Michelle Obama, Let’s Move and Imagination Playground partner to transform children’s lives

September 16, 2013 in Featured Posts

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Michelle Obama, Let’s Move! and Imagination Playground partner to transform children’s lives.

In our neverending mission to transform children’s lives through play, Imagination Playground has been honored to receive the support from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Her Let’s Move! initiative has dedicated itself to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and have the ability to pursue their dreams.

how does this partnership come to life?

Let’s Move! and Michelle Obama have partnered with Imagination Playground and KaBOOM! to cut the ribbon of new, innovative Imagination Playground locations around the country; including donations of new playgrounds in Washington DC, Philadelphia, the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans, and the Woodlands Children Museum in Texas.

This allowed thousands of children and families to witness monumental impact of Imagination Playground on their neighborhoods, communities, schools, etc.

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michelle obama and imagination playground share a common vision: transforming children’s minds, bodies and spirits through play.

Throughout the years, Michelle Obama famously made impassioned pleas for play, mentioning that: “We as a society need to redefine for our kids what play is. We as a society need to make physical activity a part of our kids’ daily lives again, and we need to do it in a way that is easy, affordable and fun — not just for kids but for parents“.

We could not agree more, and look forward to an exciting future to our privileged relationship with Let’s Move! and First Lady Michelle Obama. May hundreds of new playgrounds transform thousands of children’s minds, bodies, and spirits.

Photos courtesy of Seth Nenstiel and KaBOOM! (cc)

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Huge success for Imagination Playground at LEGO KidsFest in San Jose [Sept 2013 update!]

September 11, 2013 in Childrens' Museums

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We received heartwarming news from the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose: their participation to the energetic LEGO KidsFest in San Jose was a resounding success. The event was sold out, with over 23,000 visitors coming from all over the region.

Pictures from the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose booth at LEGO Kidsfest

The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose‘s booth was located right at the entrance of the event and prominently featured the Imagination Playground experience: blocks, curves, angles, banners, and a ton of fun.

Children were reportedly so enthused by our giant blue blocks that they didn’t want to leave for other LEGO activities (and they looked exciting, too).

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We were also thrilled to hear that one LEGO KidsFest staff member noted that the large motor experience of Imagination Playground was a perfect complement to the small motor LEGO experience. We’re very much looking forward to the next one!

Note: the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is one of the largest museums of its kind in the nation, with more than 150 interactive exhibits that lead visitors to explore, understand, and enjoy the world in which they live. Lifelong learning in a playful environment. Check out their website here: www.cdm.org and like them on Facebook, too. Many thanks to them for providing us the pictures that illustrate this blog post.

UPDATE: Take a look at the Imagination Playground banner that the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose put up this week. We love them as a partner in child’s play. The banner can be seen from two major freeways. If you drive by, how about coming in and let your kids build a car of their own with our blocks!

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Testimonial from Adrian Benepe, NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner

September 5, 2013 in Educators, Featured Posts

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“You don’t have to have a specially built playground. You have this rolling box that’s almost like a magician’s chest of loose parts. It’s amazing to see kids interact with the things.” – Adrian Benepe, NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner

Quote from Heraclitus on men, children, and play

September 3, 2013 in Featured Posts, inspiration, quotes

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Inspirational quote from Heraclitus about man and play

“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play” – Heraclitus

Helping you help kids – Ask for your free mini-playground (and more)

August 26, 2013 in Featured Posts

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In the midst of the Back to School heat, Imagination Playground is offering three unique offers to help you help kids start the year under the best auspices:

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You can click on the image above or here to ask for your FREE 50 piece mini-playground and we’ll send it to you right away (US residents only). Here is an example of what you can build with it. Leave the rest to your imagination and share your constructions with us on our Facebook page, too.

Imagination Playground comes to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park!

August 14, 2013 in Featured Sites

by IP

Four Freedoms Park welcomes Imagination Playground

The gorgeous Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City is welcoming Imagination Playground’s block-based play system to unleash their children’s creativity.

The playground will be set up on their outdoor lawn surrounded by awe-inspiring vistas: the architectural shapes of the Louis Kahn designed granite Memorial, the waters of the East River and a wonderful view of the New York skyline (see the pictures below to jolt your appetite). If you live in the New York area, join them this week-end!

Come play at the Park!
Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18
From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
Free, no registration required

Check out their original blog post here and don’t forget to give them some love on Facebook.

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Pictures of the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York

Quote from Friedrich Nietzche about man’s inner child

July 25, 2013 in Featured Posts, inspiration, quotes

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"in every real man a child is hidden that wants to play" - Friedrich Nietzche.

“in every real man a child is hidden that wants to play” – Friedrich Nietzche.

“in every real man a child is hidden that wants to play” – Friedrich Nietzche.

Kidspace Children’s Museum becomes Imagination Playground host partner

July 22, 2013 in Featured Posts, Featured Sites

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Yvonne Chavez, Director of Training, Kidspace and Dave Krishock, President, Imagination Playground start the day with big smiles.

Yvonne Chavez, Director of Training, Kidspace and Dave Krishock, President, Imagination Playground start the day with big smiles.

Last week, Imagination Playground welcomed Kidspace Children’s Museum to its family of host partners.

Kidspace‘s CEO Michael Shanklin, as well as Mary Ann Viviano and Yvonne Chavez, worked closely with Imagination Playground’s President Dave Krishock and his team to bring Imagination Playground to this iconic Los Angeles area museum. See some fresh pictures of the opening event below.

“We look worldwide for innovative partners that understand families and are like minded regarding child development and Kidspace certainly fits that bill. We are proud to be working with Kidspace to promote the use of Imagination Playground in the Southern California area” – Dave Krishock.

Thank you Kidspace for your hospitality and a valued partnership. Imagination Playground looks forward to working together to transform children’s bodies, minds and spirits through child directed free play.

If you would like to be an Imagination Host Partner – USA or International – call us at 866.816.8608 or contactus@imaginationplayground.dev.

30 Kipspace employees and volunteers went through Play Associates Training - an important part of Imagination Playground is providing those that oversee children the ability to guide them as they engage in self-directed free play. Play Associate Training is offered to everyone when their Imagination Playground is delivered.

Dave took 30 Kipspace employees and volunteers through Play Associates Training – an important part of Imagination Playground is providing those that oversee children the ability to guide them as they engage in self-directed free play. Play Associate Training is offered to everyone when their Imagination Playground is delivered. Learn more here: http://www.imaginationplayground.dev/purchase/welcome-play-associates/downloads.html

Kidspace team uniting to build a wide variety of structures.

Kidspace team uniting to build a wide variety of structures.

Looks like Iron Man has some fierce competition coming up.

Looks like Iron Man has some tough competition coming up.

At the end of the training session - creatively charged up, but in need of a welcome break - one of Kidspace's employees builds a chair to relax and contemplate her next creation.

At the end of the training session – creatively charged up, but in need of a welcome break – one of Kidspace’s employees builds a chair to relax and contemplate her next creation.

Quote from Eric Hoffer about Playground and Children

July 16, 2013 in Featured Posts, inspiration, quotes

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Eric Hoffner Inspirational Quote about Playgrounds and Children

“It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents” – Eric Hoffer

quote from bob keeshan about children and play

June 28, 2013 in Featured Posts, inspiration, quotes

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Quote from Bob Keeshan about Children and Play

“Play is the work of children” – Inspirational quote from Bob Keeshan