There’s always an excitement that builds as you step foot into TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace. It’s like a tween’s dream recreation room, with exhibits engaging visitors in the best gaming, robotics and apps all in an hands-on, interactive environment. To add to the excitement, many of the exhibits are making its North American or World Premiere at digiPlaySpace. Opening in time for March Break, digiPlaySpace runs for six weeks at TIFF Bell Lightbox, from March 7 to April 19, 2015.
We thought the best way to tell readers about digiPlaySpace is to show you how much fun we had, so here are just a few of the exhibits from TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace 2015 that amazed us.
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PILLO Game Lounge
Toss that game controller and grab a soft PILLO instead. We tried our hand at PILLO Beats, where players work together in pairs to guide a circle through power-ups and yellow circles. Sounds easy, but player 1 only controls the up/down movements, while player 2 controls the left/right movements, by squeezing their PILLO. It took getting use to, but once we did, we totally rocked!
Pop and Lock Dance Machine
Strike a series of poses matching your silhouette and watch magically as you dance like a pro. Kathy and I had so much fun posing and it was even more hilarious watching ourselves bust a move.
Icewire Teensy Tennis
A popular, retro, DIY style game, with the locally-made LED display and custom designed 3D printed controllers made of biodegradable plastic. The controller was as light as a feather, and easy to use. I actually filmed this clip while playing at the same time (although multiple takes was required).
Be in the Scene Take 2!
Green-screen technology can take you on some wild adventures, such as a rollercoaster ride, standing next to two giant elephants, or flying like Superman.
The wearable headband device MUSE, uses EEG to read your brainwaves, and helps to teach users how to be calm and relaxed so they can accomplish more.
Pong Invaders Reality
It’s Space Invaders meets ping-pong. Grab a paddle and hit the ball on falling aliens to gain points. I’m not bad at ping pong, so I thought I would totally beat this game, but trust me when I say it’s harder than it looks.
Modular Robotics‘s robot building kits snap together magnetically, which allows kids of all ages to build. Test your bot building skills with their Cubelets and MOSS kits and learn how these products, through play are teaching kids about design and engineering. Try your hand at test driving a MOSS Mars Rover vehicle.
Push Me Pull You: Dogs
A cooperative 2v2 game where you and your partner each control the two heads of a single wiener dog. Together, you need to coordinate the dog’s body movements to gain control of the ball from your opponent’s dog. If you can keep the ball in your court long enough, you’ll get a point.
Tickets to digiPlaySpace is $10 (Free for TIFF members), or purchase a digiPlaySpace and film combo for $20 (adult), $15 (child). Film combo can be used for films playing as part of the Walt Disney Classics programme, Good Friday Family programming, and the TIFF Kids International Film Festival.
Visit tiff.net/kids-family/digiplayspace15 for more details.
Feature Image: Toronto International Film Festival Inc.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.