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Imagination Playground at the Kentucky Science Center


If you have had the opportunity to visit the Louisville-based Kentucky Science Center recently you may have noticed Imagination Playground appearing in one of the exhibits.

As part of a temporary area, Science in Play  (developed in coordination with Hands On, Inc.), was created “to test new assumptions about adult/child interactions, the power and potential of collaborative, open-ended play, and the use of loose parts in an open gallery” explained Joanna E. Haas, Executive Director of the Kentucky Science Center.

Noting that Imagination Playground was a perfect fit for the hands-on science play space, the center featured their blocks as an anchor to the BIG BUILD area – one of six play activity zones in the Science in Play exhibit. Focusing on children ages 3-7 and their caregivers, the Kentucky Science Center created each zone to invite science, technology, engineering, and math learning all through the lens of play.

“The blocks have been an absolute HIT with children and adults alike” Haas recently reported, “they draw people in immediately…and provide ample opportunity for planning, communicating, testing and problem solving, imagining collaborating, and even independently conquering an idea. The very smallest visitors are joyful as they lug pieces from place to place and simply explore the shape and weight of the blocks. Older children love the challenge of building higher, farther, wider, or even working to build structures that accomplish some task (we’ve seen a few catapults!).”

The Science in Play exhibit is open through January 1, 2013, but the Imagination Playground blocks will continue to make appearances at many more Kentucky Science Center events. Stay tuned via their website:



Photo courtesy of Kentucky Science Center

Imagination Playground at the Grand Rapids children’s museum

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum hosted a birthday party for the entire Grand Rapids community on July 17.

Instead of expecting gifts on this momentous occasion, the museum decided to give back to the community by premiering a new Imagination Playground exhibit for all to enjoy.

Some of the first playmates to join in the fun were Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss, museum board members and employees, as well as hundreds of kids – all of whom were eager to unwrap the new equipment and their imaginations!

Since the premiere, the museum staff has been hard at play creating new activities and programming around Imagination Playground.

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