If your tween son or daughter loves technology (and what kid doesn’t these days?) you should really consider planning a visit to the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, on now until April 21, 2014.
Held at TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto, this six week interactive exhibition is designed to allow kids to engage with emerging technologies and share innovative artistic experiences. It offers plenty of fun for tweens with virtual reality adventures, robotics, 3D printing, mobile apps, learning-centric video games and multi player installations that allow kids to explore their creativity using the latest technology from around the world.
We had a chance to explore all of the fun games and activities at TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace media preview last week, and can’t wait to bring the kids. Here is a sampling of some of the fun activities that tweens are sure to enjoy at digiPlaySpace:
Water Light Graffiti
Kids can create their very own masterpiece in this large-scale installation from French new media artist Antonin Fourneau, which is made up of thousands of LEDs that shine brightly when touched with water.
Join up to 7 other players for triumphant goal-scoring action in this fast-paced multi-player game installation inspired by Pong and foosball, from Rio de Janeiro interactive studio Super Uber.
Cubelets are magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no wiring or programming required. TIFF Kids has partnered with US-based Modular Robotics, the creators of Cubelets, to present this playfully interactive learning experience that allows everyone to be a robot maker.
Up to four players put the pedal to the metal to race Spheros, the super-fun colour-changing robotic balls controlled from mobile devices, around a race track.
Created by Toronto studio Globacore, this immersive homage to the classic retro video game Paperboy invites participants to hop on a bike, strap on a virtual-reality headset and pedal along the most entertaining paper route imaginable while delivering papers and avoiding obstacles. (recommended for ages 9 and up).
TVO at digiPlaySpace
Hands on activities presented by the creative team at TVO include 3D printing. If your or your kids have not yet seen the wonder of 3D printing, you’ll want to check this out!
Entry to the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace is $10 (free for TIFF members) or are available in a combo for $20 with a screening ticket to a TIFF Kids International Film Festival ticket or March Break Family Matinees program. Tickets and more information are available at tiff.net/tiffkidsdigiplayspace .
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Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)