Imagine dozens of excited kids turned loose in a room filled with giant blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes. Using oversized cogs, wheels, spools and tubes, they create whimsical sculptures, construct castles and forts, and design vibrant vehicles that move. Joining curvy blocks with grooves, they create elaborate ramps and tracks and send balls rolling through. They stack, connect, design, configure and play – the possibilities are endless!
During April school vacation, Providence Children’s Museum debuts Imagination Playground, a breakthrough playspace concept designed by renowned architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured play – the kind of free play that experts say is critical to children’s healthy development, and that the Museum advocates for and promotes in its interactive play and learning environments.
With a focus on “loose parts” – an assortment of open-ended, movable objects – Imagination Playground stimulates kids’ creativity and inspires them to invent their own ways to play. Children can move props around, shape their environment, make up their own rules and games, and work together to create imaginative structures.
Credit: Seth Nenstiel
Join a week-long block party to explore Imagination Playground all day from Monday, April 16 to Sunday, April 22!
Megan Fischer, Providence Children's Museum
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