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15 Bold Playground Innovations

From Kid-Approved Airport Lounges to Floating Recreation Structures

— June 30, 2014 — Life-Stages
Kid-approved airport lounges, floating play structures and luxe, recreational ships are just some of these playground innovations that are sure to appeal to your little one.

Designed with imagination and fun in mind, these art installations, kid-approved public spaces and family-friendly destinations are a great travel option when heading to your next trip abroad.

While a traditional playground may remind one of a swings and monkey bars set-up, these playground innovations challenge tradition and present parents with a range of fun options for their growing kids.

The artful installations and architectural wonders are not only camera-worthy but are also designed to encourage learning and development for one’s child. Whether encouraging fitness or intellectual development, one thing these examples have in common is a focus on fun.
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Uplifting Rainbow Walkways
Uplifting Rainbow Walkways
The London Bridge is Turned into a Bright Road by 'Spark Your City'
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Ballooner Jungle Gyms
Ballooner Jungle Gyms
A Hot-Air Balloon Swing May Grace a Riverside Park in Queens, New York
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LED-Illuminated Seesaws
LED-Illuminated Seesaws
'A Tilt of Light' by ENESS is an Art Installation That Encourages Play
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Cocoon-Like Playgrounds
Cocoon-Like Playgrounds
The Vail Nest by tres birds workshop is an Artistic Jungle Gym
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Ice Cream-Mimicking Playgrounds
Ice Cream-Mimicking Playgrounds
This Ice Cream Playground is a Pink & Blue Wonderland for Kids
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Shipping Container Children's Centers
Shipping Container Children's Centers
This Industrial Children's Activity Center is in Australia
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Geometrical Public Playgrounds
Geometrical Public Playgrounds
This Metal-Clad Playground Structure Boasts a Built-In Trampoline
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Sustainable Timber Playgrounds
Sustainable Timber Playgrounds
These Eco-Friendly Rocking Chair Animals are Playful & Attractive
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Recycled Machinery Playgrounds
Recycled Machinery Playgrounds
The 'Kinderparadijs Meidoorn' Fun Zone Winds Kids Up
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Hello Kitty Lounges
Hello Kitty Lounges
Taiwan Airport Dedicates an Entire Gate to Create a Hello Kitty Dreamland
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Luxe Playground Ships
Luxe Playground Ships
The Avalon 'Deco Funship' Takes Fun to the High Seas
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Blue Block-Filled Installations
Blue Block-Filled Installations
Play Work Build by David Rockwell Focuses on Construction Games
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Stringy Spectral Playgrounds
Stringy Spectral Playgrounds
The Rainbow Ropes Project Envisions Colorful and Dynamic Urban Spaces
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Origami Playground Canopies
Origami Playground Canopies
This Brightly Colored Thin Metal Canopy Protects a Playground in Spain
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In-Airport Playgrounds
In-Airport Playgrounds
The Schiphol Departure Lounge 4 Lets Kids Play During Layover
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Extravagant Bug-Eyed Playgrounds
Extravagant Bug-Eyed Playgrounds
This New Creative Playground Will Blow Kids Away
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Ultimate Urban Playgrounds
Ultimate Urban Playgrounds
The City Museum was Formerly a Converted Shoe Factory
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Infant Sensory Playgrounds
Infant Sensory Playgrounds
The MAXI-ooh! is an Innovative Learning Area for Babies
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Whimsical Public Art Displays
Whimsical Public Art Displays
This Art Installation Features Larger Than Life Spinning Tops
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Imaginatively Abstract Playgrounds
Imaginatively Abstract Playgrounds
Free Play by Dan Schreibman Feeds Children's Creativity
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Knitted Kid-Friendly Installations
Knitted Kid-Friendly Installations
These Interactive Crocheted Playgrounds Embrace Childhood
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Sleek Futuristic Playgrounds
Sleek Futuristic Playgrounds
The Blaxland Riverside Park by JMD Design is a Child's Haven
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2
Massive Floating Playgrounds
Massive Floating Playgrounds
The Wibit Sports Park 60 is an Inflatable Water Park Wonderland
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Hammock Public Seating
Hammock Public Seating
The Off-Ground Installation is Part Playground, Part Retreat
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