CedarWorks donates play equipment to The Childrens Museum & Theatre of Maine's newest exhibit

The Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine's new exhibit, The Playscape, opens March 14, 2014

March 17, 2014

The Playscape Opens to the Public

Exhibit open during normal business hours | Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm 

Museum General Admission: $9 per person (under 18 months free)

142 Free Street | Portland, Maine 04101

For more info call (207) 828-1234

About The Playscape: 

The Playscape is an exhibit designed to promote child-directed, open-ended play and physical activity through engagement with climbing structures and large-scale blocks. Our 900 square-foot exhibit space is being transformed into an abstract indoor landscape compete with lush astroturf and flying kites. The space will be completely immersive and give visitors the feeling of being transported to another world. The exhibit’s two centerpieces are custom CedarWorks climbing structures for children ages 2-12 and Imagination Playground blocks made of biodegradable foam. Both aspects of the exhibit invite children to use their imaginations and their bodies to learn through play. Visitors will be invited to let their imaginations take flight as they climb to the top of a tower, send bucketfuls of balls to friends below, roll in a mini ball pit, traverse bridges, soar down slides, create unique blue structures, and explore The Playscape in their own, creative way.

The Playscape Exhibit is generously sponsored by: 

CedarWorks with WCSH6 | Let's Go! | UNUM

Sponsor Comments and Contributions: 

CedarWorks is pleased to partner with the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine to promote indoor play, imagination and discovery . for more than 30 years, CedarWorks has been committed to designing and crafting the safest, most beautiful, and highest quality play systems for children . 

"The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is a wonderful space which blends education and fun for families, " said Barrett Brown, CedarWorks company president . "Our indoor play products are a perfect complement to the goals of the Playscape exhibit in that they awaken young imaginations, and get kids moving and exploring through active play," Brown added . 

Tory W . Rogers, MD Director of Let’s Go!, a childhood obesity prevention program in Maine, said "Let’s Go!believes in providing opportunities for Maine children to be more physically active and The Museum is doing just that!" She includes, "Part of Let’s Go!’s commitment to decreasing childhood obesity rates involves encouraging community partners, like The Museum, to get kids moving . We’re happy to support The Playscape and what it stands for."

About the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine: 

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, located in the vibrant heart of Portland, exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play. The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children's development and learning . The Museum & Theatre is a significant and valuable community asset, offering a broad and diverse array of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities especially developed for children ages 0 - 10 and the adults who accompany them . 

Using four core areas of focus, including Science, Multicultural, Arts, and Early Childhood Education, the work within the Museum reaches children 6 months to 10 years of age, as well as their families and caregivers . Theatre productions include cast and crew members ages 7 to 16, with their performances being enjoyed by audiences of all ages . Outreach and programming serve students and educators throughout the state, in classes from Pre - K through 5th grade . 

Recognition includes winning the Nickelodeon's Parents' Pick Award for the Best Museum in Portland(2009) as well as being named one of the 12 Best Children's Museums in the US by Forbes (2012) and one of four children's museums in the world to receive the MetLife Promising Practice Award(2012) .

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