Why Theme your Play Space?

Why Theme Your Play Spaces

Summer 2017

The theme of this magazine is theme: themed playgrounds, theme parks, and theme songs. How many more ways can we say? It’s all about themed play!

What makes a playground or a park themed? The beauty of the child's imagination allows for any environment or any situation to become themed. Still, communities can be greatly enhanced by a space completely dedicated to theme play, like the farm-themed playground of The Summit at Fritz Farm. We asked why theme, and received a great answer from a company that offers custom design for theme playgrounds. Good vibrations emanating from your local park in the form of music adds flavor to public spaces.

Obviously, the answer to “Why Theme” isn’t so cut and dried. So why not find a local themed park or playground and find out for yourself?

In This Issue...

By: The Play and Playground Magazine
Consumers no longer want shopping centers to be places just for quick trips to buy clothes or electronics. People of all ages now prefer spaces where they can enjoyably linger. They want to shop, dine, and play.
By: Lisa Annis
Between the computer animation in Pixar movies and PlayStation video games, kids have seen it all these days. The first challenge is getting their attention and the second even larger challenge is keeping it. It’s the “blue face” generation with heads down and glued to the screen. It’s nearly...
By: Tim Mcnamara
Unstructured play on the playground gives children the opportunity to explore, discover, experience, learn, and develop the imagination. Music further stimulates a child’s curiosity, encouraging them to discover new sounds, new rhythms, wonder how a sound is made, and so much more.
By: Rolf Huber
Impact attenuation for playground surfacing in North America gets its start through the work of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the first publishing of its Handbook on Public Playground Safety in 1981 with, “most injuries associated with playground equipment involve falls,...
By: Pat Rumbaugh
When people ask how old I am, I usually say eight. A couple of years ago while walking my dog Abbie with my young friend Lucy, Lucy told me she was almost six. I responded, “I am almost six too.” Lucy looked at me and replied, “Pat, maybe you can’t count to how old you are.” I then shared, “I have...
By: Ka Boom
Oftentimes the most poignant childhood memories are the simplest ones: playing in the backyard with a sibling, learning baseball with a parent, or going to the playground after school. And, frequently, those memories involve play. Play is a critical component to healthy development and to simply...
By: Reeve Brenner
There is play and there is purposeful play. To be more specific, there is spontaneous play, team play, competitive play, self-competitive play, and noncompetitive play. There is also alongside play and opponent-based play requiring defeating rivals. Participants within the autism spectrum, others...
By: Bob McCullough
SAN ANTONIO – The opening day of Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park where guests of all ages and abilities can get wet and have fun together, was a success. “Like Morgan’s Wonderland, Morgan’s Inspiration Island is not a special-needs park; it’s a park of...