Virtually anything! Drive a race car or space ship. Shoot zombies or be John Wick. Explore the space and the oceans. Have a pet, carnival games, and cook food, Boxing to music, Fly an airplane. Climb a snow encrusted mountain. Build a car. Fight off giant robots and insects. Shoot a bow and arrow or paint and create. There are already a ton of titles and hundreds of new ones coming. So new doesn’t mean dangerous but since many of the popular games are shooting games you will have to decide if it is appropriate for your child.
If your child is younger there are Minecraft and Mario Brothers stations so they will have plenty of things to entertain them in their free time. Besides, we are a sports camp so our campers are constantly moving through the exercise modules, going on field trips and such so there is a limited amount of time a child can participate in video games except during free time when they can choose to watch a movie, do an arts and crafts project, play games or participate in a physical activity like Nerf Wars, Nerf baseball, martial arts, or dance…
Most things in moderation are OK. One coke is OK… 5 a day might kill you. In our environment a child is not playing the game for hours but interacting in a group where everyone is taking turns and watching on a 70 inch screen participating with the person that is playing.
The research suggests that there is no proof of any negative effects but since it is a new technology many of the VR companies suggest 12 to 13 as a minimum age as long term effects of VR have not been established. HTC Vive’s VR is the only one that does not have an age restriction but warns against small children playing it. Some studies have shown that children using smart phones, tablets, even reading books over extensive periods of time can make you more near sighted.
VR headsets have optics in the setup that make the stimulus effectively far away, so, in terms of where the eye has to focus, you have to actually focus fairly far away to sharpen the image in the headset. VR might be actually safer than using a smart phone or reading a book. VR headsets are essentially mimicking the way our eyes already work by showing each eye a slightly different image, which enables us to perceive depth.
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Most Summer Camps only go the 60 cent Summer Fun Movies. Some are ok but some are like Charlottes Web which Harkins played for multiple years. We have a wide range of campers and always give multiple choices of movies every week. A 4 year old and a 14 year old have different ideas of what is entertaining. So on the morning of the movies (usually on Fridays) the parent will talk with their child and decide which movie choice is appropriate that day. We usually offer at least 3 choices.
Some of the highly anticipated movies for the 2017 Summer are Spider-Man Homecoming, Despicable Me 3, Cars 3, Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Emoji Movie. and Valerian and City of Thousand Planets.
Older children can also watch Wonder Woman, Transformers 2, Guardians of Galaxy 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mummy, Thor Ragnarok, Alien Covenant, and War of Planet of the Apes.
Summer Fun Movies are Trolls, Mr. Poppins Penguins, Secret Life of Pets, Batman Movie, Norm of the North, The Angry Birds Movie, Kung Fu Panda, Storks, Ice Age, Rock Dog, Secret Life of Pets.