Barbara Phelan sets to enhance the birthday entertainment experience 

The owner of Games2U drives a massive truck that’s an arcade on wheels, complete with plasma-screen TVs, laser tag and an inflatable hamster ball. Phelan drives through San Francisco and other Bay Area neighborhoods to throw children’s “rock star” parties.

What inspired you to start Games2U? Having tried every form of birthday entertainment with our own child for the past 10 years — from bowling to laser tag — we found that whether it was poor staffing or equipment failure, we were never completely happy with the experience.  

What is in the truck? The inside of the Sprinter is equipped with three 42-inch flat-screen TVs with Xbox 360 Elites, subwoofers and an amazing sound system. There is a fog machine, LED lighting and multicolored projector lighting. The van is also completely climate-controlled and self-powered by a quiet diesel generator. The outside of the Sprinter is equipped with two 42-inch flat-screen TVs with Wii systems. 

How often do you do parties in San Francisco? Approximately twice weekly.

Is it hard finding a parking place for the van in San Francisco? Parking is normally not a problem. We only require approximately two parking spaces to accommodate our Sprinter van.

— Juliana Bunim

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