Fun & Games

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Nirvan says: “I just finished this short film about a 9-year-old boy’s elaborate DIY cardboard arcade. Caine made his arcade using boxes from his dad’s used auto parts store. He hadn’t had many customers, so we set up a fun flashmob to make his day, and filmed his response. I hope it brings a smile to your day. P.S. Caine’s Arcade is in East LA. You should visit it sometime – Caine is still building new additions!”

72 thoughts on “9-Year-Old’s DIY Cardboard Arcade Gets Flashmobbed

  1. I just got done making a cardboard box house with my 2 year old last night after we installed our new dishwasher. In my blog I commented how a simple cardboard box and a little imagination can provide hours of entertainment for a child. When I saw this video today, it was a perfect way to start the day. It is so great to see kids today that have imaginations like this and parents that support it. I think Caine is an Engineer in the making :) I wish him and his father a great future, and I hope Caine never loses that spirit!

  2. Hats off to Caine for his tenacity and Nirvan for his ability to tell a story. Telling a story to convey empathy is not easy, but done well is so friggin powerful.

  3. What a great kid. We still have kids out here that use their mind and resources to make a positive mark on our world. Great job Caine

  4. Caine, ingenuity is a trait of all great engineers.

    Nirvan, thank you for sharing such an amazing young citizen.

    Simply awesome!!!

  5. Thank you. Very sweet film. Amazing young chap. He’ll go far. And good on his Dad too for encouraging him like that.

  6. Loved it! I have been telling my 4 kids all through thier life growing up to never-never under-estimate their imagination …. I’m going to be sharing this video with them VERY SOON.

  7. My brother and I made a spaceship cockpit with a big box and used milk jug caps and other stuff for indicators. It was fun on a rainy day!

  8. Great story. I agree Cain is a genius!

    My little brother used to do things like this when we were younger, some 25+ years ago. He passed away last year from cancer. I’d completely forgotton. Thank You, Caine, for triggering the memory!

  9. awwo!! how adorable!! its nice too see such a clever, imaginative, and dedicated kid. especially how he treats it like a real business :3 responsible at such a young age. most kids today are mindless blobs playing video games and watching tv all day. this kid’s actually making his own games, and showing professionalism xD reminds me of myself back in the day. a little inventor :)

  10. aw, adorable. i made an entire fleet of cardboard boats when i was a kid. i just got beat for making a mess. where’s my engineering school fund?

  11. What a great story…so glad it’s available to view (Thanks) ! Dad, you deserve a lot of credit for keeping up your Pop’s storefront and passing it on, love that tradition. Caine, you deserve a lot of credit for using your creativity and ingenuity to pick up the flag and run with it. Be proud of yourself and your rarity in today’s world, and good luck to you, but you won’t need it. People like you will make their own luck…all good !

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