The Fascinating History of Playgrounds

09|21|2018

We all remember spending summer days trying to conquer the monkey bars and seeing who could go the highest on the swings. Playgrounds not only create wonderful memories, but they also play a critical role in the social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development of children starting in early childhood. Designed as a cheerful place of... Read more »

A Look Back on 20 Years of PLAYTIME

09|11|2018

Play is a critical component of children’s overall development. PLAYTIME has a long history of understanding the role of imagination, movement, and socialization inherent in play. As the leader in creating functional play environments with architectural accents and customized theming, PLAYTIME is proudly celebrating 20 years of innovation in play environment design. An Idea Is... Read more »

Make Your Hotel an Adventure For All Ages

08|28|2018

When you think of the hospitality industry, do you think of zip lining, rope courses, and rock walls? If so, then you are in tune with a rapidly emerging trend where these kinds of activities—and many more—are being offered to customers as an experience enhancing incentive. Today, hospitality organizations are competing to not only get... Read more »

Fun for the Whole Family: Why Theme Parks Should Reconsider Play Areas for the Smallest Visitors

08|21|2018

Theme parks are designed for family fun and are a popular pick for vacations. Families have a lot of choices considering the many options in the U.S. According to the IAAPA (International Association of Amusements Parks and Attractions), there are over 400 amusement parks in the U.S., and the most significant guest demographic for these... Read more »

When Children Need a Vacation from Vacation: Exploring Hotel and Resort Play Spaces

08|14|2018

There’s no question about the critical role of play in the lives of children. Playtime aids in the crucial development of a child’s body, mind, and emotions. It is their job to play, and modern thinking is beginning to embrace that idea again after many years of pushing children to participate in adult activities during... Read more »

Washington Dulles NASA-Themed FunWay Play Area Delights Traveling Families

07|26|2018

Washington Dulles International Airport is committed to making travel as enjoyable as possible for its customers of all ages. One way the busy airport accomplishes this goal is by offering a kid-friendly play area in partnership with NASA. Families traveling through Dulles can enjoy a FunWay adventure designed and manufactured by PLAYTIME. The engaging and interactive... Read more »

A Diversity of Designs Create A Whole World of Fun

07|23|2018

For children, play is just as critical as good nutrition and education in their overall development. In an urbanized, digitized, and overweight world, playgrounds promote childhood health and community in a culture that seems to have forgotten these qualities. Sensory development, creativity, social experiences, and movement must be part of the child’s daily routine. Today’s... Read more »

Sustainable PLAYTIME

07|13|2018

Kids’ Park Aids in Redevelopment of Downtown Bellflower The city of Bellflower, California upholds the mission “to protect and enrich the quality of life, to make Bellflower an excellent place to live, work, and play.” The city values programs that nurture new businesses provide recreational and community services, preserve the environment and provide for the... Read more »

Not All Play is Created Equal: Outdoor Play Offers Major Developmental Benefits

06|20|2018

Have you ever heard the expression, “That’s child’s play?” Usually meant to minimize the importance of an activity, the expression really has it all wrong because few things are as important as play in a child’s life. And as children grow up to be future leaders in education, medicine, politics, and various other fields, children’s... Read more »

RECon 2018 and the Retailtainment Movement

06|18|2018

RECon was held May 20-23 in Las Vegas, and this year’s show was a huge success! PLAYTIME is excited to have been among the Global Retail Real Estate Convention’s 37,000 professional guests in attendance. During this ultimate gathering for retail real estate pros from all over the globe, industry leaders shared strategies and brought to... Read more »

Revitalizing Playgrounds on Budget

05|30|2018

There is nothing quite as idyllic as a sunny park with a beautiful playground, and nothing quite as depressing as a tired, worn out one. Parks are a huge part of the public face of a community and can help attract young families to a neighborhood. They are social spaces, places for families, friends, and... Read more »

Technology on the Playground: PLAYTIME’s Reactions Wall Offers Fun Fitness for All Ages

05|22|2018

Nearly everyone’s life has become defined by technology, though technology doesn’t always have to mean being stuck sitting behind a screen. PLAYTIME has developed a product that brings technology and activity together. The PLAYTIME Reactions Wall is a heads-up technology that pushes a player’s mental and physical agility while fitting seamlessly into the modern playground.... Read more »

A Better World, One Laugh at a Time

05|01|2018

How do we make the world a better place? This is a question that gets tossed around a lot, but often without answers or results. These days, the news can paint a rather bleak picture and it can be difficult to see ways in which others do indeed make the world a happier, safer, and... Read more »

Heads-Up: Technology is Coming to a Play Area Near You

04|12|2018

For many of us growing up, the ubiquitous “Go play outside!” was an invitation/demand from our parents to get out and move around. But whether it’s growing roots in front of the television or getting carpal tunnel on the computer, 21st century kids are spending more and more time sitting inside, and less moving outside.... Read more »

Empowering Kids Through Creative Play

04|09|2018

Being a kid has so many perks, but one of the best is all the time they get to spend playing. Besides being fun, this is a vital part of a child’s development, both physically and mentally. Normal play activity teaches kids important coordination and motor skills, while creative free-form play further develops their ability... Read more »