Magical Park turns a normal urban city park into a digital fantasy land playground.
Utilising a mobile device and the free Magical Park app, playgrounds are transformed into an exciting and engaging world for kids and families to explore, creating a blended virtual world seen through the app once they enter the boundaries of the magical park.
Kids get to interact and explore a fantasy world where they have to herd kittens, run away from the bad fairy or come face to face with a giant T-Rex – all in a local park using your smart phone or tablet. Combining outdoor play with technology can motivate kids to get off the couch and be more physically active.
PLA Western Australian President Joanne Smith said “there is a growing concern about technology and the detrimental impact on children’s health and wellbeing. Our challenge is to think of new ways to motivate our children to exercise. Magical Parks does just that by embracing technology to get kids outdoors and moving around.”
Magical Park is aimed at age’s six to 11 and the vision is to get them moving outdoors in a safe environment. Kids who have used the game have said that they would not only prefer to play mobile games outside, but they also love that they get to run around and play.
Parks Week is on 10-25th of March and communities across New Zealand and Australia are celebrating their Parks. Contact your local council to see what parks in your area are “Magical Park” friendly.
What do you think of this interactive way to get kids outside? I guess it is really no different to Pokémon GO?
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