Imagination Playground

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    You Are A Player. Admit It.

    You are starting to smile just thinking about it. When you were little, you climbed sky-high fences and hiked the tallest and steepest mountains. You built skyscrapers, then you knocked them down… all in a day’s “work.”

    Chances are, you didn’t know that while you were building those skyscrapers, you were also developing the skills that were key to your cognitive development. We invite you to relive your youth and participate in play once again at our new Imagination Playground–now open at Pretend City Children’s Museum!

    What Is Imagination Playground?

    With Imagination Playground blocks kids build a new world every day. They make objects like animals, rocket ships, and robots. They make imaginary places like houses, factories, and cities. They make new dramatic scenarios, settings, and games to play. Most important, they make the rules. Because Imagination Playground is child-directed and open-ended, it encourages self-expression through deep, joyful play.

    Why Is It Important?

    Unstructured, child-directed play is a critical component of healthy social, emotional, and intellectual development. Unlike toys and games, Imagination Playground blocks don’t dictate to children the way they’re meant to be played.

    • Encourages sharing, collaborating, and interpersonal communication
    • Challenges children to be creative
    • Increase their frustration tolerance
    • Develops leadership skills as children work to resolve disagreements

    The social challenges and lessons of cooperation that are crucial to social and emotional development are built into the experience of playing with these blocks.

  • Thank you to our donors!

    James Choe
    Sean Kim
    Linda Hunter
    Sandra Bolton
    Sue Schafer
    Miriam Laibson
    Edna Alfaro
    Todd Tripp
    Leslie Perovich
    Laurie Hamilton
    Jonathan Kaufman
    Restoration Media
    Ellis Song
    Terry Lu
    Violette Roberts
    Leslie LaCount
    Clark & Finn Wagner
    Evangeline Obrero
    Athena Wellengard
    Avery Sargent
    The Eustermann Family
    Jonathan Gurney
    Alexandra Busch
    Kari & Darin Moore
    Naomi & Isabella

    Learn More About Imagination Playground

    Watch how children can play with the Imagination Playground blocks