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Multimedia playground in Karawaci allows kids to explore space

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sat, April 14, 2018 | 05:37 pm
Multimedia playground in Karawaci allows kids to explore space

A visitor tries to create pattern using colorful sticks at the Light Bright wall, one of the areas of PlayScape Indonesia's Interstellar area. PlayScape Indonesia is set to run until June 3 at Supermall Karawaci, Tangerang, Banten. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

New interactive, multimedia playground PlayScape allows children to explore space. Located at Supermall Karawaci in Tangerang, Banten, and debuting on April 1, the playground is set to run until June 3 and is designed for kids aged 1 to 14 years old.

PlayScape is divided into three areas situated near to each other: Interstellar, Space Explora and Space Creator.

Visitors have to take off their shoes upon getting into Interstellar, which consists of six rooms with different themes. They pass through the Hyperspace Tunnel and Infinity Room where they can take selfies. A video is then played, explaining their “mission”. In the Planetarium, kids can play with inflatable LED planets, and earth and moon that are floating around the room. It also has two areas with sensors that will detect their movements, generating visual output. 

There is also the Asteroid room where children can fight against asteroids in an interactive projector, the Light Bright wall where children can create patterns using colorful sticks and an LED wall, the Bouncy Inflatable where they can experience the moon’s gravity while jumping inside the glowing inflatable LED castle and the MIT-developed Interactive Contour Sandplay where they can learn about the topography of the earth.

PlayScape Indonesia's MIT-developed Interactive Contour Sandplay allows children to learn about the earth's topography.PlayScape Indonesia's MIT-developed Interactive Contour Sandplay allows children to learn about the earth's topography. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

The cost of general admission for Interstellar starts at Rp 110,000 ($8) for weekdays and Rp 140,000 for weekends. The duration for kids to play in the area is around 40 minutes.

The other two areas, Space Explora and Space Creator, are placed in an open area inside the mall. Space Explora consists of ropes that are set in such a way for children to learn about balance, coordination and strength. Meanwhile, Space Creator encourages children to use their imagination to build rockets or skyscrapers using giant building blocks. Tickets for each area are priced at Rp 60,000 for weekdays and Rp 80,000 for weekends. The duration of playing in each area is one to two hours.

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PlayScape, which took half a year to prepare, is the brainchild of Samuel Tsang, a Sydney-born architect who is also the founder of South Jakarta-based Explora Playground studio and workshop – a design consultant for landscapes and playgrounds in schools, parks, malls and resorts.

Prior to creating PlayScape, Samuel had thought about how to get more kids to experience playgrounds. “At the same time, a mall is a place where most people go to in Indonesia because of the lack of public space,” he said during a press conference on April 3 at Supermall Karawaci in Tangerang.

Emmaline Tsang, playground designer of Explora Playground, said during the press conference that PlayScape gave children a chance to get away from computer screens. “[So] they [can] come into a space where they’re allowed to play freely without instructions and too many restrictions, so they can use their imaginations,” said Emmaline.

Emmaline Tsang, playground designer of Explora Playground, tries one of the attractions at Space Explora at Supermall Karawaci in Tangerang, Banten. Emmaline Tsang, playground designer of Explora Playground, tries one of the attractions at Space Explora at Supermall Karawaci in Tangerang, Banten. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Meanwhile, regarding the future operation of PlayScape, Pipih Tjandra, marketing and leasing general manager of PT Supermall Karawaci, said she wanted to see the customers' initial responses. “If this is good or even better, we can always continue and even change all the things, so people will not get bored,” Pipih said.

PlayScape is designed to be a mobile playground. Therefore, kids whose schools or residences do not have proper playgrounds can still experience it. “But we’re just starting, so we’re still learning and refining the process,” said Samuel. (wng)

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