By Alyson Hay, Camana Bay Times
Kids can build rocket ships, robots and even houses at Camana Bay – the only tools they need are imagination and blue foam blocks in all shapes and sizes.
This worldwide concept, called Imagination Playground, is a creation by award-winning architect David Rockwell: a playtime experience that encourages children to become the designers of their own playground. Suitable for ages five to 12, it offers moveable parts including cubes, bricks, cogs, curves and cylinders, which have holes and shapes that fit together in a variety of ways.
These pieces come in only one colour for a reason: to encourage more imaginative play, without any distraction or competition that might arise from having multi-coloured toys.
Researchers have shown that playing with blocks helps children develop cognitive and social skills. Even parents notice the benefits from watching their children at play.
“Our kids love to build forts while splashing in the fountain and it’s nice that we can watch them over a meal at one of the restaurants nearby,” says Morne Botes, parent of Carter, aged eight, and Tyler, aged five. “I was really impressed when they made a water slide.”
Children can participate in the fun every Tuesday and Saturday from 10am to 7pm at the fountain at The Crescent. It is free and open to the public and kids can enjoy cooling sprays from the 30-feet high dancing fountain – swimwear is encouraged.
For more details on this event, visit camanabay.com/events.