Extraordinary Playscapes Kicks off its Spring Season with PlayCubes™ in San Francisco

The Design Museum San Francisco’s Extraordinary Playscapes exhibition opened with one of its largest displays on April 6, 2017 at the San Francisco Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center. img_1886The new exhibition provides an overview of more than forty exceptional play spaces, various interactive components, and a comprehensive history of play. The display is accompanied by an outdoor installation of Playworld’s PlayCubes at Civic Center Plaza, adjacent to the library.

At the opening reception, San Francisco Parks Supervisor Phil Ginsburg described his vision of a new Civic Plaza. The day following the opening reception, PlayCubes creator Richard Dattner spoke about the history of cuboctahedron-shaped structures.

Playworld partnered with the Design Museum San Francisco, the Fisher Children’s Center at the San Francisco Main Library, and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to bring its PlayCubes installation to the city. This is the third Design Museum installation from Playworld, with past installations in Portland, Oregon and Boston. The temporary PlayCubes installation in Boston’s Chinatown Park was so well-received by the community that it was made permanent by virtuously unanimous feedback from the community! The exhibit will be open in San Francisco through July 8, 2017, and then will move onto Chicago.

If you’re in the San Francisco area between now and July 8, stop by to see and explore PlayCubes in person or join us for one of the following events:

June 22, 6:30pm: “UNITE: Why Play?” — A panel discussion on the importance of play, featuring Dr. Stuart Brown, National Institute for Play; Phil Ginsburg, San Francisco Recreation & Park; Gwen Gordon, Gwen Gordon Play; and Missy Benson, Playworld. Click here for more information.

June 24: Kid’s Workshop — A child-driven community event where kids can get creative, collaborate, and design their own playgrounds.

For more information about programming and events related to Extraordinary Playscapes, visit

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