In the age of digital technology, it’s only natural that play spaces adapt these innovations and incorporate them in child’s play. We’re not talking video games but actual games that kids would love to move around and tinker with using their bodies and hands.
The Future Parkdelivers exactly that! Through a partnership betweenCentury City Mall and marketing solutions companyClear Channels, The Future Park is the first interactive digital play place in the country. Here, kids not only get to marvel at various digitally-generated environments, but they also get to participate in and interact with them.
President and general manager of Clear ChannelsVarick Ong said, "Future Park is a pure sensory experience, a futuristic take on the activity of play. We’ve engaged some of the most creative artists the world over to help us introduce a spectacular way to play."
“[It] is one of the highlights of the Century City Mall experience this holiday season. We encourage kids of all ages to come over and enjoy what people from around the world are enjoying,” saidJoaquin Tamano, Century City Mall’s General Manager.
The Future Park features five galleries—all of which will give Filipino kids the chance to immerse themselves in a play experience powered by cutting-edge technology. These exhibits of games and installations are also grounded on science, math, and the visual arts, and each try can surely challenge, engage, and stimulate the imagination. Even the kids at heart can engage in these emerging creative media technologies and innovative artistic experiences from the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, and the Philippines.
The first gallery is calledHead Rush, where a participant is challenged to physically dodge obstacles as one races against an opponent in a holographic 3D virtual reality world. Think Temple Run, except here, it's you who has to move your whole body to avoid the barriers. It’s like a video game that can also give you a sweat. Playing can literally give you a head rush!
Room Racers, on the other hand, is a video game set in reality. Using regular joysticks to control virtual cars, players can either race them or chase each other and shoot for points. What’s new? The race course is set by real objects that are lying on the floor. The virtual cars react to these real-life barriers, and you even can change these real-life objects’ positions mid-play.
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In Gravity Balls, colored balls in different sizes fall from above when you move. Imagine the dance video games that can detect your movements. Jump and the balls will fall from above; try to catch or kick the ball on the ground and they will react accordingly. The more movement detected, the more balls fall. It’s like being in a virtual ball pit!
The Social Floor allows interaction not only between humans and projections, but between two or more humans, too. Step on the floor and see a blot of color follow your footsteps. Try to meet another player on the floor and see both your color blots combine.
Draw your own masterpiece and see it come alive inSketch City. Choose from different city elements—a house, a hot air balloon, an airplane, a truck, or a sailboat, to name a few. Then, draw your design. When you’re done, have your artwork scanned and just wait for it to appear on the virtual city projected on a screen. Kids could spend hours here just drawing and waiting for their sketches move.
Are you curious yet? Bring the whole family and enjoy this new and limited attraction. You might think you’re just playing video games, but you’re actually interacting with family and friends, too—a perfect way to enjoy the holidays.
The Future Parkopens today, December 1, and will be open only until January 31, 2016. It’s located at 4th Level of Century City Mall along Kalayaan Avenue Century City in Makati. Tickets are now available for purchase onTicketworld.com.ph or via (02) 891.9999. Weekday rate is P350 (Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) for both adults and kids. Weekend rates are P550 for each (Fridays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 8 p.m). For more information, visit Future Park’swebsite or its Facebookpage.