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Peel Art Gallery Embraces Pokémon Go

August 11, 2016  
Posted by: Jacqueline O'Hara
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The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) team will kick off a NEW scavenger hunt especially designed for Pokémon Go players at Gage Park on Thursday evening from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. We have crafted an indoor adventure at PAMA placing lures at our three Pokéstops on Thursday, asking players to search the complex while learning about Peel history and hunting for Pokémon.

Pick up your play sheet at Gage Park on Aug. 11 or at the PAMA Reception Desk. The scavenger hunt will be available from Thursday at 5:30 p.m. - Sunday at 5 p.m. (during PAMA business hours) and three grand prizes valued at $75, $50 and $25 will be drawn at random on Monday, Aug. 15 (from players who complete the hunt and submit their sheets to our Service Peel staff). Winners will be contacted on Monday. Check out @visitpama on FacebookTwitter or Instagram for full details and pictures of the prizes. Admission is FREE and donations are always welcome to help support our facility and programming.

Our first meet-up, was a huge success with over 250 players stopping by to visit and chat with PAMA Pokémon Go trainer, and Visitor Services Guide (VSG), Ruben. We were thrilled to see so many different residents from the community come out and meet each other all in the name of gaming. Due to the popularity of Pokémon Go, we added a new expert to the team, Adem, an administrator from the Pokémon Go Brampton Facebook group.

"I was inspired by quite a few similar stories of young people from the community that came out to play and interact with one another," said PAMA VSG and Pokémon Go trainer Ruben. "Some of these players talked about struggles with social anxiety and depression but the lure of Pokémon Go excited them and got them active and meeting other players, it does not get better than that! It is also so nice to see multiple generations playing together."

PAMA is committed to connecting to the community and showing the beauty of art, culture and history in new and innovative ways. "It is so special that a phenomenon like Pokémon Go can introduce more residents to arts and heritage in such a unique way", said PAMA Manager, Marty Brent.

We welcome feedback from the gaming community and want to continue to evolve this offering. In the coming weeks we will be looking at creating a team based challenge and continue to offer fun prize packages with partners from the Peel community!

Please Be Safe - We ask that participants think about safety when playing. Please do not drive and play, watch when you are crossing roads and if you are searching at PAMA we ask that you are aware of your surroundings. PAMA has a lot of stairs and we are a historic site, so please use caution.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region's culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E.in Brampton. Visitpama.peelregion.ca to learn more.

For more information :

Organization:
Region of Peel
Address:
10 Peel Centre Dr
Brampton, Ontario
Canada, L6T 4B9
www.peelregion.ca