An out-of-this-world experience is in store at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The museum’s new Galaxy Park is set to open in August and is designed with all children in mind. Kids of every ability can pretend to be astronauts in a geometric playground that includes interactive ground-level features, slides and a belt system to allow those with mobility challenges to reach higher areas.
Children can also jump off (faux) moon rocks, scale a lunar structure, or tuck into the Cozy Dome for a break from stimulation. A mosaic of the planets’ orbital paths brightens the concrete surrounding the play equipment, which is anchored to a safe, accessible surface. The museum can even add a shade to cool the playground on hot days.
Galaxy Park (where the Waterworks spray station used to be) will build agility, balance and strength as well as social-emotional development and imagination.
The playground will be open to museum guests as well as participants in educational programs, including the on-site preschool and field trips.
“The all-inclusive, all-ability playground is a significant addition to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and is the first new construction since the building was finished in 2009,” said Orlando Carvalho, president of the museum.
“This playground will be a fundamental place for guests to find enjoyment, develop social skills through community play and build physical activity. We invite children of all backgrounds together with their parents, guardians and other family members to explore what makes the museum great.”
Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Museum of Science and History