Extraordinary Playscapes @ Moakley Courthouse

Start Date

April 20, 2019

End Date

September 26, 2019


There is perhaps nothing more creative than children at play. For kids, creativity, ideation, and design are as natural as walking and talking. Their unbridled imagination inspires us, as adults, to be more open to possibilities. Visitors will explore design case studies, artifacts, and videos featuring some of the most innovating and thoughtful play spaces in the world — including some right in our own backyard in Boston! Highlighting the latest thinking in playground design, the science of play, and the importance of outdoor play in developing creative problem-solving skills, Extraordinary Playscapes invites all age groups to come together and bond over the shared human experience of imaginative play.

This exhibition, after touring the country from Boston to San Francisco, is back for a limited time at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston’s Seaport.


Free Exhibit • Open to the Public
On View: April 20, 2019 – September 26, 2019
John Joseph Moakley Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02110
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 6pm

Please note all visitors are required to show photo ID upon arrival and are subject to Magnetometer inspection before being allowed to enter the Courthouse. Cellular phones, cameras, and other electronic devices are not permitted in the building at any time.


Moakley Courthouse is located in Boston’s waterfront Seaport District on Fan Pier and situated along Boston’s HarborWalk system. Enter the building on Old Northern Avenue near the intersection of Courthouse Way. The exhibition is located in the Courthouse main lobby and the Lower Galleries at the HarborPark entrance. The Courthouse is accessible by MBTA Silver Line (Courthouse Stop), City Water Taxi, and Rowes Wharf Water Transport.

Exhibition Preview

Wild Walk, Chip Reay and The Wild Center
Tupper Lake, NY
Courtesy of the Wild Center

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PlayForm7, Playworld Inc
Courtesy of Playworld

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Esplanade Playspace, Halvorson Design Partnership
Boston, MA
Courtesy of Halvorson Design Partnership

Takino Rainbow Nest, Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam
Takino, Japan
Courtesy of Interplay Design

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Maggie Daley Park, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Chicago, IL
Courtesy of MVVA

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Ambulance Playground, Super Local
Beit CURE Hospital, Malawi, Africa
Courtesy of Super Local