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Karenpendragon
 USA
Freestanding indoor playgrounds with snacks Printer Friendly Version
Many fast food restaurants have done pretty well with attached indoor playgrounds. However, some of us prefer not to feed our kids junk food every time we need some indoor playspace. There are plenty of structured or semi-structured gyms and such for children, but very few indoor playgrounds for simple, active freeplay.
So here's the idea: have a playground indoors. Have an all-you can eat snack bar that is filled with only simple, healthy foods. Charge admission.
The basic playground ideas can be found anywhere. Just put it inside so it can be used whatever the weather. Use sound absorbing design and materials so the happy voices of many children will not echo and make the space unbearably loud.
The snack bar should be simple, healthy items: carrot sticks, apple slices, cheese cubes, etc. Besides any desire for "healthy" food, this would allow people with food allergies to easily find something they can eat. And children will happily eat fruit and vegetables when they are not competing with french fries. Organic and/or local food would be even better. It would probably work out best if snacks are in individual kid-sized cups (perhaps 1/2 cup), rather than expecting harried parents and klutzy kids to deal with tongs and plates. Avoid extremely messy and/or allergenic items, like peanut butter.
There should be enough staffmembers on hand to keep the playground clean, the snackbar stocked, and maybe pass out bandaids if needed. Children are not admitted without a supervising adult. This is a playspace, not a drop-in childcare facility.
Have plenty of tables and benches for supervising adults to sit. This is a space where parents can relax, socialize, do paperwork, whatever, while keeping an eye on their children.
Don't forget the little stuff. Have a nice bathroom, with toilets and sinks of various sizes. Have a comfortable nursing area. A small padded romping area for infants and young toddlers might be nice.
If you wanted to get even more elaborate, a separate quiet room for older kids and teens to play boardgames or do homework without interference by pesky younger siblings.
Reward: Build one in Seattle, preferably in the downtown area! I'll happily pay admission. If this idea was supporting sustainable agriculture (local and/or organic), that would also be a lovely reward. 

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dimmelus
 USA
Randomized Advice Forum Printer Friendly Version
There's thousands of websites to ask and receive advice on just about anything. What if there were to be a randomized one? Let me explain...
You'd get an account and logon. You can either choose to give advice or receive advice.
If you decide to receive advice, you select that option. It brings up a bunch of categories, kind of like a search engine (i.e friends, buying products, relationships, traveling, etc.). If it doesn't fit under any of them, you select "other". Now, what happens, is, you type in a question. This question is then added to the huge list of questions stored in the database under that category. First the question gets reviewed, then added. Other people can then add their advice to your question if/when they receive it. Hopefully there is someway to make sure everything is reviewed and censored so no one asks stupid questions.
The great thing is, you can come back in a day or two-or however long it takes, and get a list of responses. Some may be extremely helpful, some extremely horrible, some just plain funny, some just plain stupid. After all, you can rate their response! You could even e-mail them and thank them, or ask more questions.
If you decide to give advice, you click on that option. It brings up a bunch of categories (same as above). You then click on a category OR choose "All Categories". You then randomly receive a question from someone who's asking for advice. You can type up a response to the question, or skip it and receive another randomized question. If you've seen a similar question, you can select an option to look at previous advice you've given, and copy it. Once you answer someone's question, your reply gets added to a list of responses to that person's question, and they can rate the helpfulness of your response. This helps your rating and give you added benefits, you look cool, whatever.
Giving advice is a good way to cure boredom. It will increase your skills in communication and sociology. You are helping other people with their questions/problems and it makes you feel all good inside, right? That, and you can ask for advice in return. Everyone helps eachother. Sharing is caring. Cool, huh?
Other things to consider:
- Set up a system where you can only submit a certain amount of questions. That, or for every question you submit, you must give responses to 3 questions, or something along those lines. Just so there isn't a ton of questions, and very few answers.
- If someone gives advice, and the one asking the question has a question about that person's advice, they can response to their advice, with another question. (If that sentence didn't make sense, just ignore it).
- If too many people are asking the same question, create a top ten question list with the top rated responses.
Reward: I would be interested in being part of the project and working with the staff to create and/or maintain it. 

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Steve
 Austria
Mouse games for 2 Printer Friendly Version
Computer mice are cheap these days, and it's fairly easy to connect two or more mice to a computer. So why are there no games for multiple mice out there?
I can imagine all kinds of setups:
- A coordination game where you hold two mice, one in your left hand, one in your right hand.
- Challenging games where each competitor controls his or her own mouse.
- A collaboration game the player's movements are added up, so they need to coordinate with each other in order to not constantly miss the target.

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