Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo

Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo

…a project that appeals to adults while delighting children.
~ Neal David, AIA, Vice President, Lincoln Park Zoo.

Tucked right in the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo is a building containing the canopy climbing adventure. Is it awesome? It’s pretty awesome.
~ Linda Marisicano, Blogger and Parent, Babble Chicago.

Lincoln Park Zoo is also home to the Canopy Climbing Adventure, considered one of Chicago’s best indoor play spaces (and still a secret to many parents).
~ Dave Wischnowsky, Columnist, Webtimes Online.

WonderSCAPES Preschool & Early Learning Exhibit

WonderSCAPES Preschool & Early Learning Exhibit

Architecture Is Fun was perfect for this project.
~ Mindy Shrago, Executive Director, Young At Art

A Young At Art Wonderland of Early Learning: Where Imagination Begins
WonderSCAPES is an arts and play-based environment at Young At Art Museum with a certified preschool dedicated to early childhood development and early learners, ages four and under. The exhibit gallery and preschool are born from the collaboration of the poetic vision of award-winning illustrator DeLoss McGraw and the creative interpretation of Architecture Is Fun.

Architecture Is Fun Team

Architecture Is Fun Team

Architecture Is Fun, Inc. makes everyday life fun.

Architecture Is Fun is a collaborative practice that explores the nexus of architecture, education and experience. For the past decade, this small, yet, successful studio has spread its influence as educative design strategists, consulting to major organizations in myriad fields, from museums and schools to foundations and associations, on a wide range of issues but always with a long-standing commitment to build accessible places of learning, living and fun that are indispensable for human growth and development. Thanks to its seminal approach to play, Architecture Is Fun has been tapped to work on such a visually compelling and socially engaging host of museum, library, school, healing, community and public space projects. Renown collaborators, architects and educators Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown called the studio’s oeuvre “work of significance and relevance, joy and seriousness, range and depth.”

Evanston Public Library:  Children’s Library

Evanston Public Library: Children’s Library

Making Room for Growth
With collections exceeding capacity and unanticipated citywide increase in juvenile population, the Evanston Public Library had little room to grow. This challenging renovation reconfigured and re-envisioned the formal library, transforming it into a literary children’s garden of delights.

Pablo’s Magical Theater: Now Showing at Young At Art Museum

Pablo’s Magical Theater: Now Showing at Young At Art Museum

Within the Young At Art Museum, the GreenScapes Gallery teaches young artists to be change agents. Artist Pablo Cano serves as the inspiration and catalyst for recycled art making in two related spaces: Pablo’s Magical Marionette Theater and Pablo’s STEAM Recycled Workshop. Within the grotto-like theater, children, students and families watch fascinating detailed films of Pablo’s creative process, his ability to transform found and discarded objects into mesmerizing puppets, and a series of classic tales, showcasing Pablo’s puppets found on display.

Designed by Architecture Is Fun With Love

Designed by Architecture Is Fun With Love

Architecture Is Fun has been developing and designing products for you – at home, at work and at play.

Our newest designs include the Happy Face Stool Collection – a boy and girl stool that little ones will love! The new additions, the BFF’s will add kitty and dog, all family-friendly, of course.  And moms should know, the stools scale up so parents can have their own kitchen stool, cheerful and content. For pricing info and to purchase, contact Fun Finders.

Chicago Children’s Museum:  Playmaze

Chicago Children’s Museum: Playmaze

A Cityscape of Play
A fanciful metropolis, Playmaze encourages a child’s imagination in a context-rich and integrated environment. This 1,500 sf city is designed specifically for children under six years of age. Scale, proportion, color, and form create a “mini-city” that is safe while encouraging independence, physical manipulation, and investigation; all of which are essential to a child’s development.

Chicago Children’s Museum:  Adventure with Babar, King of the Elephants

Chicago Children’s Museum: Adventure with Babar, King of the Elephants

The design is inspired by the heartwarming stories of the classic de Brunoff tales. Nostalgic snapshots of Babar’s travels are transformed into immersive, referential environments that transport children, age three to eight years old, and their families to places of adventure.

Louisville Science Center:  KidZone

Louisville Science Center: KidZone

Kids Are Natural Scientists
Children are experts at using play to experiment, discover, and inquire. Vehicles of exploration -the city bus, the two-story airplane, the ambulance, and the spaceship – are designed to incorporate role-playing and dramatic play, as well as providing zones for science-based learning.

DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Children’s Museum

Having fun should be a given for a project as playful and stimulating as the creation of a children’s museum. Our renovation process presented challenges that were addressed collaboratively, creatively, and with quirky good humor. It’s easy for an architectural firm to tell you that they work collaboratively but with this team, the collaborative process was a reality.
~ Susan Broad, Executive Director, DuPage Children’s Museum