Join in with the biggest-ever bug hunt – in Leeds and win prizes for your school (and yourself…)

This Spring, Love Exploring Leeds launches its first citywide inter-school challenge.


Schools from across the city are taking up the challenge to complete Mega Mini-beast games in their local park – with loads of prizes up for grabs.  

The Love Exploring app uses the magic of augmented reality to bring to life amazing sights on a smart phone – including a Dinosaur Safari, as well as the brand-new Mega Mini-beast game.

By joining the challenge, you’ll see huge butterflies, giant caterpillars (or a roaring T-Rex, poised to pounce). Plus, you’ll be getting active with your family, and learning loads through the interactive quiz.

The Love Exploring Leeds Inter-School challenge offers an extra reason to get active as a family – every school that takes part will receive a small prize, with bonus prizes available too. And the top-scoring child will win an iPad.


Love Exploring is a response to the Get Set Leeds conversations in 2019, which involved thousands of people in Leeds sharing their ideas about how the city could be more active. Families said they would be likely to move more if they had access to fun, free activities they could do together. Walking was the most popular form of exercise, and lots of people talked about wanting to get active in their local park.

Physical activity has been shown to be more effective than medication for mild-to-moderate depression. During the pandemic, both parents and children from across the city experienced low mood and anxiety. Anything that encourages families to be active together can improve mental wellbeing – plus there’s all the physical health benefits too (which include reduced risks of disease for adults, and good bone health, as well as improved academic performance, for children).

So far, almost 7,000 people in Leeds have downloaded the app, which was brought to the city by Active Leeds and Public Health to inspire people to get out and explore their local green spaces.


Love Exploring Leeds Parks

To join, download the Love Exploring app onto a smartphone. Then enter the name of your school and choose a Mega Minibeast game or Dinosaur Safari in a park near you. For every 100m you walk, and every quiz question you answer correctly, you’ll score points for your school. Keep track of how your school is doing on a live leader board.

There’s also a range of brilliant learning resources to support the challenge, offering a glimpse into the hidden world of Leeds Museums and Galleries’ insect collection.

The Challenge will run from 1 April to 6 June. Look out for special events in your local park and library over May half-term.

Tom Matthews, the creator of the Love Exploring app, said:

As a father, I am always on the lookout for good activities that we can enjoy as a family.  Parks have so many stories to tell but they aren’t always easy to discover. The Love Exploring app uncovers the stories and then presents them in ways for everyone to enjoy.

“I wanted to ensure that Love Exploring was an app that both children and adults could engage with. Whether you’re a child looking for fun and games such as a treasure hunt or hide and seek, or you’re an adult that simply wants to explore the history of your local park and its nature trails, our app brings the park to life through sounds and games, taking you on a visual and immersive journey – all from the palm of your hand.”

For more information about the Love Exploring app and how you can get involved this summer, please visit

Open up a magical world of mega minibeasts and dinosaurs for free – and win an iPad!

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