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VR Experiences for Grandma and the Kids

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Hoping to show off some VR experiences to your folks during the holidays? We have compiled a list of some of the top family friendly VR pieces out there for you to enjoy with your loved ones. Suitable for children and seniors, everyone is bound to get a kick out of these experiences. Happy holidays from the VRScout family to yours.

INVASION! – Baobab Studios

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“Narrated by Ethan Hawke and created by the director of Madagascar, INVASION! is a colorful VR animated short about a duo of aliens with grand ambitions to take over our world. Instead, they are greeted by two adorable, white bunnies…..and you are one of them!”

Baobab Studios has made it their mission to make VR that appeals for everyone and INVASION! could not have been a better example of that. Fun to watch for both kids and adults, this award winning piece is bound to entertain the family with  fluffy heroic bunnies with the slapstick Laurel and Hardy antics of two aliens.

Watch On: Oculus Rift Gear VR •  HTC Vive • PS VR 

In the Presence of Animals – Condition 1

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“Feel the presence of massive bison on the move from inside the herd, forage alongside a grizzly, lift off amid a million-winged flutter of monarchs. Experience a dangerous world with some of the planet’s most at-risk species: an endangered jaguar, a rainforest sloth and a mother olive ridley turtle laying the next precious generation on a lonely beach.”

This piece is one fo the most beautful live action documentary VR expereinces out there. You’ll never come this close to a Jaguar so prepare to watch your family members get stunned and jolted as they experience an intimate moment with each of these endangered animals.

Watch on: Android Cardboard Youtube 360

Alumette – Penrose Studios

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“Allumette tells the story of a young orphan girl who lives in a fantastical city in the clouds. After enduring tragedy, she grasps at hope for her future. Loosely inspired by “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen, Allumette is an account of the love a mother and daughter have for one another, and the sacrifices they make for the greater good.”

A touching story told in an beautifully animated world, Alumette is a short and sweet expereince by the incredibly talented team at Penrose Studios. Let’s just say that wiping your tears while wearing a VR headset maybe become an actual concern.

Watch On: PS VR Oculus Rift • HTC Vive 

Evolution Of Verse – Within

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“This celebrated, landmark VR film takes you on a journey from one beginning, to a new beginning. Created in photo-realistic CGI-rendered 3D VR. Watch for: The train — with a tip of the hat to the Lumiere Brothers.”

We know this is an oldie but goodie. It has been my personal go to introductory VR piece to show anyone from children to elders.  Great way to show the power of  VR with a gauranteed result of leaving people in awe with its beauty and visual poetry.

Download Within to watch: iOS  Android • Samsung Gear VR

 HTC Vive • Oculus Rift • PlayStation VR

About the Scout

Zeynep Abes

Zeynep is a new media artist who got her start at LACMA’s Art+Tech lab creating AR installations. She then worked at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier Exhibitions and is currently studying computer animation and game development for VR and AR.

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