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A picnic with musical mushrooms is just one game popping up in Times Square

Step back into the real world for a minute.
Times Square has already had a busy gaming week, hosting the Street Soccer USA Cup ovGetty Images

Pokémon Go has gotten even those of us fully committed to our couches outside. While you're here, why not try some games taking place fully in the real world?

FromJuly 14-16,Times Square will become one big gamingarenafor PlayTimesSquared, an experiment that asked NYU students, "What can people from various cultures who don't speak the same language play in a busy, public space?"

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That challenge was fielded by the university's Designing Play for Times Square (taught byGreg Trefry, who organizes Governors Island's annualCome Out & Play field day),and they came up with eight games, all free to play on the Broadway Plazas between 42nd and 43rdstreets and 43rd and 44thstreets.

They'll include a hopscotch map of the subway system, in which you'll leap over commuting obstacles the way you wish your morning train could;a"race" powered not by rolls of the dice but high-fives from passersby;a Prom Game that's "an exercise in both intimate conversation and absurdity" (okay, maybe that sounds too close to reality), a pop-up picnic with musical mushrooms and more.

PlayTimesSquared will be open to the publicfrom noon to4 p.m. on July 14 and 15, and from 2-6 p.m. on July 16.

 

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