Unique in size, scope, and vision, the new and reimagined PlaySpace has been shaped by 40 years of experience and child development expertise. An on-going experiment in play and exploration, the visionary new PlaySpace allows young children birth to 3 years, together with their parents and caregivers, the time and space to engage in experiences designed to support children in developing and practicing essential cognitive, physical, social, and emotional skills.
Visit a forest that includes a cave, treetop walkway, and birds’ nest. Send your train over bridges, through tunnels, and around the tracks. Drive a car and cook in the kitchen. Climb, jump, roll and slide. Experience early STEAM phenomena with wind, air, light, balls, and tubes. The first exhibit of its kind anywhere, PlaySpace, part of the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Early Learning Gallery, was created specifically to spark exploration and creativity in young children ages 0-3 and their caregivers. PlaySpace gives our youngest visitors a chance to explore, experiment, and pretend in a safe place built just for them. The accompanying family resource room offers an area to have a snack, talk with other caregivers, and take home some parenting information.
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PlaySpace was designed to support the development and safety of children birth to 3 years, together with their adult caregivers. Older siblings are not currently allowed in the space.
We are exploring ways to welcome older siblings safely in the future. In the meantime, the Museum has many areas where all ages can play together.
For everyone’s safety and comfort, PlaySpace has a limited capacity. When full, Museum staff will welcome one family in when another leaves.