Imaginative Outdoor Play Spaces
Transform Providence Children’s Museum
June 11, 2010
Museum will transform its native Children’s
Garden with two artistic new play and learning environments on
Friday, June 11, upon the successful completion of its Play Works
Campaign for Kids. The new play spaces celebrate the
of active outdoor play and will get kids outside – moving, stretching,
climbing and playing.
This safe, artful and challenging climbing sculpture
is designed by nationally acclaimed artists and architects Tom and
Spencer Luckey of New Haven, CT. While the father/son team
created climbing structures for children's museums and childcare
centers across the country, this will be their first major outdoor
installation – a colorful 22-foot work of public art that will inspire
active, physical play. Climbing is necessary for children’s
physical and problem-solving skill development and The Climber will
take kids to new heights as they wriggle and stretch through an
enclosed maze of 40 interconnected undulating platforms at various
An artistic environment featuring a host of natural
materials and the
work of several talented local artists – sculptors Chris Kane and Marly
Rogers and metal smith Lu Heintz – Underland
will promote gross motor
exploration and dramatic play by providing children with opportunities
to climb, crawl, touch and pretend as they navigate the subterranean
environment and its components:
- Pretend play will blossom as kids gather at a wood slice
table, sit on one of the hand-carved wooden chairs, and sort through a
selection of natural “loose parts” – acorns, pinecones, grasses and
- Children will make some joyful noise as they explore the
sounds of a musical sculpture made of wood and other natural materials.
- Crawling like underground critters, kids will navigate a
mazelike network of tunnels, encountering wiggly worms, a cicada and
- Children will discover a three-dimensional mural of native
animals and can try on animal vests – red fox, chipmunk, cicada, turtle
– and pretend to be creatures that burrow.
- Digging in a sand pit, kids will become paleontologists as
they use tools to bury, sift, scoop, pile, and unearth the skeleton of
an American mastodon.
Together, The Climber
and Underland will encourage
exploration, discovery and a deep appreciation of the natural world and
will make Providence Children’s Museum’s outdoor environment a
signature destination. Join the celebration of these exciting new
play and learning environments June 11-13 and look for special programs
throughout the summer.
For more information, visit www.childrenmuseum.org.