Event description

This national exhibition and education program explores the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving communities, and social equity.

What we learn through play impacts our physical, mental, social, and creative health—and designers, architects, and play advocates are taking notice. Extraordinary Playscapes examines the art, history, science, and importance of play, while telling the story behind some of the most incredible play spaces in the world. Featuring over 40 international playgrounds, drawings, sketches, videos, scale models, and playable installations, the interactive exhibition examines the importance of play and the latest thinking in playground design. From towering treetop paths to hand-knit crochet playgrounds, visitors will discover how architects and designers worldwide are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into state-of-the-art and meaningful environments.

This expansive exhibition arrives in San Francisco on April 6th after successful residencies in both Portland, OR and Boston, MA.

This exhibition and components are free for all attendees. The full exhibition in the San Francisco Public Library is viewable based on library hours. In addition, the public is invited to visit both our PlayCubes installation at Civic Center Plaza, as well as all of the parks on the Playground Passport, available at the library. Click here for library hours.

Don't forget tickets for SFDW Opening Night.