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Parents, are your kids going stir crazy? Are you having trouble finding COVID-safe activities for your children — or for yourself? Maybe it’s time for a socially distanced escape to Tech Time Gaming Lounge.

New Safety Precautions in Place

Tech Time reopened for business on July 1 and has solid safety precautions in place to protect customers and staff. All patrons and staff members must wear masks, and staff members wear gloves. Masks are available for purchase if customers need them upon arrival. Staff will also provide temperature checks for everyone before admitting guests.

“We have put extra cleaning measures in place,” said owner Steve Theobald. “We disinfect stations after each use, and at the end of the day we fully wipe down all equipment and shared surfaces.”

There are also plenty of wipes and bottles of disinfectant cleaners available for guests to use, so they can thoroughly clean their space before use, if they prefer.

Theobald has installed plexiglass shields at the front desk to protect staff and guests during interactions, and Tech Time is currently operating at 50% capacity, leaving plenty of room for safe social distancing. This equates to leaving every other gaming station empty, so no one is seated directly next to another guest.

New Attractions at Tech Time Gaming

In addition to adding safety precautions, Tech Time has also added more fun — virtual reality stations.

“Most people know what VR is, but they’ve never experienced it,” said Theobald. “This is the first VR station in Prince William County that I’m aware of.”

Tech Time currently has about a dozen virtual reality games, and they are constantly adding to their collection.

“You can try everything from baseball to rhythm games and even an escape room. Some of them will give you a great workout, too,” he said. “It’s a great way to spend an hour or two with friends and family and get some movement in.

The VR stations are 8 feet by 10 feet areas, providing plenty of room to move around and get the full VR experience.

“The graphic quality is incredible,” said Theobald.

He noted that these games are written specifically for these supped up gaming machines. They use much more computing power and are significantly more realistic than cell phone VR games.

“Most of these games are also social, and you can play on teams. Chatting with people around the world really makes you feel like you’ve been dumped into this alternative world,” he said.

Visit the Tech Time Gaming YouTube channel to view a variety of videos sharing the VR gaming experience. The videos give you a glimpse into VR Fruit Ninja, Baseball Kings, Angry Birds and more.

The staff thoroughly disinfects each VR station after every use.

New Simplified Pricing

Tech Time Gaming has also revamped and simplified their pricing plan. Guests pay $5 per hour for PCs and standard gaming consoles. If you buy two to four hours at a time, you’ll pay only $4 per hour. For five or more hours purchased at once, you’ll save and pay just $3 per hour.

“Time purchased for our PCs and standard gaming consoles can now be banked. So, you can purchase as much as you want and use it during multiple visits,” said Theobald.

Prices for the virtual reality systems are $30 per hour but can be shared by up to three people. This price is fixed, and hours are not bankable.

Interested in a free hour? Find the Tech Time Gaming ad in a recent issue of Prince William Living magazine and bring the original ad in to receive a free hour on a PC or standard gaming console. (This offer does not apply to VR stations, and photocopies of ads will not be accepted.)

Tech Time Gaming is currently open Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m., Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. Operating hours on Monday are by appointment only.

For more information visit their website or call 571-206-1400.

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