The Come Out and Play Festival is a street games fesitval dedicated to exploring new styles of games and play.

Come Out & Play 2009 in New York

A Day in the Park
Wanna play hooky from the streets? Solve big puzzles and complete missions to win a day in the park.

Start Time: Saturday June 13 at 12:00 PM
Location: Heckscher Fields in Central Park near 65th St & Central Park West entrance
# of players: 24 (4 teams of 4-6 players)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Required: Players must bring a cameraphone or digital camera
Designers: Doris Cacoilo, Giana Pilar González, Mary Jeys & Pollie Barden

The grind of New York City as gotten to you. You and your buddies have decided to play hooky in the park. Once you get there you realize nobody has brought any supplies. You need the essentials to enjoy the day. Remember this is New York so your team is not the only one looking for a fun day, of course you have to beat out teams for your items. Each team will have to complete missions in the park, and solve HUGE tangrams to create their ideal day in the park. The first team to complete all missions and tangrams wins their ideal day in the park.

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The Rules
The basics

  • It is a team-based game. There are 4 teams each team has 4 players.
  • There are 6 missions and 6 tangrams to be completed.
  • Then there is a final mission to complete to win the game.

How it works:

  • All teams gather at the park.
  • Each team is color coded: red, blue, orange, and purple.
  • Each team is given their colored vests, and big tangram pieces. These pieces are used to solve all the tangrams.
  • Each team is given a different mission to complete.
  • The team must provide the evidence of the completed mission to the mission master who will give the team a card with the next tangram to solve.
  • Each team will be solving a different tangram.
  • The game continues until the first team completes all 6 missions and tangrams.

The Winning Move:

  • There are four final mission cards.
  • The first team that finished all 6 missions and tangrams will draw from the four cards to choose their final mission.
  • The final mission can either secure your victory or could be a major set back. It is up to the luck of the draw.


  • Missions involve exploring the surrounding areas.
  • Teams are allowed to ultilize their cellphones/smartphones.

End Game:

  • Winning team wins the "picnic pack." Everyone is invited to join in a picnic and frisbee play.

Bio: Doris Cacoilo, Giana Pilar González, Mary Jeys & Pollie Barden
Doris Cacoilo is an artist and activist. She is director of _gaia, an artist collective working to help support women artists and the advocacy of women's issues. She has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, and is currently teaching at Hunter College and curating the Wonder Women Residency Program.

Giana Pilar González is a Panamanian interaction designer and artist whose work explores the dissection and re-appropriation of pop culture and its systems in means of finding opportunities for new expressions. Her work has been exhibited Eyebeam Atelier, Columbia College, Maker Faire, Garanti Gallery and within the US and overseas.

Mary Jeys is a multi-media artist and activist. Her work explores destruction and explosions as they relate to popular culture. Her work has been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, Texas and Ireland. She has participated in various residencies, including LMCC's Swing Space in Manhattan's financial district.

Pollie Barden is an artist who has been working in variety of mediums over the past ten years. Her background is in book arts, documentary, and photography. Since 2005, she has weaved interactive art and wearables into her explorations. Her work has been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Italy.

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