Every year Google has been making their Santa Tracker just a little bit better. This year is absolutely no different. It used to be just a site you could go to when you want to see where Santa was in the world on his way to your house on Christmas Eve… It has completely evolved since then.
Now you can go to santatracker.google.com and find a whole world of fun Christmas entertainment and activities to keep your kids engaged when it’s too cold outside to do anything else.
There are even STEM activities like the code lab that walks you through some basic coding functions!
This year Google has added a new toy factory, a greenhouse, and a reindeer gym! They have also included a new 3D snowbox (play on “sandbox”) where you can build your own scene. It’s like a winter wonderland version of Minecraft (ok, a REALLY simplified version of Minecraft, but still).
Don’t think they left Google Assistant out of the party. You can ask your Google Speaker or display, “Hey Google, give me a Santa joke” or say, “Hey Google, call Santa” to help him solve a wacky problem—coming up with a musical genre for his new band.
It’s clear that Google really tries to make the holidays fun and festive, and not just for little kids. Older kids can hop on Google Earth and test their knowledge on holiday traditions from around the world or tour tasty treats that people eat in various countries to celebrate the holidays.
You can also find some killer GIFs by searching for SantaTracker GIFs. I mean, if you can’t say it with a GIF, how can you say it?
Definitely go tinker around Santa’s new and updated village! It really is so much fun!
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com