The New Playscape at The Children’s Museum {Ticket Giveaway!}

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This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats to our winner, Kelly!

The Children’s Museum has long been an Indianapolis treasure, both to its residents and the many visitors that come through its doors year after year. I’ve been going to the Museum since I was a child, and I’ve watched it grow and change over the years, from a small museum to the top-rated institution it is today. It’s consistently rated as one of the top 10 children’s museums in the United States.

One of the things The Children’s Museum does so very well is cater to all different age groups. Whether you’re visiting with toddlers or teens, you’ll find exhibits that make everyone happy. For years my own family’s visits have always included a trip to Playscape.

This special gallery is designed for the youngest of visitors (ages 5 and under), and sometimes we spent nearly our entire visit just in Playscape! We weren’t the only ones, and the Playscape gallery got A LOT of love, so much so that it was in need of renovation.

Well, the wait is finally over and just last month the new Playscape gallery was unveiled! Eli and I had a chance to preview the Playscape just before it opened, and to say that I was blown away would be the understatement of the year.

Pond Climber in the brand new Playscape at The Children's Museum. Such a beautiful space!

The first thing you’ll notice about the new Playscape is that it is full of beautiful, natural light. Gone is the dark, small space I remember. The new Playscape gallery design was inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which considers the environment to be the third teacher (along with home and school). The floor to ceiling windows, along with the natural colors and environmental design theme, make it feel as if you’re playing in the trees.

Several elements that are integral to children’s play are present in the new Playscape. The favorites from the old Playscape are here, but redone beautifully.

There’s sand play, with typical sand features along with a zen-like rotating turntable. I want one of these in my home – it was so soothing!

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There’s water play in “The Creek”, complete with a waterfall you can walk under.

Water play. Playscape at the Children's Museum

But my favorite is the addition of the Lilypad Climber. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s just challenging enough for little arms and legs.

Lilypad Climber. Children's Museum Indianapolis

Other areas include an Art Studio, a Music Studio, and a special enclosed area for babies and toddlers.

Art Studio. Playscape, Children's Museum

Eli loved it all, but he was especially enamored with the Reaction Contraption, a Rube Goldberg inspired feature. With so many variations and ways to manipulate the balls, tracks and ramps, he could’ve easily spent the whole evening in this one spot alone.

Reaction Contraption in Playscape. Children's Museum Indianapolis

I’m a little wistful that my children are above the age range for the Playscape gallery, but I’m thrilled for the new generation of children that will get to experience it themselves. I have so many wonderful memories spent learning and playing together with my children in the Playscape as toddlers and preschoolers.

Thanks to the generosity of The Children’s Museum, I have 2 tickets to give away so that you can begin making your own precious memories with your little ones! The tickets are for Children’s Museum Admission (valued at $18.50 each), which not allows access to the Playscape Gallery as well as all the other wonderful exhibits in the museum.  You can earn up to four entries by following these instructions:

  • Leave a comment telling me which Children’s Museum exhibit you’re most looking forward to sharing with your family.
  • Tweet and/or share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.  Leave separate comments for each telling me that you did so for them to count as entries.
  • Let me know if you like The Risky Kids on Facebook.  Leave a comment letting me know you like us!
Giveaway will end Thursday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST.  Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.   Good luck!




  1. I cant wait to check out the new Playscape. I took Nathan all the time when he was little, and poor Ryan hasn’t been since he was an infant and slept in my Ergo the whole time. I think he’ll love the playscape.

  2. I shared on FB!

  3. I like Risky Kids on FB!

  4. We adore the dino area. Would love to give the playscape area a try! I share on FortvilleMama on FB and Twitter.

  5. I liked Risky Kids on facebook!

  6. I shared the like on facebook for playscape!

  7. This is in our future! The big kids will love the new adventure and the little ones will just love being there! Children’s Museum Playscape is on our bucket list!

  8. I would like to take my 3 year old son to play in The Creek – he loves water and I know he would love the new playscape.

  9. I like Risky Kids on facebook under Westin Alina Hahn

  10. Sadly, my kids are all a bit too old for Playscape now…but they would totally go for any science exhibit the museum has…my little nerdlings love science 🙂

  11. Also, I do like Risky Kids on FB (not sure why I didn’t before…I swear I liked it once before)

  12. I am really looking forward to checking out the new playscape.

  13. I’m a playscape fan x1000 so I would love to win extra tickets to be able to take family and friends this coming year!


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