Blog: Playtime Today

  • 15 Years of Progressive Play Area Design


    PLAYTIME is celebrating its 15th year in business and proud to be trusted by major brands to bring their images to life in over 45 countries worldwide. Experts in play area design, Founder and Creative Director Jon Norby and 3D designer Shane Duerksen report on the evolution of play area design.

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  • Designing Fun: PLAYTIME at ICSC Conferences 2016


    We’ve been challenged with answering questions about what’s new, what’s different, and how things are changing. Years ago it was all about engaging kids. Today it’s about designing play areas that engage kids AND inspire adults. New aesthetics, modern designs and simple technology. Look what’s new.

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  • Pacific Pediatrics Adds Fun to Inspire Lifelong Wellbeing

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    Pacific Pediatrics, located in Woodburn, OR, was imagined from the ground-up as a place where kids would love to go, says Erin Moller, Clinic Director for three YVFWC clinics. From the ocean-themed playground outside, to the submarine entryway, and the underwater interior design and play elements, the clinic gives children many fun reasons to visit the doctor.

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  • Splash Pad at Florida Aquarium Adds “Dynamic Fun,” Draws New Members


    The Florida Aquarium takes its mission seriously. The nonprofit organization sees over 800,000 visitors annually and does its part to educate young and old about water conservation, marine biology and the role of water in Florida’s ecosystem. In order to keep that mission alive, the aquarium recently replaced an aging water play area with a state-of-the-art area called “The Splash Pad,” and the fun amenity seems to have done its job.

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  • New Tenants, Amenities & Traffic: PREIT’s Cumberland Mall


    With a brand new Dick’s Sporting Goods, several new tenants – both restaurants and retailers – and a first-time-ever play area sponsored by Inspira Health Network, PREIT’s Cumberland Mall in Vineland, NJ is seeing an uptick in traffic as well as a resurgence of popularity. The play area’s healthy theme includes many fruits and vegetables that are grown in the largely agricultural area where the mall is located.

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  • 2016 Waterparks Grand Openings


    PLAYTIME is thrilled to present the 2016 Waterparks Grand Openings of some fabulous new water parks in North America, including Hershey’s Lodge, Typhoon Texas, Kamp Dels and the Carowinds Amusement and Water Park

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  • Shopping Center Play Areas: Small Spaces, Big Fun


    Shopping centers are getting creative with small spaces, packing big fun into outdoor walkways, indoor corridors, and under stairways that otherwise would go unused. These affordable play areas, as small as 300 square feet, include a full turnkey package from PLAYTIME. The photos tell the story.

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  • Minot International Airport Expands, Adds “Power Play”

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    The airport play area’s story mimicked that of the Minot community: there was a sponsor lined up to pay for the play area but when oil prices dropped, the sponsor pulled out. Undaunted, airport executives went on a hunt for more sponsors, right at the height of the new terminal’s construction. Ultimately, the airport was able to secure not one, not two, but eight sponsors!

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  • Bettenhausen Rec Center Keeps Kids and Teens Moving


    Located in Tinley Park, IL, the Tony Bettenhausen Rec Center serves between 25,000 and 35,000 people every single month. As part of its mission to help the community stay healthy, the center has installed a brand new play area for young children as well as The Pit Stop, a custom-designed retreat where teens must ride bikes to power video games, among other amenities.

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