I don’t know how long it will last but it’s nice that both of my kids still believe in Santa. For the past few years they’ve been excited to receive a message from him via the Portable North Pole. Again this year they were both anticipating when Santa would send them a video.
It’s really easy to get started with the Portable North Pole set up. There are a couple of free videos as well as premium options if you want something a little more involved. You can do everything on your mobile phone or on your PC or laptop if that’s easier.
Portable North Pole App
The PNP app can be used by kids and grown ups alike. The parents corner is suitably locked to ensure little-ones don’t accidentally find themselves in there.
The kids area has a number of features:
- Santa’s Messages – videos from Santa prepared for your kids;
- Advent Calendar – each day brings a new video to watch;
- Santa’s sELFies – take selfies and add suitable Christmas attire to your image;
- Taking Elf – elves repeat back what you say to them;
- Santa’s Voicemail – hear news from the North Pole;
- Tree Shaker – a game where you have to shake off all the decorations from the Christmas tree;
- Memory Game – find pairs and test your memory.
Over time there are less free videos than there were when I started using the Portable North Pole. Although it’s not too expensive to get access to all of the premium ones either. There are three levels of access depending on whether you want just videos or videos and calls.
I opted for the Magic Pass because I wanted videos and calls as well as HD Downloads. In hindsight I would have been better opting for the Ultimate Pass from the beginning. I don’t remember that being an option when I first started using PNP though. Assuming you’ll want to make videos for at least three years, it would seem the best choice to go for. Particularly as it gives you 10 years of access.
Setting up the videos is very easy. You input your child’s name, date of birth and add various photos. Once that’s done, your video will be created on the Portable North Pole website or app. It usually takes a few minutes and you’ll get an email once it’s ready for your to view it.
There are a wide range of different calls Santa can make to your kids. They include both phone and video calls. Just like the PNP Videos, you can personalise them with your child’s name. Categories of include:
- All Year Encouragement
- After Santa Experience
- For Grown Ups
- Christmas Eve
I haven’t used the PNP calls service this year yet. Now the kids have broken up from school though, I’m thinking they might come in handy!
Do you use the Portable North Pole app? What do your kids make of it?