If you need a good happy-cry, take a few minutes to watch Playground, the sweetly animated short film by Ryosuke Oshiro. A boy who has always considered himself a "lone wolf" gets into a competition of imagination with a classmate who, like him, dreams of superpowers, magical forests, and grand cities.
I think we should re-visit the playgrounds of our childhood to see how much fun we can have now. Because if it's anything like these guys from the Streaks Show, it looks like it'll be an insane amount of fun. I mean, they used a seesaw to basically jump flip out of the world of physics and gravity and momentum.
If you think about it, ball pits are gross cesspools that hide violent bits of static charges and virulent diseases that smell like melting plastic. They are not fun. But that's because adults are not fun. For kids, there are few places better. This 5000 balloon pit is like a ball pit for kids, but for skateboarders.
A week of calamity in landscapes reads! Did microbes cause the largest mass extinction in earth's history? Why is California sinking? What did we learn from the biggest earthquake in America fifty years ago? And, closer to home, how dangerous should a playground be?
If this monstrous snaking course is what slides are like at Japanese playgrounds, my mind probably won't even be able to begin to comprehend the magnitude of their swingsets. I imagine they must tower over skyscrapers.
If you have kids, you know what it's like to go from activity to activity with only a few moments in between. You may think you're broadening your child's horizon, but you may be doing more harm than good.
Who doesn't like to swing? Whether you're five or fifty, you can't help but smile when you're swinging. Jeff Waldman wants to share that joy with the world and is placing swings everywhere he can.
I'm sure when I was younger I wanted to live in a McDonald's playground forever. Now, thanks to the imaginative Japanese, I can. These Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo are basically an adult-sized playground masked as housing solutions.