Children's design is not synonymous with theme design. This genre attempts to create whimsical, fun places that encourage play. Examples include playgrounds, gyms, retail stores, and institutions such as schools and hospitals. Creating playful experiences for kids can be challenging in the face of real world logistics, but the designers and projects featured here have all managed to create places that are ingeniously functional while still fostering a sense of playfulness and wonder.
Posted on June 17, 2016
What sort of playscape can you build in a curving space that takes up less than half a city block? Imagine that the space is further constrained by a wide, ...
Posted on June 9, 2016
With summer getting underway, the kids are out of school and adults are planning how best to recapture a bit of that summer magic. One trend that’s alive and well ...
Posted on February 19, 2015
This month the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco opened to reveal 16 Exploratorium-designed exhibits and interactive experiences throughout the hospital.
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Posted on June 13, 2014
The largest city in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, has been actively encouraging students to embrace science and technology through their annual science festivals. Based on the popularity of ...
Posted on March 5, 2014
Interactivity is a buzzword in the museum and exhibit design worlds. It’s widely accepted that interactive attractions are more engaging and connect more deeply in the minds of children that ...
Posted on December 26, 2013
It’s always exciting when a new children’s museum launches and The Thinkery in Austin does not disappoint. Opening mid-December, Austin’s completely reimagined family destination (new location, building, everything!) was designed ...
Posted on November 19, 2013
We’re always on the lookout for innovative children’s design that uses flow, color, story and other tools to engage kids in learning and play. Your school experience probably evokes memories ...
Posted on November 15, 2013
In America, we take children’s art and science museums for granted. In other countries, though, opportunities for children to go and learn outside of the hours in the school day ...
Posted on August 26, 2013
The already splendid Dallas Arboretum has outdone itself with its new children’s “museum without walls” that will be unveiled next month. The arboretum invested $62 million in the Rory Meyers ...
Posted on August 14, 2013
Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art is currently hosting a unique exhibit for younger kids that encourages pint sized art fans to break all the rules that make museums dull for ...