Kids’ imaginations run wild at the Pop-Up Playscape on the Eastern Promenade 8/31!

At this free, second-of-its-kind event, people of all ages will meet up on the Eastern Promenade to build the ultimate fort-meets-sculpture-meets-homemade-playground. We’ll have a huge supply of recycled materials, like cardboard boxes, old books, tubes, fabrics and more. You bring your imagination and sense of adventure.

Artists and Museum & Theatre staff will be on site to help make your vision a reality. At day’s end, we’ll take down the structure and recycle it. All kids take home a bag of recycled building materials to keep dreaming and creating long after the event is over.

A project like this is tons of fun, of course, but there’s also a lot to learn from it. When kids engage in open-ended play like this – a project where there’s no one right answer – they get to solve problems and direct themselves. They’ll hit road blocks, then come up with solutions that none of the adults could have devised. They’ll build the skills that will make them great problem-solvers and creative thinkers – and that’s not just good for kids, that’s good for all of us!

Event supported by the Cumberland County Community Building Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Thanks to our community partners: City of Portland Recreation and Public Services; Ecomaine; No Umbrella Media; The Root Cellar; and Ruth’s Reusable Resources.

Pop-Up Playscape
Saturday, August 31; 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Eastern Promenade Park, Portland ME
FREE for all!

For more information, contact Lucy Sullivan at

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