Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.
If your kids are among the droves of children across the nation following their phones to the location of hidden Pokémon Go characters, here are a few tips for keeping your hunt safe, as well as our top spots for hunting characters around St. Louis.
TeenSafe, a cell phone tracking and monitoring device for parents of teens, reminds parents to be aware of a few risks associated with the app, including Pokestops that are located in settings that aren’t appropriate for children and teens; the risk of strangers offering help to players; and the game’s battery usage, which could leave players stranded with a dead phone.
TeenSafe shares these tips to help families enjoy Pokémon Go safely:
Be aware of your surroundings: Children should be reminded to look up from their phones frequently to avoid running into things, and to be aware of cars that might be following them.
Set limits: When possible, join your kids in the hunt; when you’re not available, send children out in groups together, and be clear about how far they may go.
Bring a portable charger: Keep phones fully charged throughout the hunt with a portable charger.
Looking for some fun spots around St. Louis to begin your hunt? Here are a few of our favorites:
Missouri Department of Conservation: Missouri Department of Conservation areas have long been a great place for seeing waterfowl, turtles, snakes, frogs, lizards, deer and other Missouri wildlife, but did you know they’re also a great place for spotting Pokémon? August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles and Powder Valley Conservation Nature Area in Kirkwood are both home to these fascinating inhabitants. Get the details from Missouri Department of Conservation.
Saint Louis Science Center: Hunt your Pokémon Go characters alongside the infamous Mr. T. Rex at the Saint Louis Science Center, where visitors will find a Pokestop (Can Mr. T. Rex operate an iPhone with those little arms?). A Gym can be found inside the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, and a few Pokestops are also located outside the planetarium.
Missouri History Museum: Apparently Pokémon creatures are time travelers, because the Missouri History Museum, located in Forest Park, has become a popular stomping ground, and is even home to a Pokémon Gym. After you’re done hunting, spend a little time playing in the History Clubhouse, and be sure to share your photos with #PokemonGoMHM.
Missouri Botanical Garden: Pokémon Go characters love to play in the Missouri Botanical Garden, and you will, too! Follow Missouri Botanical Garden on Twitter at @mobotgarden to keep up with the latest Pokémon action.
St. Charles City-County Library District: Looking for a Pokémon Go Gym? Book it to the Spencer Road, Middendorf-Kredell and Kathryn Linnemann Branches of St. Charles City-County Library District. Pokestops can be found at Middendorf-Kredell, McClay, Spencer Road, Discovery Village, Kathryn Linnemann, WingHaven (R), Kisker Road, Corporate Parkway, Deer Run and North County branches of St. Charles City-County Library.