Extraordinary Playscapes

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Curated by Design Museum Foundation, the exhibition features more than 40 pioneering play spaces from around the world. The exhibition explores the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving communities, and social equity. From towering treetop playgrounds to hand-knit crochet installations, visitors will discover how architects and designers worldwide are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into state-of-the-art and meaningful play environments.

Among the many sites on display, the exhibition will feature: a project that reimagined a scrapped ambulance as a children’s hospital playground in Malawi, Africa; examples of how Danish design integrates nature and play; and innovative play-centered design happening right here in San Francisco. As an interactive experience, Extraordinary Playscapes includes playable installations, videos, scale models, and hands-on elements for viewers as they explore the art, history, and science behind the world of play.

The program also includes a “Playground Passport” that can be picked up at the exhibition and around select San Francisco playgrounds, highlighting amazing spaces for play around the city.

Join us for an opening reception April 6, 6-8 p.m., in the Fisher Children's Center.

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