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.

They’ve started a “word of the day” program using Imagination Playground Blocks, a wildly well-received activity that allows the staff to stretch their creative skills, as well as explore a new medium for play.

“It’s fun when the staff gets so into something,” notes development manager Claudia Place, “They even play with it after hours!”

The kids are having a blast, as well. On any given day, you’ll see children in the Imagination Playground space building and creating with their peers.

Exhibit and community relations manager Jan Stone notes that it’s been incredibly exciting to observe the evolution of the stories and structures that are made on the floor. With Imagination Playground, “[the kids] are more willing to take risks as they build. There’s no danger of not being successful because it’s always illustrating what they envision.”

The museum received its Imagination Playground in a Cart courtesy of Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Farmers Insurance Group. For more information on the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, visit their website orFacebook page.