A Microsoft Store just opened in San Francisco at the Westfield Shopping Center (the newest, fanciest mall with Bloomingdale’s off the Powell St BART station). It is a brightly lit shopping extravaganza for fans of the XBox and other MS projects.
I joined a cadre of media to watch the grand opening store unveiling in order to share the most family-friendly features with you.
Free resources for families
For ages 2 to 5, little
kids will get a hands-on introduction to technology with MS tools and toys (from keyboard to Kinect). Don’t expect a lecture; to make it fun, children will solve mysteries and use their imaginations. There are also the three S’s: stories, songs, and snacks! Classes are about an hour long and caregivers must remain. Find the schedule and specific topics for Tech Tots.
Your child, age 8 to 13, will have a blast while learning in these FREE sessions. Different topics every day relate to digital literacy, gaming, and telling stories with MS products in a two-hour workshop format from making digital movies, creating photo collages or publishing a story in Word with illustrations created in Fresh Paint.
The program is free, but there is limited space so you have to sign up in advance as they are really popular for kids. Find the schedule and more detail about these creative YouthSpark Camps. ps I had to put the word camp in quotes (picture me doing air quotes) because parents are required to stick around.
Community Events Space
The theater space inside the store can be reserved for FREE to host your mom’s group event, homeschool class, birthday party, or ladies karaoke night. The store will provide the party area, the biggest screen you’ve ever seen up-close and fun Xbox games as needed. You can work with the in-store community specialist to develop a learning or playing curriculum together. You provide food, drinks, and decor.
For a limited time, you can win $100 gift certificate to spend at the new store. Please wait patiently for the rafflecopter widget to load and then enter for your chances.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the new Microsoft Stores. There isn’t one in Oakland or Berkeley yet so I visited the San Francisco location. New stores are opening All The Time. Find out even more about the amenities. If SF is not your closest Microsoft Store, use their Locator page. Microsoft retail store is also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
[Photos by me, Microsoft, Microsoft, me]