Programs  PLAY @ KANEKO


Jun 2, 2015 -
Aug 16, 2015

KANEKO | 1111 Jones St


PLAY will be on view at KANEKO from May 30 to August 16, 2015.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Public Gallery Hours
Closed Monday
Tuesday–Friday // 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday // 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

“Play is how we are made, how we develop and adjust to change. It can foster innovation and… allows us to express our joy and connect most deeply with the best in ourselves, and in others.”

– Stuart Brown, M.D., from his book, Play

Research proves that play is vital in providing the mental, social, and physical foundations necessary for success and happiness. In early childhood, play is how relationships are formed, coordination is learned, and creativity is tapped. Play is just as important throughout life, as it is at the heart of problem solving, social interactions, and creativity.

This summer, KANEKO explores the power of play in our everyday world. The series examines how, whether at home or at work, alone or with others, play has a role in shaping a happier, more fulfilling life. KANEKO has been transformed into a veritable PLAYground, offering insight into the science and philosophy of play, while providing ample opportunities for visitors to engage in meaningful play themselves.

PLAY uses Dr. Stuart Brown’s philosophy and research as a foundation for the dialogue on the importance of play and how it manifests in a variety of forms. KANEKO furthers that conversation with hands-on examples of how play can be nurtured, infused, and enhanced in everyday life – in the home, classroom, office, and community.

Special thanks to: RDG Planning and Design, Montessori Co-op School, Fat Brain Toys, UNO STEM Education, Early Childhood Education, Play+Room by LeWonderment, Omaha Children’s Museum, Spielbound, Nebraska Loves Public Schools, Immanuel Communities, Waldinger Corporation, Shaw Contract GroupAIMMomentum Textiles, Maharam, Envirolite Specialty Foam Products, ARC Document Solutions, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Arts Council, and Kiewit. Learn more about our PLAY Sponsors HERE.

PLAY Events

May 29, 6 – 9 p.m.

PLAY Public Opening
May 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Great Minds Series with Stuart Brown, M.D.
June 4, 7 – 9 p.m.

Spielbound presents Family Board Game Night
June 9, 7 – 9 p.m.

Nebraska Loves Public Schools screening and panel
June 25, 7 p.m.

Spielbound presents Social Board Game Night
July 16, 7 – 9 p.m.

Spielbound presents Strategy Board Game Night
July 30, 7 – 9 p.m.

August 6, Time TBD

Spielbound presents Cooperative Board Game Night
August 11, 7 – 9 p.m.


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