SUBMITTED BY ZOE OCAMPO
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND MEMBERSHIP
Matt Most, board member, and Shari Most
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus broke ground on a major new exhibit June 11. Adventure Forest is a 500-foot-long outdoor aerial adventure course, designed to challenge guests with elements like rope swings, a glass bridge, slinky climb, a lookout that sits over 55 feet in the air, and dueling 70 feet slides with rainbow prisms to return you to earth. And, sitting over 90 feet above the banks of the South Platte River and I-25, this sculpture will be a new landmark in Denver’s skyline.
Adventure playgrounds, a growing trend worldwide, are designed to provide children with risk-taking opportunities, independence, and the freedom to explore their environment. “In a world where children spend so much time looking at screens, free-range play is more important than ever. We wanted to create something bold and breathtaking; to challenge children and grown-ups alike, get them outside and their hearts pumping, and to inspire them to be brave and to believe in themselves,” says Mike Yankovich, museum president and CEO.
Big body play is only part of what guests can expect. Local artist Wes Sam-Bruce is creating a fully immersive art installation throughout Adventure Forest, inspired by the interconnectedness of the natural world and humankind.
Set to open in September, this experience is a collaboration between the Museum’s exhibit design team, Bonsai Design, a world-class adventure course firm based in Grand Junction, Denver Parks and Recreation and artist, Wes Sam-Bruce.
Adventure Forest is designed for children ages 4 and up along with their grown-ups. Access to Adventure Forest will be included with museum admission.
Mike Yankovich, museum president
Deb Jordy – SCFD executive director, Chris Chavez and Jennifer Chavez
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