The District Council of Grant are turning the Port MacDonnell Foreshore into a digital fantasy land, with dinosaurs, robots and kittens coming to play! Council, in collaboration with GEO AR Games are converting a section of the foreshore (adjacent to the new Waterfront development) into a Magical Park; an augmented reality word that encourages children to get outside and be active with their devices.
District Council of Grant Deputy CEO Jane Fetherstonhaugh said it was the first of its kind in the Limestone Coast. “Children download the Magical Park app onto a smart phone or tablet, and it transforms the designated space into a magical playground.
They can run around with their friends and complete gaming tasks such as saving kittens, evading dinosaurs or learning about recycling by collecting litter.” “We are very excited to present this to the community.
A Magical Park opens up a whole new dimension, linking devices to the outdoors and it’s a natural follow on from the great work Council have been doing with schools in our district in the STEM space” “Council have made this available for use for a period of 12 months, with new content being rotated through on a regular basis.
We are encouraging families to keep coming back to Port MacDonnell to try out new games and have some fun.
It all begins from the 18th of December 2018 till the 16th of December 2019 at the Port MacDonnell Foreshore Park and its all free!!!
Described as a digital playground, Magical Park uses augmented reality to project digital experiences onto real environments through electronic devices. The app is geofenced, so it only works within the boundaries that Council set, keeping the kids off the road. Content changes every 6 to 8 weeks, keeping the game new and exciting. So jump off the couch, head down to the Port MacDonnell foreshore and discover the wonders hiding at the park!
Tips for parents:
- Download the free Magical Park app on Wi-Fi before arriving
- Internet access or mobile data is needed to play
- Please supervise children while they play
- Ensure children wear sunscreen and a hat when playing at parks
- Magical Park is recommended for children 4+
Frequently asked questions
Where can we play Magical Park?
The game is only available to play in a specific section of Port MacDonnell Foreshore Park.
Is there any cost to download and progress in the game?
The app is free to download and there are no in app purchases, making the game completely free to play.
How long do kids play?
Average playtime is between 30 and 60 minutes.
What devices can it be played on?
Magical Park works on both Apple and Android devices. Devices must have an inbuilt GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass sensor for the game to run.
How much data does the game use?
The game also requires Wi-Fi or mobile data to run, but only uses approximately 50kb of data per game, which is the equivalent of a plain email. A Wi-Fi hotspot is available near the customs house (need to check strength before use).
What is the size of the app?
The iOS version of Magical Park is 116.4MB.
The Android version of Magical Park is only 59.77MB.
Each additional world download is about 8MB on average.
Google Play Store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GeoARGames.MagicalPark2&hl=en_AU
Apple App Store link: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/magical-park/id1278879990