Imagination Playground seasonally launches a North American Learn & Play Tour, and on Feb. 9 and 10, it made the Kidspace Children’s Museum its latest tour’s first stop. The children present had the opportunity to play on a portable playground and create their own play space with prominent, bright blue, soft blocks that fit together like a Lego set would, except in a much larger scale.
The set up is Imagination Playground’s effort to get kids back to the kind of play that requires no login, taking them away from iPads, TVs, and other screens, and to place them instead in a spot where they can establish human-to-human connections through creative play. The creators understand that there’s important benefits derived from physical play, from as basic as just having fun, to important things like developing communication and problem solving skills, self expression, creativity, fine and gross motor skills, and the feeling of accomplishment. The great news is that the Imagination Playground remains at Kidspace Children’s Museum so that every child who visits may enjoy it.
Imagination Playground was invented by architect and designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell group, and it is intended for schools, public parks, hospitals, and other locations serving children. You can learn more about them at ImaginationPlayground.com.
The Kidspace Children’s Museum is located across the street from the Rose Bowl, housed in what used to be the Fannie E. Morrison Horticultural Center. It is a beautiful and ample space where kids can learn and play, open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $14 with a few discounts that are listed here. The Museum’s location is 480 North Arroyo Blvd., in Pasadena 91103. For more information visit KidsSpaceMuseum.org.
Photo: A family plays in the Imagination Playground at Kidspace Children’s Museum on Feb. 9 / by Dena Burroughs
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