Can­ning does its bit for games

Canning Times - - NEWS - Matt Zis

CAN­NING will play host to an Aus­tralian-first fam­ily fun and learn­ing ex­trav­a­ganza next month af­ter se­cur­ing Amer­i­can foun­da­tion Two Bit Cir­cus to bring its gi­ant tech games to Perth.

Prepa­ra­tions have be­gun for the car­ni­val-style day that will be held at Can­ning Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre and Show­grounds on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8.

Called Steam, the event will fea­ture per­for­mances and ex­plo­sive Scitech shows in a big top cir­cus tent, in­spir­ing talks from ex­perts such as Dr Lyn Bea­z­ley, hands-on work­shops to test peo­ple of all ages and ex­hibits by lo­cal clubs, schools and busi­nesses.

There will also be rov­ing en­ter­tain­ment, a food vil­lage and a ‘Sci­ence on Tap’ con­tainer bar for adults af­ter 4pm.

But it’s the 10 gi­ant tech games that have drawn most cu­rios­ity so far, some of which are so big they need to be pur­pose-built in Perth.

Cre­ators de­scribe the games as “both imag­i­na­tive and in­ter­ac­tive, blur­ring the lines be­tween phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal play­grounds to create a new world of so­cial amuse­ment”.

De­spite it clash­ing with one of the busiest Christ­mas shop­ping days, the City of Can­ning said the event would suit par­ents and chil­dren alike and made a strong sell­ing point of the all-in­clu­sive ticket price – $25 for a fam­ily or $10 per per­son.

“Come along, join in and help us cul­ti­vate the cu­rios­ity of the next gen­er­a­tion through hands-on, im­mer­sive ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties at the event this De­cem­ber,” Mayor Paul Ng said.

“The unique car­ni­val will in­spire crit­i­cal and creative think­ing for peo­ple of all ages and walks of life.”

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