Maxi the Taxi Dog App Review + NYC Weekend Sweepstakes

This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Playing Forward. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

School has changed quite a bit since I went and I think for the better! They are embracing technology and encouraging our children to learn about their world in a way that will help them with their future endeavors. My children's favorite things to do are to play outside and explore or play on the iPads. Since I know they like their tablets, I try my best to search for quality and educational apps that will peak their interests.

Playing Forward is a transformational technology studio that creates digital experiences that ignite children’s imaginations. According to studies, social emotional development is key to success in school and in life. Playing Forward's name comes from the fact that the company is "playing it forward" to give every child the very best shot at a happy childhood and a successful adulthood. Playing Forward apps are specifically designed to support kids' social-emotional development through entertaining storytelling, movie-quality visual effects, and the use of Augmented Reality.

Playing Forward has a new Augmented Reality app that promotes social-emotional learning through play called Maxi the Taxi Dog. The app was created by an Academy Award winner in special effects (how cool is that?).

Maxi the Taxi Dog is a beloved children's classic (first published by Penguin over 25 years ago) to life. The app follows Maxi and taxi driver Jim as they explore New York City picking up passengers, making friends, and overcoming fears along the way. It allows a new generation to fall in love with Maxi and learn the same lessons through play.

Maxi the Taxi Dog can be experienced in two ways: as a "bedtime story" that can be read along with in 3D. This is perfect for those times that my husband and I are unavailable to read plus you can personalize the characters so makes it to where the story is experienced in an exciting way each time. And then there is a much more active "exploration" in augmented reality, encouraging the reader to move around and experience the story from multiple viewpoints. My son LOVED this! He kept saying, "Mama, they're on the roof. So cool." "Mama, they're on your head. Too funny." He even was able to jump in their car which was pretty cool!

My son is learning to enjoy reading and I believe and interactive game like this can really help him. He loves playing games on his iPad, so being able to explore the story instead of just simply reading it. I love that they tackle real life situations that can apply to children too. My son is scared of the dark so see Tupa overcome his fear. My favorite part was when you could engage an augmented reality and see Maxi and Jim pop up in our living room!

Available on the App Store or Google Play.

Enter to WIN a Family Fun Weekend in NYC!

To celebrate the launch of these apps, Playing Forward is running a contest with the Grand Prize being a whirlwind STEAM-powered weekend of play and exploration in Manhattan for a family of four!

- Air Transportation
- Two-Night Hotel Stay
- Visa Gift Card to Cover Meals
- Museum Tickets 
PLUS: Personalized experiences at two of Manhattan's most unique museums - the Natural History Museum and the Children's Museum of the Arts

Runner Up:
New 9.7-inch, 32GB Apple iPad with WiFi Connectivity

What do you think of Maxi the Taxi Dog app?

This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Playing Forward. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.


  1. I’m reading the article and every time I read Maxi the Taxi, I chuckled a little to myself. Technology has helped a lot of kids learn how to read, spell, understand the different pictures, and learn while having fun. My grandkids have been experimenting making videos. At the same time, I don’t want them addicted to their tablets, etc. I remember when Nintendo and that first came out, I had to yell at them to get off and go outside! So I guess like everything else, there are good points and bad. Plus I would like to know if looking at those screens for hours are good for their eyes or brain waves?? I know some kids had seizures when Nintendo first came out after playing for hours! As far as going to New York, I think this would be a good fun trip for a family of four!! That’s a nice opportunity.

  2. I remember when the only screens there were for kids was the Etch-a-Sketch.


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