As with language acquisition, there is only a small window during childhood when humans have the ability to learn to play, after which learning requires many semesters of collegiate studies and thousands of flash cards. Today's Groupon takes advantage of this brief skill-learning window: for $25, you get three drop-in kids’ classes at Great Play of Redmond. Classes are able to be split among different siblings, so your three children could potentially attend one class each.
At Great Play, kids can explore their existing motor and sports abilities and develop new ones in a non-competitive atmosphere complete with interactive scenes and games projected on the walls. Half a dozen computers control eight projectors while a directional sound system and a dozen sensing systems turn the 3,000-square-foot play space into an Interactive Arena. Kids aged six months to 3rd grade are separated into age-appropriate classes to ensure all young ones get the most out of each class. For younger players, the classes unfold as stories projected in the arena, where young movers can jump into snow hills or limbo on a sunny beach. Older kids will be coached on a range of sports skills, such as basketball dribbling or passing a football. During some classes, the projections transform into interactive games such as a wall of glass bottles that electronically shatter when a ball hits them, providing all the ball-throwing exercise and glass-shattering fun of playing catch in the formal dining room, sans dangerous shrapnel and inconvenient sweep-up.
Kids who play as kids learn to love the confidence of seeing their successes replayed before their eyes, the universal usefulness of cross-trainers, and the endorphin rewards of an active lifestyle. Check the schedule for class times and call or email ahead to reserve a space for each future decathlete.
- Scenes like a cityscape or beach are projected onto the walls. When your child throws a ball at the wall and hits the door of the building, the door opens! Hit the sun at the top and suddenly day turns into night! My daughter went crazy playing with the interactive walls. – Ruby Slipper Guide
- It's also fun for me because I get to play with my daughter and help her with some of the activities. Definitely a good bonding experience for us. – Kim, Google maps
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