Imagination Playground is creative fun at Homewood’s Science Center

Wow! They’re super big — and blue!
 
That’s the first reaction of kids who come to the Homewood Science Center for some creative learning using the Imagination Playground set.
 
The set of foam forms includes dozens of blocks in various shapes, including blocks of various sizes, hinges and shoots for making connections, noodles, plugs and gears to hold the creations together. Despite the sizes, the pieces are light enough for young children to handle.
 
  Imagination Playground is a new feature of the
  Homewood Science Center design to provide
  opportunities for kids to engage in engineering
  play. The equipment was a gift to the science
  center from CN Railway. 
(Provided by Homewood
  Science Center)
 
Imagination Playground helps with hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. It helps build spatial awareness, initiates science thinking, opens creativity and interactive play as kids stack, connect, design and configure the various pieces into castles, forts, cars and other projects.
 
Tables and chairs are cleared out of the Wexler Theater space and the pieces are toted out from four storage bins and left for kids up to age 10 to start creating. 
 
Holly Kelsven, marketing director at HSC, said the toy is “engineering-inspired play. The way the pieces work together, the possibilities are endless.”
 
Imagination Playground is a gift from CN Railway to the Homewood Science Center. 
 
The Homewood Science, 18022 Dixie Highway, has scheduled hours for Imagination Playground. Family Play Time from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through May 31 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 and April 27. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The $10 family rate includes two adults and two children with a $5 fee for each additional child. Family Fun includes unlimited play and make time in Imagination Playground and the STEAM Studio.
 
For additional information, visit the homewoodsciencecenter.org website.

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