Juice Box Jam

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Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

5000 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA 22311

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Join PBS KIDS and MAGLabs in a 48 hour game jam. Try your hand at creating games for kids 4-8 years old while having the assistance of a panel of experts. Your game at the end will be voted on by the public and internal judges and rewards will be given out at the end of the event! Saturday and Sunday enjoy MAGLabs while you wait for the voting to end!

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Looking for a team?

MAGLABs Tickets



Teams can only have up to 5 participants!

Teams are responsible for purchasing their own MAGLabs tickets and hotel rooms for this event!

Teams are responsible for bringing their own tech to use to make their games for the jam!

There will be filming and live streaming during the event!


Who is the event for?

This is for anyone who is interested in game design and is at least a beginner who can work on a team. We will not be teaching how to create games, but introducing game design for kids.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements for this event?

Attendees should be 18 years or older. Any minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times within the jam event.

Do I need a team?

You should have a team of 2-5 people. We are not against a brave soul attempting a single game jam but request you do stay for the whole jam if you attempt it. When naming your team please keep in mind the language you are using!

Need a team? Please go here to start or join one!

How much game development is needed?

This is for beginners to advanced game designers! You should be open with your team about your skill levels so everyone knows where everyone stands and if your team needs to give one another a little extra help. We will not be educating you on how to make a game but how to design for a kids game.

What are the dates and schedule?

The Jam will run from Sept. 6th to 9th. MAGLABs is opening their doors a day early just for jam participants. Specific times TBD and mailed out to participants at least a week before Jam.

Thursday Sept. 6th:

PBS KIDS panel with presentation of secret theme. Jam will start later that morning.

Thursday Sept. 6th - Saturday Sept. 8th:

Jam will run for 48 hours.

Saturday Sept. 8th:

Public and Private voting will happen, during which participants are free to enjoy MAGLABs.

Sunday Sept. 9th:

Awards will be presented that afternoon.

Where is the event?

The event will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center during MAGLABs.

5000 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA 22311

Get directions here.

MAGLABs information here.

Will attending Juice Box Jam cost money?

Yes some funds are needed to participate at JBJ.

Please get a MAGLABs badge before arriving for the jam.

You are allowed to snooze in the jam room but if you would like a hotel room you can get it discounted through the MAGLABs website.

You are responsible for your travel expenses.

What do I eat?

The hotel allows outside food and drink so food delivery is also available almost at all times.

There are two restaurants inside the hotel, a bar and room service.

MAGLABs will have food trucks available.

There are several food options 6 minutes down the road.

Can I stay overnight?

Yes! While we recommend getting your team a hotel room through the MAGLABs discount site, you are allowed to snooze in the jam room. Please note there are NO SHOWERS available in the jam room.

Non-jammers MAY NOT sleep in the jam room and may be asked to leave.

What should I bring with me?

Whatever equipment you need to work on a game! Besides that, we are recommending bringing along what you would take to a long festival: snacks, entertainment (handheld games), extra cash, changes of clothes, hygiene items (wash, deodorant etc), any medication, and possibly a sleeping bag or pillow. Also, don't forget a banner with your team name on it!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The event will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center during MAGLABs.

5000 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA 22311

Get directions here.

Here are directions from each major airport

Parking at the hotel is $26 a day.

In this area, it is easy to pick up an Uber or a Lyft at any time.

How can I contact the organizer with any further questions?

Juice Box Jam

For general inquiries please contact us through this form.

For harrassment/complaints contact us through this form.

MAGLABs contact here.

I (and/or my team) signed up and now I/we can't attend!

Thank you for considering to join us! Please refund your tickets so another team may be able to join. We would love to see you again for our future jams!

Will there be filming?

Yes! We will have a film crew, a live stream and a social media team at the event at certain times. There will also be interviews with the teams throughout the process that we will share on a later date!

Will there be swag?

Yes swag will be had.

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5000 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA 22311

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