SEE INSIDE: Birmingham’s coolest new games centre

SEE INSIDE: Birmingham’s coolest new games centre


Activate the games. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Activate Games is the newest play center to hit the Birmingham area and is bringing hours of fun to adults and children alike. Some of the Bham Now team checked it out (hard work 😉) to see what all the excitement is about. Read on to learn more. Ready to cut? Book now to reserve your spot.

What’s special about Game Activation in Birmingham

Visit Activate Games for epic fun. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

From bowling alleys to classic arcades, there are plenty of gaming options around Birmingham. But if you’re looking for something new, you’ll want to check out Turn On Games.

Located on Montgomery Highway, this new play facility offers live-action gaming adventures that challenge all skill levels.

Here’s how it works:

  • Collect a group of 2-5. Each player will be given an electronic wristband that tracks your progress – collect points, go through levels + win prizes.
  • Choose a game room.
  • Select a game to play.
  • Choose a difficulty level.
  • Enter the game room and let the fun begin! (Each game lasts 1-3 minutes; the full game experience lasts 75 minutes.)
Scan your e-belt to track your progress with Activate Birmingham Games. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

What’s cool about Game Activation is that when you enter the game room, your group will be fully immersed in the game you’ve chosen.

Each game room features interactive technology that responds in real time. So you can jump, climb, solve problems and have fun experiencing different challenges.

Get your game on at Activate Games in Birmingham – book your place now.

Games to play in Turn on Games

Now to the best part – the games! There are hundreds to choose from, and you can experience them all.

Here are some of our team’s favorites:

1. The network

Test your skills at Activate Games in Birmingham. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Your speed and agility will be tested in this fast-paced, high-energy game. As the floor becomes a grid of rainbow-colored tiles, your team will strategically run around the room to complete each level. Open the wrong color too many times and finish the game.

2. Circles

Become a basketball star at Activate Games. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Are you a star in shooting hoops? Test your skills on the Hoops Court with the colors of Activate technology. As the game clock counts down, try to sink as many shots as you can before the buzzer.

3. Strike

Digital dodgeball for the win. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Experience a whole new way to play dodgeball in this digital revamp. Instead of throwing balls at players, your team will work together to aim for specific targets on a large brightly colored wall.

Get the most out of your gaming experience

Grab your friends and try Activate Games in Birmingham. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

If there’s one thing we learned during our visit to Activate Games in Birmingham it’s this: you’re going to have a blast!

But before you go, here are a few things you should know:

  • Book in advance: Walk-ins are welcome, but this is your best bet to save time + make sure a game room is available.
    • Each game lasts 1-3 minutes.
    • The full game experience lasts 75 minutes.
  • Complete the security waiver: Required for your safety + to play.
  • Wear the right outfit: Active clothing is encouraged; Flat-toed, closed-toe shoes are required.

Age requirements:

  • For children 10 and under, a paying adult is required in the playroom at all times.
  • For ages 11-13, an adult must be present at the facility during the entire play experience.


Ready to play? Visit the Active Games website to find out more and book your place now.

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