday (Moorland 1, 2, 3)

The Crafting Mama gals are back! The project will be announced soon. Projects will be done downstairs in the Retroids Room.

Sunday, April 13, 12pm-8pm

Mario and Luigi's Birthday Bash
Open Sunday from 11pm to ?pm

It’s a celebration, and you’re invited! The famous Mario Brothers loved celebrating their birthday at the MGC in 2011 and are back to do it again! Get a special “Birthday Ticket” at the Information Desk and then return at the right time to see the brothers arrive! Sing the brothers happy birthday, and for a small donation to the Boy Scouts of America get your picture taken with them and get some birthday balloons! Tickets are limited each hour (but free!) to ensure that everyone gets a great experience with these gaming icons!

Priority Access, 11am
Want to ensure you get in the Mario Party? When you are buying tickets, you can make a $5 or more donation to the Boy Scouts of America to get Priority Access. This is a special party at 11am for those who make donations, and may sell out. If it does, you can still stop back at one of the other times!

Sunday, April 13, 10am-8pm

Junior Tournaments

Family Tournament

Open Competition, 10am-4pm, winners declared at 4pm

On Sunday, certain tournaments that will offer a special “Family Division.” To enter these tournaments, you must have a child under the age of 10 with you. Simply enter with them, and you’ll get a special certificate commemorating your play! Certain tournaments, like the Fire Mario Speed Run, has a Jr Division where kids 10 and under may enter for free!

Jr. Pinball Tournament

Sunday from 10am to 4pm, Winners play off at 4pm

Are you under the age of 10 and wanting to participate in a fun pinball tournament Sunday? The Jr. Pinball Tournament is made just for you! Play a pinball machine alongside the pros, and the top four players at 4pm Sunday will get to play each other to determine the winner! Tournament is free to enter and just for fun!