Breaking gender stereotypes in children's play
Chicago Children's Museum
Once Upon a Castle
1,300 sq. ft.
Space Planning, Environmental Design, and Implementation Oversight
Once Upon a Castle, children would dress up as Kings and Queens, Squires and Knights, Wizards and Jesters and they played happily ever after in their fantasy kingdom.
Once Upon a Castle a uniquely Chicago Children’s Museum exhibit. The physical pieces of the exhibit were designed to promote three distinct types of childhood play activities; dramatic, imaginative or fantasy, and active play.
Our design approach was modern and sophisticated to create a medium-resemblance environment that is specifically designed to evoke a castle environment without being overly focused on ultra-realistic details. It offers children from preschoolers to eight-year-olds the opportunity to imagine their own scenarios, create their own adventures and let their own narratives bring the environment to life.
- Chicago Tribune