FARGO — A local video game cafe is offering their space to kids who need to get their online schoolwork done.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, parents can pay a daily fee to drop their kids off at Replay Games at 502 1st Ave. N. in Fargo. All video games will be turned off while kids do their online coursework, under adult supervision. If they get it done, they will earn game time at Replay Games.

"We're doing it right now with a couple breaks where there will be a break in the morning, we'll have some Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Bowling, Kinect games for the Xbox and stuff," explained co-founder Cassidy Schnase. "Get the squirrelies out and help them focus in on their work."

The owners hope this helps parents who need to go to work while their kids need to do school from home. The store's space will be dedicated to this program in the morning and early afternoon hours.

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"We really wanted to create something that's customizable for parents — working parents specifically," Schnase said. "Where it's like, these kids are too old for day care, but they're not quite old enough to be home by themselves."

Almost half of September's openings are filling up. Parents can sign up by visiting Replay Games' Facebook page.

Students will be asked to bring the following:

  • Devices and headphones
  • Supplies for schoolwork
  • Sack lunch and a water bottle
  • Snacks, though some snacks are available for sale
  • Masks are optional as the space allows for social distancing.

The regular rate is $50/day, with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. Those who choose to prepay 4 or more days in a month will receive a discounted rate of $37.50/day.