Imagination Playground is an innovative playground equipment system that transforms any space into a play space that encourages learning, social development, movement and above all fun.

Using 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.

Imagination Playground is made up of what experts call “loose parts” that prompt children to transform their environment and create a play space of their own. There is a wide variety of loose parts, including cubes, bricks, cogs, curves and cylinders. But the parts are not simply loose. They have holes and shapes that fit together in ways that allow the continuation of a child’s idea. A pair becomes a wall. A wall becomes a room. A room becomes a house. The pieces fit connect together to make immersive play last a long time.

Researchers have long known that playing with blocks helps children develop cognitive and social skills. From wooden Unit Blocks to Lincoln Logs® to Legos®, we all remember playing with blocks in some form or another as children.

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. With a larger-than-life-size scale it encourages kids to play together in groups and have more fun.

This exhibit is now located near the desert night in Globeology. Museum Admission and 3D Film tickets are only available for purchase in person.

Event Details

This is a permanent exhibit.


9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Age Restriction:

All ages