MOSI’s newest interactive experience, Imagination Playground, is set to open on Oct. 15 and enables kids to engineer everything from robots to cities using cubes, bricks, cogs, curves, and cylinders. Imagination Playground allows kids to play in a way that encourages creativity and collaboration, while continually exploring new directions and initiatives that promote the benefits of learning, social development, movement and, above all, fun.
This breakthrough play space concept enables children to create open-ended designs in a safe environment led by one of MOSI’s education staff. Guests can head over to MOSI’s children’s science center, Kids in Charge!, and dive into a play space that, unlike a traditional playground, is not made of monkey bars, slides or see-saws. In this innovative hands-on zone, children work with large foam pieces to connect and build in intricate ways, enabling them to bring their visions to life.
Imagination Playground has received rave reviews around the country. The New York Times says it is “a playground where children’s creativity can run wild,” and CNN calls Imagination Playground “…the most innovative playground design since child psychologists started fiddling with jungle gyms in the 1960s.”
Designed by David Rockwell, these unique building blocks are non-toxic and made of a lightweight, yet durable foam. They are soft and friendly to the touch yet dense and firm enough to build structures and shapes.
Imagination Playground will be located inside MOSI’s Kids in Charge! building and will replace MOSI’s Astronaut Training Adventure. This experience will be included with the cost of general admission and free for MOSI members. MOSI admission, which includes MOSI exhibits, Imagination Playground, and a documentary IMAX film, is $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors (60+), $18.95 for children (6-12), and children 5 and under are free. Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 813-987-6000 or visit mosi.org.