Children's Design

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.


Soaring High in Small Spaces at Smothers Park in Owensboro, Kentucky

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, ...

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10 of This 2016’s Best Themed Camps for Kids and Adults

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 ...

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Play and Hands-On Fun…In a Hospital?

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. [caption id="attachment_18777" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Build a sculpture from everyday objects, then ...

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Abu Dhabi Science Center to Promote STEM Education Opens in 2016

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 ...

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Defining Interactive Children’s Exhibits: Why Touch Screens and Technology Aren’t Enough

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 ...

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The Thinkery Children’s Museum Opens in Austin – Powered by STEAM Design

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 ...

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The Cassata School: Inspired Design Encourages Play and Learning

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 ...

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Bulgaria’s Muzeiko to Address Eastern Europe’s Dearth of Children’s Museums

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 ...

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Children’s Adventure Garden at Dallas Arboretum Will Plant Seeds of Scientific Knowledge

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 ...

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Spooky Tokyo Kids Exhibit: Ghosts, Underpants and Stars

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 ...

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