Unleash Your Inner Child at UArts 'Imagination Block Party'

The University community is invited to transform Levitt Auditorium into a unique play space using Imagination Playground blocks

March 1, 2013

Is it a rocket ship? Or an elephant? A robot or a castle? The answer is, it's Imagination Playground, and it's all of those things and more. And it's coming to UArts.

An 800-pound set of the all-blue, unusually shaped blocks, on loan from the Franklin Institute, will be available to the University community for free play on March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium. This fun, free event also features live music by faculty member Manfred Fischbeck.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the UArts "block party" idea came from students in the "Observing Children" class taught by Liberal Arts Associate Professor Anna Beresin. After seeing an Imagination Playground documentary, the students begged for a turn to play with the unique blocks.

Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept conceived and designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play, the kind of play that experts say is critical to a child's intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground offers a changing array of elements that allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play. Giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric and crates overflow with creative potential for children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities.

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