2016 CIAS provided plenty of options to unleash a kid’s imagination
With all the things to do and see at the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS), there were many aspects about the show designed to keep kids occupied and intrigued as well. When creating a show of this scale, it’s important
to have something which prov ides appeal to every age of attendees. The 2016 CIAS provided such opportunities for kids of all ages. Starting with the younger ones was the Volkswagen Children’s Playcare Centre. The centre was a free, professional daycare service that allowed parents to drop off kids aged three months to 8 years old, to keep them occupied for up to three hours while they wandered the AutoShow. Located on the 600 Level in the South building, kids were provided the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, interactive activities, a dress-up area, toy cars with ramps, and mini-cars toddlers could take for a spin. For kids who were done with being active, there were also comfortable bean bags where they could chill in front of the movie, Cars. Microsoft also got in on the fun, with the Xbox One Gaming Area, where kids could push the limits of automotive racing with Forza Motorsports 6, the latest release in the series.
The game features a large, open-world, with plenty of different makes, models, and add-on content designed to make an incredible gaming experience. Ford gave kids (and some adults) the opportunity to bring their dreams to life with the opportunity to create their own colour scheme on a Ford truck or work van, and turn it into a 3D, moving model, complete to their design. But perhaps one of the most exciting attractions was one that wasn’t specifically designed for kids-only. Mississauga based remote-control hobby company Big Boys with Cool Toys set up a room full of everything from airplanes and helicopters, to drones, electric race tracks and more. Throughout the day, those interested in what they had to offer were wowed with live demonstrations, sales experts providing detailed information on the latest tech, and the opportunity to race against one another on the electric race track. Regardless of what your kid was into, the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow provided plenty to both entertain and help unleash their imaginations in the automotive world. Written by Tabitha Wells