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The Unpack 'n' Play 

Recreation: Green Mountain Children's Museum

Published June 1, 2011 at 4:00 a.m.

Instead of taking kids to the playground, the Green Mountain Children's Museum is taking the playground to the kids. The GMCM is offering Vermont communities a chance to experiment with a mobile play exhibit made by Imagination Playground, the brainchild of New York City architect David Rockwell. The playground is actually a large box full of blue, molded foam cubes, nood- les, bricks and cogs. Kids use them to build and rebuild in creative and collaborative ways. Communities or organizations can partner with GMCM to host the exhibit for two-week periods as part of a Creative Learning Connections Initiative. The organizations take responsibility for siting, storing and running the playground, which is meant for about 25 individuals, ages 2 and older. The exhibit supports GMCM's mission of using play to nurture children's growth and development, and has already been to Edmunds and Champlain schools in Burlington. Jennifer Livingston, who's coordinating the visits, says there's been no shortage of interest. In fact, the exhibit is already scheduling into November. Interested in bringing the playground to your community? Better make a play date fast.

Green Mountain Children's Museum's Creative Learning Connections: Initiative Imagination Playground exhibit available now through the Green Mountain Children's Museum. Info, jenngmcm@gmail.com.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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