Cosmic Playground

Over 300 volunteers helped build the Cosmic Playground, which is mostly composed of packing tape.

Looking for a fun fall break activity for the kids? A brand-new, out-of-this-world play space is coming to Arizona Science Center!  

On October 6, the Cosmic Playground experience will make its debut, and it’s safe to say it will be unlike any playground you’ve experienced. 

First, it’s made almost entirely of household packing tape and was constructed by teams of community volunteers, with more than 300 people pitching in for the past several weeks under the supervision of the artist who designed this unique experience.

The Cosmic Playground experience, which will be at Arizona Science Center through January 13, will give visitors of all ages the opportunity to climb, slide and explore the galaxy in three distinct space-inspired play structures — all while experiencing an array of cosmic light, sounds and motion. 

Kids and kids-at-heart can crawl through a tunnel of stars, slide into a wormhole and travel through a black hole. Fun elements can be found throughout the structures, including SPUN spinning chairs, Space Hopper bouncing balls, a Milky Way ball pit and plenty of spots to snap space-themed selfies.

It wouldn’t be a Science Center experience without daily activities and demos, and Cosmic Playground is no exception. The Aspiring Astronaut Station will be manned by Arizona Science Center’s Blue Crew team of science interpreters, who will help bring space-related scientific concepts to life with hands-on experiments. 

When you go, remember to bring a pair of clean socks, because Cosmic Playground is a shoe-free environment. (If you forget, you can purchase a pair at the Science Center for $1 while supplies last.) And if you have friends and family with disabilities, be sure to include them in the fun, as the experience is ADA accessible. 

 Tickets are available now and can be purchased at or in person at the Arizona Science Center. Cosmic Playground tickets are $4.95 for non-members (adults and children) and $3.95 for members (adults and children) and Groups of 15 or more. General Admission is also required and is free for members, $18 for adults, and $13 for children (3-17). The experience runs from October 6, 2018 through January 13, 2019 and is located in the Center’s Sybil B. Harrington Gallery. 

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