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The safer alternative to Pokemon Go for kids
Magical Park is a game made specifically for councils to subscribe to with the aim of turning urban parks into digital fantasy lands and getting children active. Devised by GEO AR Games, it gets kids off the couch and is free for families to play.
This digital playground is downloadable to your phone or tablet and can be found in the Apple iTunes store or the Android app on Google Play. The game is updated every 2 months with new games and new levels to base games, Augmentia (filled with fairies, kittens and dragons) and Prehistoria (Dino Land).
Popular in New Zealand and due to demand, various councils in Sydney are participating during the upcoming July school holidays on the back of last year's success. They're bringing back the dinosaurs and the fairies with recently landed aliens and a munching monster joining the fun this time. Children can collect dinosaur eggs, release innocent aliens from cages and rescue kittens covered in slime from a scary spider, amongst a host of other tasks and challenges.
Parramatta Park (in the West Domain Playground) and Lizard Log Amphitheatre at Abbotsbury are two parks in greater Sydney I've come across that are participating this year. Check with your local council to see if they're onboard and ask for a park in your area. When logging into the app, the game will also try to locate a park near to you.
Councils can participate in Australia (it's not just Sydney) through partner, Parks & Leisure Australia, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apart from the fun and exercise value in this game, what I like is the safety factor built into it. The game won't open outside the designated and carefully chosen parks and that provides some relief for parents.
Suitable for 6-11 year olds, this mixed reality game has the kids not just moving their fingers around on a screen but walking and running around exploring whilst sparking their imagination. Flat open parks are chosen, ideally around the size of a sports field with car parking available.
For the tech-minded, the app uses GPS, Compass, Accelerometer and Gyroscope which are all found on most mobile smart phones and tablets. If your device is missing one of these components, you will get a message popping up advising your device is not compatible. For minimum operating system requirements, click here and scroll down to Smartphones & Tablets.
All in all, if you can't get the kids off the technology then this is the next best thing providing a healthy relationship with it outdoors.