4. Hobby Bubbles
Digital 'hobby bubbles' will surround everyone, radiating all the things about them that they want to share with others, meaning awkward introductions will be a thing of the past. Kids will upload all their hobbies and likes to new social networking sites, designed especially for kids, which will then appear around them by over-eye visors.What this will mean for holiday Kids Clubs: This will help children make new friends at Kids Clubs, as they will simply see the ones who share similar interests. With a third (32%) of kids surveyed saying their favourite part of Kids Clubs is the chance to make new friends and almost all (93%) kids already using technology such as Netbooks, Kindles or VTech Hobby Bubbles are an ideal development. With 'hobby bubbles' giving children the opportunity to meet new friends and the potential to stay in touch with pen friends digitally - the Kids Clubs of the future could be creating friendships for life. Futurologist, Ian Pearson comments "The future of holiday Kids Clubs is a truly remarkable topic. The technologies that are connecting, empowering, and surrounding kids today will continue to develop to keep pace with the ever more immediate world of child expectation and interaction. With touchscreens, simple programming languages, and ever less complex ways for humans to interact with computers, children are in a position to gain an elevated level of technical ability. When you put this access into the time-rich and adventurous world of Kids Clubs and child-play, it's easy to imagine an entirely new level of empowerment for kids. For young people, a journey into the unknown is a daily experience and on holiday this sense of freedom, exploration and freshness is even more powerful." Luke Gaskins, Head of Product Development and Delivery at TUI UK and Ireland, adds "At Thomson, our focus is on enhancing social interaction - after all, Kids Clubs are all about meeting new friends, having fun and learning new skills. We're constantly adding new fun experiences that kids will have never tried before at home. We're committed to delivering the most innovative and exciting entertainment and products for our guests and are already considering introducing some new innovations at our Kids Clubs over the next few years. From immersive simulator rooms to connecting children at different Kids Clubs around the world so they can share ideas and play games interactively with each other. Our research into Kids Clubs of the Future will really help to shape our thinking and ensure we mix the traditional joys of Kids Club with modern technology that will enhance kids' holiday experiences to make interaction even more engaging".