Check out digital play place Future Park, where your artwork comes to life
MANILA, Philippines – The Future Park at Century City Mall looks mysterious from the outside, but inside its black walls and clouded glass doors is an interactive digital play place.
At Future Park, kids and adults alike can dodge through walls and trees, play video games that involve tangible objects, and make colorful balls rain down from the ceiling – all through motion detectors and projectors.
Four of the 5 installations at Future Park were brought over from other countries – the UK, Canada, and the Netherlands.
Kids as young as two years old can appreciate these games and installations, something that Clear Channels Inc President and General Manager Varick Ong made sure of. He said that he wanted to bring those attractions to his two-year-old daughter, so he wouldn't have to fly her out to other countries to see them. Clear Channels opened Future Park in partnership with Century City Mall.
Here's a look at what's in store at Future Park:
Once you get your tickets and walk past the reception area, you'll be greeted with colorful glowing cubes – chairs for taking your shoes off before entering the main space. The floor is lined with turf, and you'll be given a pair of socks if you didn't bring any that day.
Sketch City lets kids use their creativity to create a whole city on their own. Desks and crayons are available for kids and grown-ups to color outlines of planes, hot air balloons, houses, and buses. These artworks are then scanned into the projected city on a huge wall.
The stationary houses sat on hills, but many people at the press event were excited to see their planes and balloons float through the sky.
One of the exhibits for older kids and adults, Headrush is a two-player virtual reality game where you race through trees and villages to the finish line. As a player, you must physically jump and dodge to the sides to avoid the trees and blocks that get in your way onscreen.
This installation is perfect for toddlers, but the adults at the press event enjoyed this one too.
As soon as movement is detected, balls that are projected on the wall fall from the ceiling and to the ground. The kids had fun kicking and waving their arms around and watching the balls fly from one end of the wall to the other, while the adults tried to pick the balls up – you could see the colorful balls resting on their shadow's arms.
This installation is also great for toddlers, especially the shy ones. As soon as you step onto the Social Floor, a colored circle will appear at your feet and send out ripples of color. When your circle or ripple hits another person's, the colors will mix and change.
Adults (especially the taller ones) had a harder time with this exhibit, because their shadows would get in the way of the motion detector in the ceiling. If you want to enjoy this with your child, we suggest you take baby steps, and don't crouch down, so as not to cast too much shadow on the floor.
Room Racers may be played with a video game controller, but it isn't your average video game. For one, the screen you're playing the game on is set on the ground instead of a wall. For another, your virtual cars are racing around tangible objects – toy shovels, stuffed animals, and other things that can be found on the messy floor of a child's room.
The cars can't get past the toys, and you're free to pick them up and move them around, so be creative about winning! You can trap your opponent by surrounding their car with toys, or even scoop up their car with a shovel and dump them on the opposite end of the screen.
Future Park, located at Century City Mall in Makati, opened to the public on December 1, and will only be open until January 31, 2016.
If you want to check out Future Park, you can spend 4 hours there for P600 on weekdays and P900 on weekends. Varick said that they might have discounts available during the holidays too. For updates, you can visit their Facebook page and their website.
What exhibit are you most interested in trying out at Century City Mall's Future Park? Tell us in the comments! – Rappler.com