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Playful Learning is a collaborative project that transforms everyday public spaces where families work, play, and live into opportunities for learning. Playful learning takes moments such as waiting for the bus, passing time at the laundromat, or waiting at the doctor’s office and turns them into fun learning experiences for both children and their families. This project brings together the science of learning and urban design to infuse cities with playful learning opportunities.

Playful Learning Benefits Communities

  • Provides parents with the tools and resources to support their interactions with their children to build their vocabulary, prepare them for school, and lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning
  • Transforms cities by providing safe, engaging, and interactive play installations that bring the community together
  • Each community is engaging in a community design process to inform all aspects of the project

Playful Learning Communities

City of Chicago: North Lawndale

Across from MLK Legacy Apartments

Central Park Pink Line

City of Chicago: Little Village

Manuel Perez Jr. Memorial Plaza

26th Street Arch

City of Aurora

Hesed House

If you are interested in learning more about the initiative, please contact:


Made Possible By
Chicago Children’s Museum
City of Chicago
CME Group Foundation
Crown Family Philanthropies
Dunham Fund
Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Steans Family Foundation