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Grab your App, the kids, and discover some magic
During the summer school holidays its hard to think of activities to keep children active. Its tempting to sit around indoors with the air conditioner on watching a DVD, but if children don't get some daily fresh air and exercise they soon get bored, restless, and then the problems start.
Here is an idea for a fun family outing. I find it works best to get the children outdoors somewhere in the morning after a healthy breakfast, that they could make themselves perhaps, and then go somewhere before the heat of the afternoon.
Grab your kids for this fun fairy search.
The Australian Disney group in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Gardens locations in Sydney are bringing you a special activity outing this summer. The Gardens location is the perfect venue to stroll and for children to run around. Kids just love looking for things, such as a scavenger hunt, but this is a hunt with a difference using new digital technology. Just imagine their delight at searching for fairies in the garden. Sounds like a lot of fun. The team at Disney have come up with an App to take along to our Botanic Gardens. You will need the App and WiFi to help you go on the hunt for the fairies, which are hidden all over the gardens. Along the way you can learn about plants and biodiversity, and talk with your children about what you see.
Can you find Tinkerbell somewhere in the garden?
Before you go. To enjoy this day out you will need to have an IOS iphone 5 and above, or an iPad, but not a mini iPad, or an android tablet less than two years old. Check the website for more details. Firstly upload the app at home. You don't want tears at the garden when you find it will not work on your device. And the kids won't be too happy either. The App is available on the apple App Store or Google Play or from the Disney website.
Next you need to know the vicinity of where the fairies are located, so print off a map from the Disney fairy website or pick one up at the visitor centre at the gardens.
Now you are ready for your outing. Head off on your walk around the gardens. When you are in the area marked on the trail, aim your camera or iPad at the area and the fairy will appear like magic. You will need to aim your device in the vicinity and slowly move it about until you pick up the image. With some of these new apps its possible to take a photo, of the image so give it a try. Some of the navigation on the App is also in Mandarin for visitors to use.
Remember to take a map on your fairy search.
And if you find a fairy during your jaunt around the gardens, you can show your images to the gardens staff and pick up your free packet of flower seeds. Summer is the best time to grow flowers, so this would make another fun school holiday activity.
The Disney website has many other fun fairy related activity suggestions, with crafts and cooking and things to make in your garden at home, so you could continue with the fairy theme at home. Wow.
Lavender Wands are one of the many crafts you can find on the fairy trail wedsite to make at home
After all that walking about there are many cool spots to sit and relax under some shady trees and have a snack, or enjoy a family picnic lunch.
Locations of the Gardens where to find the Fairies Trail
The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
The Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah
The Disney Fairies trail is also available in Melbourne and New Zealand in case you are visiting there.
The Botanic Gardens website may be useful for directions and opening hours. They also have information on the fairy trails for each garden and some handy tips for uploading the App, which look more informative than the Disney site.
This fernery certainly looks like fairy country in the Roral Botanic Gardens Sydney. Image wikicommons
My tips for this activity In the strong summer sun images may be hard to see on a small phone so a tablet would be better. If you don't have one then invite someone along who does, and remember to upload the App before you go. Also you may see them better if you hold a dark umbrella over the screen. Another tip is the fairies may be high or low, or even on the water. You have to search for them.
With your fairies now captured on the App, you can view them at home and make them fly about. Oh and when you get home, that's a perfect time to relax after a big day out and watch the DVD movie of Disney's "Tinkerbell", as all the fairies on the trail are in that film.
There is so much magic and joy to discover at the Botanic Gardens this summer. This would be a fun outing with Grandma. Whoever you go with, have fun.