Power Up: Science Museum's Gaming Extravaganza Returns This April

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 26 months ago

Last Updated 18 March 2022

Power Up: Science Museum's Gaming Extravaganza Returns This April
© Benjamin Ealovega, Science Museum

Play hundreds of video games on 160 different consoles at Science Museum this April.

Power Up, the museum's annual gaming extravaganza, returns for a fifth outing, celebrating video games, consoles and computers in all their glory.

Play your way through the history of gaming, from consoles dating back almost half a century such as Binatone or Atari 2600, right through to the latest PlayStation and Xbox models.

In the year when classic arcade game Pong turns 50, and Mario Kart marks its 30th anniversary (anyone feeling old yet?), Power Up is a chance to rediscover childhood favourites as well as discovering newer releases. Single and multiplayer set ups are available, and there is, of course, a leaderboard — though do keep it civil.

Want to introduce your kids to the games of your own childhood, and show them what the world looked like before Fortnite? Power Up is suitable for age 5+, though under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. There are special adults-only sessions running on certain dates, for a chance to kick back with a beer and battle it out with your mates all evening.

Plus, Science Museum's monthly late takes on a gaming theme for the 27 April edition, and there's a sensory-friendly Power Up experience on 16 April, for families with anyone who benefits from a quieter visit, such as those on the autism spectrum.

Power Up is at Science Museum, 2-19 April 2022. Tickets start at £8 and need to be booked in advance.