New Outdoor Play Spaces Now Open
at Providence Children’s Museum
PROVIDENCE, RI -
Providence Children’s Museum transformed its native Children’s Garden when two artistic
new play and learning environments opened today, following the
successful completion of the Museum’s Play Works Campaign for
Kids. These new spaces celebrate the importance of active outdoor
play and get kids outside to move, stretch, climb and play:
This artful and challenging climbing sculpture was designed by
nationally acclaimed artists and architects Tom and Spencer Luckey of
New Haven, CT. While the father/son team has created climbers
across the country, this is their first outdoor installation – a
colorful 24-foot work of public art that inspires active, physical
play. (See a time-lapse
of The Climber’s
necessary for children’s physical and problem-solving skill development
and The Climber takes kids to
new heights as they wriggle and stretch through an enclosed maze of
interconnected undulating platforms at various levels.
An imaginative subterranean adventure through root systems,
worm tunnels and critters’ burrows featuring the work of several
talented local artists – sculptors Chris
Kane and Marly Rogers
and metal smith Lu Heintz – Underland encourages exploration,
discovery and a deep appreciation of the natural world.
Children explore the sounds of a musical sculpture made from
woods, crawl like underground critters to navigate a mazelike network
of tunnels, pretend in an “underground” kitchen with hand-carved wooden
chairs and an array of natural “loose parts,” and sift through a sand
pit to unearth a mastodon skeleton.
Together, The Climber
and Underland inspire active
engagement and discovery and will make Providence Children’s Museum’s
outdoor environment a signature destination.
“We are so grateful to the hundreds of donors to the Museum’s
Works Campaign for Kids who made it possible to create these amazing
new play spaces,” said Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell. “It’s been years
of planning, designing, fundraising, building and anticipating.
But no matter how much planning and anticipating we do, there is nothing like the thrill of actually
seeing children using – and loving – the environments we create.”
Join the celebration of these exciting new
play and learning environments June 11-13 and look for special
throughout the summer. For more information, visit www.childrenmuseum.org.