Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

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September 2017 71 Have the kids shrunken, or have they come across a Gulliveresque body? The museum is all about imagining and interactive learning, but most of all about just having fun. The new HealthWorks! Kids' Museum ( ) in St. Louis, Mo., opened May 14, 2016. The museum came into being when the Delta Dental Health Theatre on Laclede's Landing in downtown St. Louis, developed as a program under the Foundation of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society in 1977, closed its doors in 2015. The new museum on Macklind Ave. is a larger facility and has expanded its scope from teeth to the entire human body. The Delta Dental Health Theatre's main attraction was "the world's largest set of fiberglass teeth," which remains as one of the new museum's attractions, hanging from the ceiling as a gigantic toothbrush moves across the teeth. The brushing creates bubbles that fall down on those observing the teeth cleaning. Shannon Woodcock, who was the executive director of the original Delta Dental Health Theatre for seven years, is now president and CEO of the new museum. The museum has been ranked among the Top 10 destinations for parents and educators in St. Louis. Shannon was recently named a Missouri Athletic Club 2017 Women of Distinction. The HealthWorks! Kids' Museum's main piece is the 55-foot long, 25-foot wide, 8-foot tall human skeletal structure that serves as a universally accessible indoor playground. Cre8Play refers to the unusual play and learning structure as "Dexter," while the museum refers to it as the "Interactive Dude." The entire play space was designed and built by Cre8Play ( ), working in conjunction with Cunningham Recreation ( ). Unlimited Play ( www.unlimitedplay. org ) consulted on ADA accessibility. The Interactive Dude was funded through a grant awarded to Unlimited Play by the St. Louis Office for Developmental Disabilities (DD Resources). DD Resources serves St. Louis residents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and intellectual disability. The Dude features a leg slide, a bone balance beam and allows children to explore under the rib cage and climb on it. The designers say the exhibit really "spills the guts" on the human body from head to toe, offering up unique lessons to young, impressionable minds. Top: The museum's largest piece is a glass fiber reinforced concrete "Interactive Dude"—a 55-foot long, 25-foot wide, 8-foot tall human skeletal structure that is an accessible indoor playground. Left: The interactive LED panel here explains to children the main regions of the brain (frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital lobes, and the cerebellum) and their functions. Middle: The Dude's right leg bones—femur, patella, tibia and fibula become a boney balance beam. Right: The "Dudes" left foot below the knee is a slide. Bodies Unlikely Play Structure Educates Kids about their Design/Build by Cre8play

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