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Field of Play

Fish Chair
Race cars

In The Strong’s Field of Play exhibit senses are delighted by interactive and creative-play activities, and hundreds of fascinating artifacts that illustrate the six major elements of play: anticipation, surprise, pleasure, understanding, strength, and poise.

Start with a three-screen multimedia presentation about the importance of play in human learning and creativity, then go hands-on in this one-of-a-kind play laboratory.

  • Walk through a giant kaleidoscope and create and view your own kaleidoscope patterns.
  • Change your image into colorful LEGO-like bricks with Body Scrub, an art installation created by Kurosh ValaNejad at the USC Game Innovation Lab.
  • Use pulleys to power a gigantic overhead ball machine.
  • “Drive” a drag racer.
  • Lose all sense of proportion in the exaggerated perspective room.
  • Climb a rock wall.
  • Relax in the Jellyfish Jungle.


Field of Play is produced by The Strong.