Parksville Museum is inviting kids 16 and under to take part in a Minecraft building competition taking place Friday, July 21. — Courtesy Mojang

Minecraft at the museum

Parksville Museum to hold Minecraft building competition July 21

The Parksville Museum is inviting kids to show off their Minecraft skills in a competition taking place at this week’s farmers market Friday afternoon.

The museum is holding the competition for players aged 16 and under, and asks contestants to build one of the heritage buildings at the Parksville Museum site in the Minecraft game.

The popular video game, which has been around since 2009, allows people to build just about anything they can imagine using textured blocks.

Museum assistant Tiffany Elliott said the competition, which has been held at least once before at the museum, is a way to get kids to learn about what the museum has to offer.

“We just like any chance to share our local history,” said Elliott.

“I’ve played Minecraft myself,” she said. “It’s pretty neat the things you can come up with, and what you can build and create. It’s all up to the children’s imagination.”

The competition will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 21.

Contestants will have to bring their own computer, and have their own Minecraft account.

Judging will take place from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and prizes are to be handed out from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be participatory prizes and three top prizes.

The event is being hosted by Mosaic IT, said Elliott, and optional donations will go towards The Children’s Wish Foundation.

The weekly Parksville Museum Farmers’ Market runs from 4-7 p.m. that same night.