Are you looking for tips on playing Pokémon Go with kids? Here are some awesome ways to make the most of your Pokémon Go adventure with your young kids!
This post was written by my awesome husband, Allen.
Getting out of the house with your kids to chase some Pokémon can be an absolute blast and a fantastic way to bond. It’s an activity that everyone will love and you’ll be getting up and moving in the process!
Here are 10 tips for playing Pokémon Go with your kids.
1. Scout ahead of time with Ingress. Check out the Ingress map (https://www.ingress.com/intel). Enter your location and look for the circles. These indicate either a PokéGym or a PokéStop. This helps you plan a route for your Pokémon hunt/walk that will maximize your efforts. Of course, you need to make sure you know the area you will be going to with kids. Safety is always an obvious priority when out with your family.
2. Let your kids hold the phone and be in charge of capturing the Pokémon. If you are holding the phone the whole time, your kids will just be bored.
3. Another tip related to letting your kids play is to pay the 5 bucks needed for 100 Pokéballs because your kids will burn through them as they learn the timing to catch the Pokémon!
4. Plan a route with some non-Pokémon fun on the way. A lot of parks have great PokéStops and even gyms. Take your kids to the park and you can have some fun catching Pokémon and can give your kids plenty of time to burn some energy on the Playground. I know our kids absolutely loved a pit stop at the park halfway through our Pokémon Go walk!
5. If you have young kids bring a wagon and load up with drinks and snacks. You never know when the next PokéStop will popup that your kids might want to chase. Make sure you have supplies!
6. Use sunscreen if you are adventuring during the day! If you are anything like me, you don’t typically take 2 hour long walks. You’ll get burned and so will your kids.
7. Don’t be shy. If your kids are anything like ours, they make friends fast. We stood at one PokéStop where I dropped a Lure Module talking to another couple as our kids played for 25 mins. The kids had a blast and we had great conversation.
8. Take this as an opportunity for your kids to learn. A ton of PokéStops and PokéGyms are at interesting landmarks. Grab some extra Pokéballs and teach your kids about parts of town you’ve probably never visited.
9. Find a good location with PokéStops to drop a Lure Module. You’ll need as many Pokéballs as possible when little ones are in control and with the Lure Module dropped you can let the Pokémon come to you as you wait and collect more and more Pokéballs. It’s a good way for the kids to catch a ton of Pokémon and resupply.
10. Bring some friends. Playing Pokémon with the family is awesome, but when your kids bring their friends it just makes it that much more fun!
Bonus tip: You can use this map to find which Pokémon are nearby.
For a detailed explanation of how to play Pokémon Go, check out this post.