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‘Play Work Build’ block exhibit at National Building Museum

Play Work BuildBy Betsy Stein

You might want to block out time to visit the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. this month. A new exhibit, “Play Work Build,” has galleries full of blocks of all sizes for families to play with.

Opeing Nov. 18, 2012, the exhibit explores the history and creative range of block play and combines items from the museum’s architectural toy collection with an Imagination Playground, a play space created by the Rockwell Group, a renown design firm. The playground focuses on loose parts and blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes.

The exhibit begins with a display of architectural and construction toys including alphabet blocks, Erector sets, Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs. Visitors can then test their building skills in a variety of scales. There is a gallery with tables of foam blocks for small-scale block play as well as a room with floors and walls are covered with Rockwell Group’s trademark blue foam material with hundreds of large-scale blocks to build with. The final gallery has an interactive installation of virtual block play that allows visitors to knock down virtual blocks with gestures.

“Blocks have always been a fundamental element of play, and were greatly inspirational to Imagination Playground. We are thrilled to work with the National Building Museum and to create a unique indoor play space within the historical context of construction and block play,” said David Rockwell. “Play—for children and adults—cannot be affirmed enough. At Rockwell Group, we like to build, take down and start all over again through creative collaboration, and that is exactly what this exhibit offers in a fun, informative, interactive way.”

Tickets for the exhibit are $8 for adults and $5 for youth, students and seniors. For details visit www.nbm.orgf

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