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ClubTimeMachine

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Hefty fee and lengthy how-to outweigh educational benefit.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this educational virtual world uses games, quests, and activities to teach children about different historical periods.

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What's it about?

CLUBTIMEMACHINE.COM exposes kids to the past, present, and future, including the Ice Age, the Rock and Roll era, and the ecology movement. With the help of the site's main character, Hobart Hoover, kids can drop into different worlds, play games, and learn some facts. Registration is free, but a paid subscription is required to visit most of the site. Kids can also send friends e-cards and chat with other users.

Is it any good?

Interactive history is a great concept to teach kids about the past; unfortunately, the experience that basic registration offers isn't all that exciting. Without paying almost $6 a month, you can only go to three eras -- the 1950s, the future, and the present.

While the site is creative, the extensive instructions and general site information require users to click on more than a dozen topics, wait for them to load, and listen to a brief explanation of what each involves. It's unlikely younger kids -- or many adults -- would have the patience to sit through all the how-tos.

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  • Families can discuss what makes learning about history interesting and fun. Do games and activities help you remember facts better than reading about them?

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