Magical time at Watson’s Green

The Magical Park experience is coming to Watson’s Green at Home Hill these Easter School holidays and Burdekin families are being encouraged to join in the fun.

Through the use of a mobile device and the Magical Park app, families visiting Watson’s Green this 31 March to 15 April will have access to an augmented reality playground where cute kittens, dinosaurs and robots roam.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the app used geolocation technology, so when families stepped into Watson’s Green they would be stepping into a blended virtual world seen through the app.

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

“The idea is to get kids moving outdoors in a safe environment, while sparking their imaginations. There will be a variety of games so they can choose their own adventure.”

Council previously brought Magical Park to Anzac Park for the 2017/18 Christmas break and plans to roll the app out at various locations across the Shire during gazetted school holidays in 2018.

“This time around we’re bringing Magical Park to Home Hill,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council would love to see more children and families frequenting our parks, which are great community assets in themselves. Magical Park is an innovative way of encouraging them to do that. Kids are given the opportunity to get active outdoors while enjoying the use of modern technology.”

Cr McLaughlin said Magical Park consisted of multiple game worlds so kids wouldn’t get bored.

“Importantly, these games require them to run around and move. On average kids run between 500m and 2km while playing one of the games,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The Magical Parks app is available to download from Google Play and the iTunes App Store.

Visit the Council’s Facebook page for more information and for a video preview of the app in use.

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