Parents and educators of The Magic City rejoice: Imagination Playground, LLC, creators of the revolutionary play space concept that encourages child-directed, unstructured free play, announced today it will feature their famed Big Blue Blocks in Miami as part of the company’s 2018 spring Learn & Play Tour.
Imagination Playground’s 17-city Learn & Play Tour is part of the company’s larger mission to showcase the many benefits of child-directed play. Studies have shown that such play is influential in developing critical skills such math, logic, creativity, social/emotional development, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
Previous spring 2018 tour destinations have included Pasadena, Calif. and St. Paul, Minn.
“Our Learn & Play Tour allows both parent and child the opportunity to take a break from life’s demands, be it from work, home, or school and enter a modern environment where self-expression, collaboration, and creativity can truly foster,” said Dave Krishock, President of Imagination Playground. “More than a simple toy, the benefits of our Big Blue Blocks are unparalleled.”
Part of a partnership with several Museum and Science Centers across the nation, the next stop of Imagination Playground’s North American spring Learn & Play Tour will take place in Miami, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 10, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 11, at Miami Children’s Museum. The event will bring together children and adults to enjoy free-play with the blocks. Educators and parents also will learn how the blocks can help to unleash creativity and build lasting connections. Educators are eligible to receive teaching credit for their attendance.
“Much like Miami itself, there is magic to be found in Imagination Playground,” said Deborah Spiegelman, Executive Director of Miami Children’s Museum. “The theory behind the blue blocks empowers children to learn through play with one another in an environment that allows them to unabashedly imagine and create endless possibilities through self-directed play.”
Imagination Playground is on a mission to transform the lives of children, parents, educators, caregivers, researchers, and leaders by uniting them in a community of advocates who believe in the importance of creative free play. Using Imagination Playground’s innovative big blue building blocks, kids will create, and collaborate on a fun, inspiring time. They will learn how to work together and how to let their imaginations run wild. Imagination Playground exists to help children take a break from structured and often solitary entertainment and enjoy the freedom of cooperative play.
Children are not the only ones to benefit from Learn & Play. Parents attending the events will also be transformed and encouraged. They will experience nostalgia, but they will also gain a new appreciation for the creativity inherent in all children as they enjoy building and creating structures and creatures with Imagination Playground’s big blue blocks. It’ll even encourage parents to get down on the floor with their kids, join in on the fun, and get their own lesson in creative problem solving and democratic play.
Imagination Playground creates unique, innovative playground equipment systems for use in schools, children’s museums, parks, daycare centers, camps, and hospitals. The company’s patented blue blocks allow children to create play spaces, animals, robots, rocket ships or any other structure or object that kids can imagine.
The Learn & Play Tour will visit 17 cities in North America, including San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York. Beyond credit, educators will go home with a 70-piece Small Block Sample Pack. And families will receive a pop-out Mini Playground for attending. To RSVP for the Miami Learn & Play event, please visit https://form.jotform.com/80107560184148. For more information and a schedule of events, visit http://www.imaginationplayground.com/mission/learn-play-tour.html.
About Imagination Playground, LLC
Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept developed to encourage child-directed, creative free play. The kind of play that experts say is critical to children’s intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development. Invented by architect and designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell group, Imagination Playground enables children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities. Imagination Playground finds its home in daycare centers, kindergartens, elementary schools, children’s museums – and science, nature, discovery centers, camps, community centers, children’s hospitals, hotels and resorts, public parks and more – in North America and over 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://www.imaginationplayground.com