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Storybook Playground, Cook Children's Medical Center

Fort Worth, TX USA


Playground Overview

Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, brings the joy of play and reading together in a custom, storybook-themed playground for children ages 2 to 12. Kids can crawl through a book worm and climb a stack of books. And with help from their caregivers, they can engage with the Talking is Teaching playground panels, designed in partnership with Too Small to Fail. It’s a world of wonder where kids can run and play while learning their ABCs and 123s.

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Playground Details

  • Age Ranges

    • 2 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 12 years
  • Design Standards

  • ASTM
  • Installed

  • October 2016
  • Min Area Required

  • 23' x 14' (7,01 m x 4,27 m)

  • Project Price Range
  • Pricing for custom playground equipment varies. For international and exact pricing, please contact your local playground consultant.

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Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.

Video features the two to five-year-old playground at the Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth Texas.

[video: camera pans up a garden of red and pink flours to the Cook Children's Medical Center stone sign. Camera slowly pans right to left showing main play structure with adults and children playing.]

[video: Young girl runs out of hungry caterpillar tunnel. Baby crawls through elevated tunnel. Camera close-up of young girl walking on mushroom top steppers. Two young girls smiling and run to go play.]

[video: young girl speaks into talk tube shaped like large flower.] Young girl: Hello?

[video: Different young girl answers back in different large flower talk tube.] Young girl 2: Hello.

[video: two young girls crawl through hungry caterpillar tubing.]

[video: camera switches to Anita Beard landscape architect at Dunaway Associates, she speaks to camera.]

Anita: What we have here is the storybook playground, three stories that we kind of wanted to play on. The Hungry Caterpillar, The Giant Peach and then of course the magic mirror kind of story land feeling over in the other corner.

[video: full view of entire hungry caterpillar crawling tubes. Full view of giant peach structure and slide. Full view of magic mirror play area with giant size flowers. Young boy jumps from mushroom top steppers to another. Young girl stands by mirror panel looking at camera and smiling.]

Anita: I started working on this project about a year and a half ago maybe a year and it started with this inspiration from the client to provide a storybook playground.

[video: ground level view panning left to right of main structure. Camera switch to young girl standing and looking through hungry caterpillar crawl tubes.]

Anita voiceover: Some really architectural or artistic pieces were important to them. The too small to fail, we were really excited about the interactive pieces on that we were able to incorporate Peaks which is the Cook Children's kind of mascot the dinosaur.]

[video: Mother helping young baby up story book steps. Young girl walking down green steps. Camera switch to panning of main playground structure and too small to fail DigiFuse learning panels. Camera switch back to Anita.]

Anita voiceover: We were able to include some letters and books and more themes just to play on.

[video: close-up of DigiFuse too small to fail learning panel. Young girl runs her finger across too small to fail panel with alphabet display.]

Young girl: mumbles and sings the alphabet.

Anita voiceover: One of the custom pieces right here is the Peach which was inspired from another LSI product the Big Apple. We wanted to provide a two to five piece on this playground it's just for that age range. Another custom piece is the storybooks themselves which are the steps on the other side of this large structure, so we put the book titles on there and match the colors and try to tie it all together.

[video: Young girl stands at bottom of stairs inside the Giant Peach structure. Young girl slides down Peach slide. Camera switch back to Anita speaking to camera. Young girl walks up story book steps as another young girl steps down them. Camera back to Anita speaking to camera.]

[video: close-up of young boy’s face as he speaks to camera.]

Young boy: I like the mushrooms and the caterpillar.

[video: camera zoom away from young girl standing at the head of the hungry caterpillar crawl tunnel. Close-up of young boy’s feet as he crawls down ABC climber. Young girls gather on steps inside Giant Peach structure. Young girls gather under structure to look at different carvings and molds cut into the structure. Young girl points up.]

Young girl: Look, look... hey.

[video: camera switches to full view of main structure where storybook steps and ABC climber attach to structure. Baby attempts to crawl up storybook steps. Young boy turns around to speak to camera after seeing camera man in mirror on playground.]

Young boy: What are you doing back there?

[video: fade to landscape structures logo.]


Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.

Video features 360 views of different areas of the Cook Children's Medical Center Playground in Fort Worth Texas.

[video: camera is ground level with a view of the hungry caterpillar crawling tunnels, the giant peach structure and slide, and the winding stair case up to the main structure. Kids play and climb all around on the Giant Peach.]

[video: camera is places on a deck of the main structure just outside of a elevated crawl tunnel. Three young children walk up the storybook stairs and see the camera.] Young boy: There's a camera. [video: young boy peeks over learning panel to ask an adult a question.]

Young boy: Are you sure there is a camera up here?!

Adult: Can you guys walk through the tunnel?

Young boy: Yeah we can.

[video: young boy goes to enter tunnel as a girl exits the tunnel.]

Young girl: we can walk through.

[video: young girl and boy both squeeze through crawl tunnel at same time.]

[video: camera is placed by magic mirror play area and mushroom top steppers. Young girl sits on mushroom top stepper looking into mirror. Mother asks here daughter a question.]

Mother: How many do you see?

[video: young girl stands up from mushroom stepper and walks with her mother over to the storybook steps,]

[video: camera is placed inside giant peach at bottom of the stairs. Two young girls climb up the stairs and go down the slide. Fade to black.]

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