What the heck is Pokemon Go?! We've seen the hoards of kids, teens and parents around downtown Indy with their phones out and read the releases by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and more and new we needed to dig in. So with today's post: Learn how to Pokemon Go in Indianapolis. It's our special parents primer to this latest app craze! You know those people who walk around looking down at their phones? People stepping out into traffic or bumping into trees? Have you noticed there seems to be a lot more of them recently?? The most likely culprit: Pok\u00e9mon Go. I am here to explain what it is, how you can get involved with your kids playing it and where you can find some great spots around Indy. Pok\u00e9mon Go Basics All you need to join the fun of Pok\u00e9mon Go is a smartphone and the ability to go outside. The basics: Pok\u00e9mon Go is a free-to-play app that is an enhancement of an older 'real world virtual reality' app called Ingress. Starting is as easy as installing the Pok\u00e9mon Go app through your phone\u2019s app store. You then create an avatar and get moving. The goal is to collect all 134 Pok\u00e9mon figures. Gameplay: You\u2019ll find these Pok\u00e9mon by using a map based on your real world location. To find and catch them, you\u2019ll need to physically move to different areas. The best place to find them are near Pok\u00e9Stops, where you collect additional items to use in game, and Gyms, which allow you to fight other people\u2019s Pok\u00e9mon. Both locations show up on the game\u2019s map. Tip: Museums and historical landmarks are known for having rare Pok\u00e9mon and are usually Pok\u00e9Stops or Gyms. There are three teams (red, blue and yellow) you can choose from once you reach level 5. As you collect Pok\u00e9mon you can work on upgrading or evolving them to increase your odds during battles at Gyms to take them over for your team. If you'd like to start playing Pok\u00e9mon Go, and would like more information, check out this article for a beginner\u2019s guide and this article for a more in depth discussion on the game. Getting Involved It\u2019s no surprise that kids are spending more time on their screens now that they\u2019re out of school on summer break. Sure they might be going on trips and spending time visiting local attractions but when the heat sets in they might prefer to stay inside. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximately 75 percent of children and adolescents fail to get at least one hour of moderate physical activity each day, with children between the ages of 12 and 15 most likely to embrace their inner couch potato. But when physical activity is wrapped up in a game they can play with friends, they don\u2019t even notice they\u2019re getting exercise. The game is also a great way to get kids to explore parks, museums and even historical sites. RELATED: The Children's Museum is a host to a Pokemon Go Gym! Some parents are also using the game as a way to have their kids join them on errands without complaints (\u2018there might be a new Pok\u00e9mon there!\u2019) and take them to places they may have otherwise moaned about (\u2018doesn\u2019t the IMA have a Pok\u00e9mon Gym?\u2019). I spoke with Conner Prairie\u2019s Social Media Specialist Hannah Kiefer about the popularity of the game and how it is affecting their historic site. She noted that there were more middle school and high school kids joining their younger siblings at Conner Prairie since the game came out. There are multiple Pok\u00e9Stops and a Gym there, which is a high ratio for one location. Hannah said they had yet to look at the stats to determine if total attendance is up as a direct result of the game, but they are positive that the number of preteen and teen visitors has increased. Where to Find Pok\u00e9mon in Indianapolis Conner Prairie The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Downtown Indianapolis Parks Be aware that there are certain establishments that will kick you out for playing the game if you aren't a paying customer. If you are interested in interacting with local Pok\u00e9mon Go players, there's a Facebook group for that: Pok\u00e9mon Go: Indianapolis. Where else have you found Pokemon in Indianapolis that we don't have listed? Spill in the comments and then use these tips to go catch 'em all!