Garden Party World

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
Garden Party World Website Poster Image
Green virtual world needs better instructions to take root.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

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Positive Messages

Garden Party aims to be a place where kids can play and socialize in harmony.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

Usernames are chosen from a list of predetermined names, and a filter blocks bad words before they're posted in chats.

Consumerism

A paid VIG (very important gardener) membership offers additional outfits, prizes, plants, and other items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that to register for Garden Party, kids do not have
the option of using their real name -- they choose a username from a
list -- and according to the site terms, the site is continuously
monitored by moderators. Kids are asked to submit a parent's email
address when registering and parents are notified. Free and paid
memberships are offered.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLORKEI April 17, 2020

Link not accurate!

Sorry guys , but this link takes you to Japanese beauty product website!
Adult Written byEstefany S. February 2, 2017
Kid, 12 years old October 2, 2016

Doesn't Work Anymore

It used to be a pretty good game, with just not that much stuff to do, but then it stopped working all together. Whenever someone went to the page, it would say... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycounting the stars January 22, 2016

It can't get any worse

I have no words to describe how much lame this game has become. I used to enjoy it but now it is simply boring. There should be new updates. New games should be... Continue reading

Is it any good?

Kids plant and water seeds and recycle unwanted plants in a compost bin
in the virtual GARDEN PARTY world, which can help teach them about
responsibility and being green. Garden Party also has an admirably safe,
filtered chat function -- plus different areas of the world load
quickly, so it's easy to travel from place to place.

The
downside? Walking around is a breeze, but participating in site
activities isn't always quite as simple. An owl character offers some
help in each section -- but kids may still be confused. For example, to
fish in the Lazy Lagoon you'll need a duck costume -- which isn't
particularly easy to find or purchase.

Spend some time on the
site and it's clear that to really join the party, you may need to rack
up a bunch of orbs -- the site currency, which can be earned playing
games and completing other activities -- or buy a VIG membership, which
costs $5.95 for one month or $49.95 for a year.

Online interaction: During registration, users can opt to either chat using the site's
filter function or not have access to chatting at all. Users can also
message each other via an IM function or by sending mail through the
site.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what things they currently do to be green -- and

  • what additional things they might be able to do to help the

  • environment. What other things can you recycle, plant, or do to be greener?

  • The site encourages you to plant and care for seeds. How can caring for a

  • pet or plant make you more responsible? What kind of things do you need

  • to do to take care of a living thing?

  • What makes virtual worlds seem so fun? Is chatting one of your favorite

  • things to do on the site? What things have you noticed about this site's

  • chatting function that makes connecting with other kids a little safer?

Website details

  • Genre: Virtual Worlds
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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