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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:00 am

Children of all ages are invited to play with hundreds of foam building blocks on June 28 and 29, when the Anthony Viscusi Gallery at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing is transformed into a giant playground using blocks from the Imagination Playground. The playground is an interactive learning facility planned for downtown Manhattan.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, children can play with more than 265 blue foam blocks of different weights and sizes. They will be able to build structures and sculptures, tear them down and then start all over again, integrating loose parts and found objects including fabrics, tarps and reused cardboard.

The foam blocks, designed by the Rockwell Group, are part of Imagination Playground, which is being built in Burling Slip near South Street Seaport, as well as in a portable form in Brownsville, Brookyn. Other playgrounds are planned for the remaining boroughs of New York, as well as throughout the country.

Rockwell Group, an architecture and design firm, first developed the design and concept for the playground. The Imagination Playground, which breaks ground this summer, nurtures creative play through a combination of loose parts, water and sand, creating an infinite number of creative play ideas and ensuring that no two visits to the playground are ever the same.

This type of design architecture allows for transformative, socio-cooperative and imaginative constructive play, which can evolve as children mature.

Admission to the event at the New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th St. in Flushing, is free with general admission. Admission to the hall is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages two to 17, college students with I.D. and seniors. For more information, call (718) 699-0005 or visit www.nyscience.org.

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