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.


Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum Keeps Little Hands Busy

Posted on December 2, 2011

It’s becoming more and more common for museums to invite guests to touch exhibits, but it was the Please Touch Museum of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that started the trend. This children’s ...

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Sydney’s New Waterfront Playground at Darling Quarter

Posted on November 5, 2011

The new playground at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia, is a sprawling landscape of water channels and play structures. Although it is just one part of the recently redeveloped Darling ...

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The World’s Largest Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana

Posted on November 3, 2011

Dinosaurs, a towering glass sculpture, and a 1917 carousel are just a few highlights of  the massive collection held by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Founded in 1925 by Mary ...

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A Children’s Bookstore in Beijing Where Climbing the Shelves is Allowed

Posted on October 26, 2011

This playful bookstore for children in Beijing, China has channeled the bold and bright colors of children’s picture books into its fanciful and kid-friendly design.  Kid’s Republic Bookstore not only ...

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A Playroom Turns Into a Lively Nighttime Forest at Bumble Cafe

Posted on October 21, 2011

Bumble Café of Los Altos, California is a family restaurant that caters just as much to the  imagination as it does the palate. The recently opened concept café is part ...

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The Geometry Playground by San Francisco’s Exploratorium

Posted on September 15, 2011

Though we may not always be conscious of them, geometrical patterns and principles can be found throughout the world we live in. The Geometry Playground by the San Francisco Exploratorium, ...

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Growing Up Green at the Madison Children’s Museum

Posted on August 30, 2011

Sustainability, play, and community are the core values at the new Madison Children’s Museum (MCM) in Madison, Wisconsin. Everything from the construction methods to the exhibits themselves was informed by ...

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House of Air: San Francisco’s Trampoline Park in Historic Airplane Hangar

Posted on August 20, 2011

Trampolines never seem to get old. I can tell you, based on the number of birthday parties I’ve been to at San Francisco’s House of Air over the last year ...

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Get Lost! 5 Creative Mazes from Around the World

Posted on August 15, 2011

There’s no experience quite like wandering through a life-size maze. Losing oneself in a maze can transport you to a whole other world where being lost isn’t such a bad ...

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Imaginosity: Ireland’s First Children’s Museum

Posted on August 13, 2011

Inside Dublin’s Imaginosity, Ireland’s first children’s museum, kids are encouraged to do what they are so often told not to do: touch. The exhibits at Imaginosity were designed as interactive ...

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