Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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78 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Unlikely Play Structure Educates Kids about their Bodies The educational play exhibit at the HealthWorks! Kids' Museum in St. Louis, Mo., let's kids learn about, among other things, areas of the brain and their functions through an interactive LED panel. The leg of the giant body (right) is a slide; kids are encouraged to interact with the body. The HealthWorks! Kids' Museum in St. Louis, Mo., used to be the Delta Dental Health Theatre, which housed "the world's largest set of fiberglass teeth." The museum's main piece is a 55' long, 25' wide, 8' tall accessible human skeletal play/learning structure designed and built by Cre8Play (www.cre8play.com), working in conjunction with Cunningham Recreation (www.cunninghamrec.com). Unlimited Play (www.unlimitedplay.org) consulted on ADA accessibility. Cre8Play calls it "Dexter"; the museum refers to it as "Interactive Dude." Dexter Dude features a leg slide, a bone balance beam and lets youngsters explore under the rib cage, climb on it and play an electronic, memory-style healthy eating game attached to the digestive tract. Kids can walk inside the skull and learn about the frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital lobes, the cerebellum and the brainstem. There are also informative displays about heart health and the harms of smoking. The exhibit really "spills the guts" on the human body, as the designers say, offering unique lessons to young, impressionable minds. Kids can play a game of "Simon Says" while learning about the larynx. There's even an "all-bout poop" panel with a passing gas sound effect. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 9 2

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