Partners in Fun

Partners in Fun, will be a mobile playground enhanced with augmented reality encouraging refugee children to play, learn & socialize.

This interactive playground will be moved around 3 different spaces in Athens (Greece) in May 2018, inviting children from shelters for asylum seekers and from the neighbourhoods to play together, acknowledge each other and communicate.

Partners in Fun is focused on the inclusion of this vulnerable group of children in the local community. Its main goal is to create an opportunity for contact, collaboration and participation that will result in long –term connections and friendships and, eventually, in an open society characterized by diversity and acceptance.

At the same time, the project will try to restore normalcy into these children’s lives by offering them two fundamental components of childhood: the opportunity to play and the opportunity to learn, as any child should be able to do. While playing in the playground and solving the digital riddles of the treasure hunt, all children participating will join forces and work together, benefit from each other’s strengths and skills.

Children in groups of 4 will wonder in the game level resembling a forest, that the ARKANOINT team artists will create. With the use of the provided tablets they will scan symbols that will then trigger mini-games. After solving the riddles and capturing the magical creatures the players will discover the hidden treasure of the created forest.

Partners in Fun is supported by “START – Create Cultural Change”, a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation.