INSIDE: A sneak peek at Imagination Playground New York.
With views of the harbour, and on prime Manhattan land at Burling Slip, Imagination Playground New York is surely the world’s most expensive playground!
The transformable open space design is perfect to inspire child-directed unstructured free play.
There’s a multi-level space with a giant sand pit, and a water play area.
But the WOW FACTOR of this interactive playground is that kids can manipulate their play environment with loose parts, and build and create wherever there’s a free space.
- 1 Loose Parts Play in New York
- 2 Imagination Playground New York
- 3 Fun Manhattan Playground at Burling Slip
- 4 Photos of Imagination Playground
- 5 The Inside Scoop – New York Playground “Imagination”
- 6 Map of Imagination Playground South Street
- 7 Toadstool Rating – Best Playgrounds in New York City
- 8 Looking for MORE Super Fun Things to Do in NEW YORK CITY with Kids?
Loose Parts Play in New York
Imagination Playground loose parts and elements are provided by the trained on-site ‘play associate’ staff who manage the playground and provide supervision over the loose parts.
Children are allowed to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play with these ever-changing loose parts such as toys, tools, and giant foam building blocks in all kinds of shapes including balls, ramps, tracks, circles, pipes, troughs, and balls.
Kids are invited to use their intuition as a guide for play as they build something, tear it down, and start all over again.
Imagination Playground New York
Designed by famed architect David Rockwell, the Imagination Playground in New York lets kids exercise their minds AND muscles.
Kids can run up and down the ramps or hide under them for some cool shade, slide down the iconic yellow tunnel slide, jump, climb the ropes, laze in the hammocks, skip, as well as play out their own imaginative games with new friends.
Loose part pipes and hoses are added to the water play area for kids to build with. There’s a small wading pool zone, a waterfall down one side, and jets that spout water into the sky too. Kids love to step on them!
This is one playground where parents are encouraged to sit on the sidelines under the shade umbrellas (necessary to block out the hot sun!) and enjoy their own self-prescribed time out.
It’s fenced from traffic too, so it makes this our favourite playground to visit on a sunny day!
Fun Manhattan Playground at Burling Slip
The Imagination Playground captures Burling Slip and South Street Seaport’s rich maritime and commercial history. The design includes ship and harbour themed elements such as a cascading water channel, a climbing rope, masts and pulleys, and a lookout ramp with telescopes.
The built landscape also incorporates amphitheater seating and a “crow’s nest” that has a double function as a storage unit for the playground’s loose parts.
Photos of Imagination Playground
The Inside Scoop – New York Playground “Imagination”
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in ** dollars.
Address: 158 John Street Burling Slip between Front Street and South Street New York, NY (Opposite South Street Seaport. Front fence located between Pier 15 and Pier 16)
Telephone: Please call 311.
Website: Click here
Opening Hours: 9am to 6.30pm. The playground is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Entry Fees: Free entry.
How to get there: Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street. Upon exiting, walk east on Fulton Street until you reach the playground.
Map of Imagination Playground South Street
Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: BYO snacks and drinks.
Toilets: Yes, inside the bright red silo, including baby change table
Disability access: Yes
Shade: Limited. Large sun umbrellas are dotted around the playground to ward off the hot sun. BYO hats and sunscreen.
Ground cover: Timber decking, sand, concrete pathways, timber ramps.
Picnic tables: No. Lots of seating around though.
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
The Imagination Playground at Burling Slip was last reviewed in October 2018.
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