This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Kelly!
The Children’s Museum has long been an Indianapolis treasure, both to its residents and the many visitors that come through its doors year after year. I’ve been going to the Museum since I was a child, and I’ve watched it grow and change over the years, from a small museum to the top-rated institution it is today. It’s consistently rated as one of the top 10 children’s museums in the United States.
One of the things The Children’s Museum does so very well is cater to all different age groups. Whether you’re visiting with toddlers or teens, you’ll find exhibits that make everyone happy. For years my own family’s visits have always included a trip to Playscape.
This special gallery is designed for the youngest of visitors (ages 5 and under), and sometimes we spent nearly our entire visit just in Playscape! We weren’t the only ones, and the Playscape gallery got A LOT of love, so much so that it was in need of renovation.
Well, the wait is finally over and just last month the new Playscape gallery was unveiled! Eli and I had a chance to preview the Playscape just before it opened, and to say that I was blown away would be the understatement of the year.
The first thing you’ll notice about the new Playscape is that it is full of beautiful, natural light. Gone is the dark, small space I remember. The new Playscape gallery design was inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which considers the environment to be the third teacher (along with home and school). The floor to ceiling windows, along with the natural colors and environmental design theme, make it feel as if you’re playing in the trees.
Several elements that are integral to children’s play are present in the new Playscape. The favorites from the old Playscape are here, but redone beautifully.
There’s sand play, with typical sand features along with a zen-like rotating turntable. I want one of these in my home – it was so soothing!
There’s water play in “The Creek”, complete with a waterfall you can walk under.
But my favorite is the addition of the Lilypad Climber. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s just challenging enough for little arms and legs.
Other areas include an Art Studio, a Music Studio, and a special enclosed area for babies and toddlers.
Eli loved it all, but he was especially enamored with the Reaction Contraption, a Rube Goldberg inspired feature. With so many variations and ways to manipulate the balls, tracks and ramps, he could’ve easily spent the whole evening in this one spot alone.
I’m a little wistful that my children are above the age range for the Playscape gallery, but I’m thrilled for the new generation of children that will get to experience it themselves. I have so many wonderful memories spent learning and playing together with my children in the Playscape as toddlers and preschoolers.
Thanks to the generosity of The Children’s Museum, I have 2 tickets to give away so that you can begin making your own precious memories with your little ones! The tickets are for Children’s Museum Admission (valued at $18.50 each), which not allows access to the Playscape Gallery as well as all the other wonderful exhibits in the museum. You can earn up to four entries by following these instructions:
- Leave a comment telling me which Children’s Museum exhibit you’re most looking forward to sharing with your family.
- Tweet and/or share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. Leave separate comments for each telling me that you did so for them to count as entries.
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