Sunday is synonymous to family day. Expect it from a Filipino family to always get together on Sundays…going to church, trying out a new restaurant in town, checking out what’s new. No matter how drunk or tired you are from a Saturday night partying, the family will expect you to show up and mingle with the clan.
As expected, I am with my family on this day. We went to Century Mall in Makati City to try out a playground for kids. It is called Future Park.
Future Park is a digital interactive playground, made specially for kids (and kids at heart). The games are designed to promote interaction, motivate kids for physical activity, and stimulate their curiosity. Kids are given the chance to participate in a one-of-a-kind play experience that is powered by technology. These interactive games were adapted from different parts of the world so definitely it is a must-try.
Near the entrance is a Virtual Wall. Parts of the wall illuminates every time you touch it.
You need to wear 3D glasses and race against an opponent while dodging different obstacles along the way. This game will require you to move.
There are 10 patterns kids can choose from (building, jeepney, airplane, sailing boat, cars). They need to color and design it in any way they want. Once they are done, the picture is scanned and their work is displayed on the huge screen, moving from left to right and vice versa, becoming part of Sketch City.
Kids paint on the wall canvas by moving any part of their body. They can jump, move their arms around, walk from one end of the screen to another to create abstract art.
Colored balls in different sizes fall from above. Once they fall, the child’s silhouette on the wall can catch, scoop, throw or even kick the virtual balls in any direction.
Four kids can play at the same time. They can put any object on any part of the screen to serve as obstacles, then the cars can race around and fire at the opponent. The car with the most number of points wins.
Augmented Reality Sandbox
Sand playing with a twist. You can create a map with this. The blue colors on the picture depicts moving water and the other colors are mountains, hills, trees, etc.
My personal favorite. Fortunately, I was able to try this. Put on the VR glasses and try the Google Tilt Brush. It allows you to paint in three dimensions. You can choose from any environment like the night sky and outer space; and use any material like fire, or stars. The rest….use your imagination.
Future Park is a pop-up store, and will end on May 31, 2016. They will temporarily close shop until they find a bigger location. Try it while you still have the chance.
Location: 4th Level, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
Fees: Php350 on weekdays / Php550 on weekends and holidays
Hours of play: Unlimited
Reminder: Wear socks (socks are also sold for Php30)