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Storybook Playground, Cook Children's Medical Center

Fort Worth, TX USA

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

[video: scene begins as the camera pans up a garden of red and pink flowers to the Cook Children's Medical Center stone sign. Scene fades to slow pan right to left showing the story book themed play structure as adults and children play all around. Scene switches to a young girl running out of the hungry caterpillar Crawl Tunnel. Scene switches to a view through the Wire Crawl Tunnel as a baby begins the crawl through. Scene switches to a view down at red polka dotted mushroom steppers. A young girl walking across the tops of the mushroom steppers. Scene switches to two girls as they smile and run across the playground. Scene switches to a young girl speaking into a Talk Tube shaped like large flower.]

Girl: Hello?

[video: scene switches to a different young girl across the playground answering back at a talk tube.]

Girl 2: Hello.

[video: scene switches to two young girls crawl and giggling through hungry caterpillar Crawl Tunnel. Camera switches to a woman as she speaks to about the playground. White text appears at the bottom of the screen reading: Anita Beard Landscape Architect at Dunaway Associates.]

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: elevated view of the entire hungry caterpillar crawl tunnel. Children crawl through the tunnel. Camera switches to a full view of the giant peach structure and slide. Camera switches to the play area with the magic mirror panels next to the giant flowers. A young boy jumps across the tops of the mushroom steppers by the magic mirror panels. Camera switches to two young girls as they stand by a mirror panel. One girl looks up and smiles at the camera. Camera switches back to Anita speaking to the camera while standing in front of the giant speech structure.]

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: scene switches to a ground level view panning left to right of the main play structure. Camera switch to a view across the play area of a young girl standing and looking into 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: a mother helps a baby girl walk up the playground steps designed like story book. Scene switches to a young girl as she steps down the molded stairs of the Thunderhead Climber. Camera switch to panning view across the back side of the Talking is Teaching DigiFuse learning panels. Camera switches back to Anita speaking to the camera.]

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

[video: close-up of DigiFuse Talking is Teaching learning panel. A young girl runs her finger across the DigiFuse panel pointing to the letters.]

Young girl: mumbles and sings the alphabet song.

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: a young girl stands at the bottom of the stairs inside the Giant Peach structure. Camera switches to a view inside the Giant Peach structure as a young girl slides down small slide. Camera switch back to Anita speaking to camera. Scene switches to a girl as she walks up the story book steps as another young girl steps down them. Camera switches to a ground view of a baby as she stands up from sitting on the storybook steps. Scene switches to a close-up of a young boy’s face as he speaks to camera.]

Young boy: I like the mushrooms and the caterpillar.

[video: camera zoom away from a young girl standing at the head of the hungry caterpillar Crawl Tunnel. Scene switches to a close-up of young boy’s feet as he crawls down ABC climber. Camera switches to a view of young girls gathered on steps inside Giant Peach structure. Camera switches to a top down view of a girl standing on the Giant Peach stairs smiling up to the camera. Scene switches to young girls gathered under the Thunderhead climber looking at the different carving and shapes molded into the climber. A young girl points up to an animal shape.]

Young girl: Look, look... hey.

[video: scene switches to a full view of the main structure with storybook steps and ABC climber. Camera focuses on a baby boy as he crawls up the storybook steps. Scene switches to a young boy standing in front of a magic mirror panel. The boy turns around to speak to camera.]

Young boy: What are you doing back there?

[video: screen goes black with the Landscape Structures logo in the center. The Landscape Structures logo is made of a red ribbon undulating above the text landscape structures. Text below the logo reads: For a better tomorrow we play today.]

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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 a 360 view of different areas of the Cook Children's Medical Center Playground in Fort Worth Texas.

[video: scene begins with the camera placed on at a ground level with a view of the hungry caterpillar crawling tunnel, the giant peach structure and slide, and the Thunderhead climber on the main play structure. Kids play and climb all around on the Giant Peach.]

[video: scene switches to the camera placed on the deck of the main structure just outside of a elevated crawl tunnel. Three young children walk up the storybook stairs and inspect the camera.]

Young boy: There's a camera.

[video: the 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 the same time.]

[video: scene switches to the camera placed by the magic mirror play area and mushroom top steppers. A young girl sits on one of the mushroom top stepper looking into the magic mirror. Mother asks her daughter a question.]

Mother: How many do you see?

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

[video: scene switches to the camera placed inside the giant peach structure at the bottom of the interior stairs. Two young girls climb up the stairs and go down the slide, scene fades to black.]

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