During April school vacation (April 16-22), Providence Children’s Museum debuts Imagination Playground, an exciting new playspace that inspires child-directed, unstructured play – the kind of free play that experts say is critical to children’s healthy development.
Imagine dozens of excited kids turned loose in a room filled with big 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!
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 shape their environment, move props around, work together to create imaginative structures, and make up their own stories, rules and games.
Join a week-long block party in celebration of Imagination Playground from Monday, April 16 to Sunday, April 22, then explore the blocks on weekends through June. Imagination Playground is free with $8.50 Museum admission; always free for Museum members.