Today we are launching Meet Me at Midnight, an interactive art mystery Web site for kids. It's perfect for eight- to ten-year-olds and is meant to be a fun intro to visiting the museum and seeing some cool artwork. Of course, we hope to teach a little something along the way.
A junior reviewer, L.G., age 9, was an early beta tester. Now that the site is complete, she offers her opinion:
Meet Me at Midnight is a Web game where you travel on an expedition to return a piece of artwork back were it belongs. You play art games to find clues on where the artwork should be. Meet Me at Midnight also teaches about the different types of art.
It all starts with a class field trip to SAAM. One of the students sees a piece of artwork called the "Root Monster." The sculpture starts to wink at the student. The student is startled and he catches up with the group. Then one of the security guards stops him and says that he dropped a paper out of his backpack. When the student reads it, it says "Meet Me at Midnight." Later that night, after he goes to bed, he remembers the note and the Root Monster winking.
Suddenly, the student finds himself back at the museum. He sees the Root Monster carrying a chest. The Root Monster is so startled he drops the chest and runs off. You open the chest and see three things: a ballerina, a headless horseman and a coyote. Choose one of the artworks and your job is to bring it back to its home. On your way you play and learn about art. There are clues to help you find the artwork's place in the museum.
See if you can save the artwork before the Root Monster takes it! Do you think you are an art master? Try it and see what happens.
So, are you up for it?