No school holiday is complete without a trip to Haldon Forest Park and this Easter, families can join Zog the dragon on a magical activity trail adventure.
Forestry England’s latest partnership with Magic Light Pictures has brought everyone’s favourite dragon – based on the eponymous book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – back to the forest. The family activity trail and a free interactive app, developed by Arcade, encourage your little dragons to learn about how they can care for the forest and how the forests can care for them!
Zog is a loveable, if somewhat clumsy dragon at Madam Dragon’s school who is always striving to win a golden star. Zog learns lots of essential dragon skills including flying, roaring, and capturing princesses! Haldon Forest Park is the perfect setting for children to learn essential lessons just like Zog.
Connecting with nature is essential for children’s wellbeing and the new interactive family trail and app invites children to play in Haldon Forest Park. Whilst playing, children will find out more about forests and have the chance to interact with Zog and some of his fellow dragon students!
Grab a Zog trail activity pack from the Info Pod for only £4 before starting the trail for lots of fun things to do on your forest adventure. Children can channel their inner Zog by donning a pair of wings and completing fun challenges to collect golden stars. They can also pop on the magic glasses to look for hidden letters along the way to solve a word puzzle. When reaching the end of the trail, they complete a crayon rubbing to get their certificate and take a selfie with Zog! The activity trail is 1.5 miles long, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, with seating available along the route.
To complement the trail and to take your dragon training to the next level, download the free augmented reality app, ‘Zog: A Forest Adventure’. The app has lots of bonus activities to complete including a roar-ometer, a dance challenge and the chance to become Zog.
Katy Harrison, Haldon Forest Park manager, says: “Zog is a real family favourite and I’m thrilled to welcome him back to Haldon Forest Park to help children master their dragon skills! Children learn so many valuable lessons through play and the Zog trail is an excellent opportunity to get kids out in nature to learn all the lessons that little dragons need to know. If you haven’t visited the forest recently, Easter is the perfect time to join us for a brilliant day out.”
Alex Sanson, Brand Manager at Magic Light says: “Forestry England sites offer the perfect classroom for budding little dragons. The new Zog trails offer a great opportunity to young explorers to learn about all the wonderful ways our forests can look after us and how we can look after them. The AR app adds a fun extra element so that children can explore the character, the story and the forest in a new way”
Jon Meggitt, CEO at Arcade says:
“Several of us at Arcade have young children and know first-hand just how much Zog means to them. Bringing him and his friends to life in magical AR, and giving families even more reasons to get out into forests across the country, has been one of the most exciting and rewarding projects we have worked on. We’re very proud of the result and can’t wait to see all the little dragons earning their golden stars just like Zog!”
Further details of trails, app and free downloadable activity sheets are available from www.forestryengland.uk/zog
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