Magic to be had in Anzac Park these school holidays

Ayr’s Anzac Park will be transformed into a digital playground where cute kittens, dinosaurs and robots roam these December school holidays.

Following a successful trial of the Magical Park app at Plantation Park for Parks Week in March, Burdekin Shire Council is bringing the popular augmented reality game back to the Shire during December 9-24, with even more fantasy worlds to explore.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said residents and visitors could download the free Magical Park app on their smart phone or tablet, giving them access to games like Prehistoria, Alienscape and Augmentia.

“The games use geolocation technology, so when families step into the Anzac Park boundaries, they will be stepping into a blended virtual world seen through the app,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The games are designed for children aged six to 11 and create an exciting and engaging world for them to explore.

“The idea is to get kids outdoors and active. They’ll be running around catching virtual kittens, collecting dinosaur eggs and rescuing aliens.”

To coincide with the festive season, children will also have access to the Magical Park Christmas game.

Cr McLaughlin said Council would run Magical Parks at four Shire parks during gazetted school holiday periods over the next 12 months.

The intention is to have only one Magical Park operating at any one time.

“We’re starting with Anzac Park and, over the next 12 months,  we’ll also be bringing the Magical Park experience to Memorial Park at Home Hill, and Plantation and Coutts Parks in Ayr,” she said.

“If Council determines to continue Magical Parks beyond this initial 12 month trial, we could also look at expanding in to other suitable parks throughout the Shire

“Council would love to see more children and families frequenting our parks, which are great community assets in themselves. This is a wonderful way to encourage them to do that, giving kids open space to exercise and get outdoors while they enjoy the use of modern technology.”

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