Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Playground in a Box brings creative play to urban kids
12/19/2012 3:32:00 PM
Joelle Hammerstad (206) 684-8020
Playground in a Box brings creative play to urban kids
Traveling play set to be housed at Belltown Community Center
Playground in a Box is sort of Legos meets Lincoln Logs in giant blue foam. Now, put those pieces inside a brand new urban community center where it’s always warm and dry – no matter what the weather. And, voila! You have the concept for imaginative, physical, indoor play.
Playground in a Box is comprised of large foam blocks that are oddly formed with unique, abstract shapes that make kids curious and want to start building immediately. With their uniform blue color, abstract shapes, and infinite configurations, these blocks from Imagination Playground get kids’ minds working fast and keep them active. Instead of prescribing activities (climb this, sit on that), the blocks prompt kids to “fill in the blank” with their own ideas.
The blocks can be used to make anything kids can think of, and encourages socializing and cooperation. Younger, smaller kids may need help balancing and moving them, so they work in pairs or small teams. Older, larger kids quickly realize that if they want to build structures that are bigger than life, they need to plan and work together with other children.
Seattle Parks and Recreation and The Downtown Seattle Association have partnered to bring this indoor playground to Belltown Community Center, 415 Bell St.
Children and their caregivers are invited to play on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., as well as Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 – 8 p.m. in December. In January, Playground in a Box will be open on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Entrance to the playground is free. Playground in a Box is appropriate for children at least 2 years old and older. For the very little ones, Belltown Community Center also has an indoor play room that is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. The drop-in fee is $2.
Playground in a Box can be used indoors and outdoors, and is waterproof. It will be housed at Belltown Community Center, but will be loaned out for special events at Westlake Park, Waterfront Park, and Bell Street Park when it is finished.
For more information, contact Belltown Community Center at 206-684-4093.
This press release and pictures of the Playground in a Box can be found on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Parkways Blog.
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