The KidsRoom guides
children through an interactive, imaginative
adventure. Our goal was to design a story that
takes place in a real physical space that is
"transformed" into an imagination
playspace. During the story, children interact
with objects in the room, with one another, and
with virtual creatures projected onto the walls.
The story, inspired by Peter Pan, Bedknobs
and Broomsticks, and Where the Wild
Things Are, begins in a child's bedroom.
Once the children have discovered the magic word
by "asking" the furniture, they are
told to go to bed. When they scream the magic
word, the room transforms into a mystical forest
world. The children must stay in a group and
follow a path to the river. Along the way, they
encounter monsters growing and must quickly hide.
After a short walk, the children reach the river
world, and the "magic bed" becomes a
boat. The children climb on the "boat"
and paddle to make it go, avoiding obstacles in
the river by collaborative rowing. Finally, the
children reach the monster world. After being
introduced to the monsters, the monsters show the
children some dance moves, and then the monsters
mimic the children as they do them. Finally, the
kids are once again told to go to bed, and the
adventure ends as the room transforms back to a
following pages will take you through the