People and places around the world
Magical Places & Spaces for Kids
Lima playground: Once meant for an electric train that never arrived, cement columns and pass ways high above Lima’s crowded roadsides stood ugly and abandoned. A group of artists named Basurama revamped the scene into one of the most vivid and colorful play settings for old and young alike, using trashed and recycled items.
Berlin, Germany: The Britzergarten is 90 acres of gardens containing several playgrounds. Playspaces include a labyrinth, a giant world map, “One World,” which kids can play and walk on, water play and a striking cob (clay and sand) structure in an imaginative country-meets-the-sea folk story theme.
Paris playground: Located in a park with fascinating displays of nature, science, technology and imaginative arts (constructed in honor of French philosopher Jacques Derrida), le Jardin du Dragon is an impressively large dragon slide. With 85 feet (26 meters) of slide on the dragon’s tongue alone, it is decorated in artistic metalwork that captivates the imagination.
Playground in Japan: A rainbow mesh nest allows kids to climb into a unique environment and turn their world literally upside down. Costing 1.5 billion yen to construct and taking two years to complete, the park — with no shortage of play areas — features an array of unique light, sound and motion sensory experiences.
Malaysian playground: Created by the Brazilian artist Roberto Burle Marx, this playground sits amidst an expansive park in the shadows of the tallest twin towers in the world. The vibrant colors and patterns of the two acre playground reflect the rich Malaysian culture, while the green garden spaces incorporate a peaceful, natural setting within a hectic city.