Visiting the Exploratorium — best Thanksgiving trip

This year I’m thankful for a chance to see the Visible Pinball machine in its new home at the Exploratorium. Visiting his awesome San Francisco science museum was the perfect end to a long Thanksgiving weekend. Kids and adults were playing pinball nonstop, so excited to see the game.  Wade and the Pacific Pinball Museum created a gift to the city and beyond when they made this machine.

surf champ pinball machineExploratorium will be moving to a new home at Pier 15 in San Francisco this spring — I can’t wait to see the magic they make in an expanded space. Based on the huge interest and enjoyment I saw with the exhibit, I hope more museums buy clear pinball machines for their visitors.

Best 5 Days of September

A few photos from the Pacific Pinball Expo, definitely my favorite five days of September!

Charlie Kuttner and I filmed the whole load in, an amazing 2 day transformation of an empty room to a pinball wonderland, and then of course I got to meet and talk to a lot of you, play pinball, see cast and crew members, eat donuts, and screen my films. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the show and to the amazing volunteers of the Pacific Pinball Museum who make the magic happen!

child plays pinball at pacific pinball expo 2012

photo by Charlie Kuttner

 pinball playfield at pacific pinball expo 2012

giant backglass mural at at pacific pinball expo 2012

volunteer repairs pinball machine at pacific pinball expo 2012

pbdg preview screening at pacific pinball expo 2012

photo courtesy Matt Walsh

Jeri Ellsworth Matt Walsh Anna Newman

photo by Charlie Kuttner

And congratulations to Jeri Ellsworth on her 2012 Maker Hero award!

Behind the Scenes of PBDG

TJ Beyer will be joining me at California Extreme this weekend to talk about working with the games on the set of Pinball Donut Girl.

TJ and Baily

TJ and Baily Hopkins. Photo by Matt Walsh

TJ looks pretty happy considering we are about to start exploding his AFM…..

after the blast

Photo by Matt Walsh