Kids in Paris: Entice Your Digital Darlings to Explore the City

Kids in Paris: Entice Your Digital Darlings to Explore the City
You’re on your way to Paris with family, a trip of dreams. You have the list of the sites you want to see and the museums to visit, but the kids are so involved with their mobile device playing games or on social sites that their reaction to the planned itinerary is “whatever.” Unfortunately, when teens, and even younger kids, arrive in Paris they often look more at their device screens than at the city. How do you get screen-kids who would rather play Roblox or Fortnite be inspired to enjoy an ancient city that is a world leader in delivering technology, art, culture, food and fun? Make exploring Paris a game itself, and everyone a game player. Here are some ideas. 1. Exploring Paris is the game and each player has an avatar Get creative and name the Paris game, such as Trouver (“to find” in French). Then each player (parents and kids) creates an avatar (drawn or on-screen) that has some French connection such as Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette, a gargoyle with a pirate face, a Call of Duty French soldier, an Outfit of Champions avatar dressed in a cool black and white top and blue jeans with matching cap or Cindy (of Roblox fame) with her quirky glasses. Creating individual avatars for the Paris game may make the city fun for gamers, plus be a way for non-game players to get connected with the family gamers. Photo credit: Adobe 2. Paris, Technology and Virtual Reality France has a strong technology invention background (the first public computer dial-up network to connect to the internet along with photography, motion pictures, aspirin and much more) and continues to lead in a variety of tech areas, including gaming. For example, Assassin’s Creed, the Raving Rabbids and Dorfus were created by Paris game designers. Even cooler are the various virtual reality places in which to experience the city. One is Flyview that safely puts users in VR glasses to experience flying over Paris, exploring Paris’ underground, or rebuilding Notre Dame. Another is VirtualTime which puts VR gamers face-to-face with masterpieces of art, including the Mona Lisa, or an escape game to save the treasures of Notre Dame. What a cool way to start a visit to Paris.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by FlyView Paris (@flyviewparis)

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Intrigued by France since her first stroll along the Seine, Martha and her husband often travel to Paris to explore the city and beyond. She lives part-time on the Île de la Cité and part-time in the San Francisco Bay Area, delighting in its strong Francophone and French culture community. She was a high-tech public relations executive and currently runs a non-profit continuing education organization. She also works as the San Francisco ambassador for France Today magazine.