Polar bears and a skytrain: kids reinvent downtown Winnipeg with Minecraft
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ hosts Minecraft lounge for Winnipeg children
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is hoping a series of Minecraft lounges will help shed light on how the next generation of Winnipeggers would change the downtown core to make it better.
Kids of all ages are invited to leave their mark on a future Winnipeg using the Microsoft video game, which allows players to dig (mine) and build (craft) buildings using natural resources (called blocks) to create everything from simple structures or to entire cities.
The BIZ is committed to taking downtown Winnipeg from "good to great" and is currently completing its new strategic plan, Borys says, a process the organization undertakes every three years.
"We have to nurture [our communities]," she said. "It's almost an exercise of citizenship."
One of the ideas children generated includes a skytrain and polar bears, an idea Borys advised against because the large Arctic marine mammals tend to crash the system.
So far about 12 children have taken part in the Minecraft lounge, Borys said, adding more will be held on the following dates:
- Wednesday, July 27 (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) at the northeast corner of MTS Centre by the ticket booth.
- Thursday, July 28 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre.
- Tuesday, Sept. 6 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) at the University of Winnipeg.