Bubble Seesaw

This piece combines two things that no child can resist: seesaws and bubbles. The Bubble Seesaw features a water tank with bubbles that increase as the seesaw moves up and down. Children will love watching bubbles ripple through the tank as they enjoy the ride on this unique seesaw. This imaginative twist on a playground staple incorporates a simple cause-and-effect activity that young children really enjoy.

Description:

The Bubble Seesaw consists of a round wooden platform, seesaw with metal handlebars and acrylic water tank with wood frame. The piece is sized for small children.

Cost:

Single Bubble Seesaw: $17,500
Double Bubble Seesaw: $30,000

Build-It

Build-It is a custom made building system that lets children create unique structures using real materials and tools. All pieces are drilled with a standard-size hole pattern, making all of the pieces interchangeable. The regular system paired with a unusual variety of building materials allow for endless creativity. No two structures will ever be the same. This imaginative twist on a staple incorporates fine-motor skills with opportunities for creativity and cooperative learning.

Description:

The system consists of three main elements – metal and plastic structural channels, cladding panels of various materials, and zinc nuts and bolts. A custom built storage unit is included. A mobile storage unit for use in classrooms or other non-exhibit setting is also available. The exhibit is sized to 150 - 200 sq. feet and targets Social-Emotional Learning and Early Childhood.

Cost:

One Kit and Storage Unit: $18,500
One Kit and Mobile Storage Unit: $22,500

Car Track

Send cars down a ramped road on a custom raceway you build using interchangeable track pieces. Children can design their own track on the Car Track and watch their cars go up hills, bend with the road, and race straight ahead.

Description:

The exhibit includes 30 Car Track pieces and is fabricated with solid Baltic Birch Plywood with a clear coat finish, PVC and miscellaneous hardware. A variety of commercially available toy cars are compatible for use with the tracks.

Cost:
          Single Track: $13,000
          Double Track: $18,500

Clay Table

Visitors can take a seat around the round Clay Table and get their hands messy with clay.  By experimenting with their hands and different tools, visitors can manipulate the clay into different shapes and designs.  The round table allows visitors to decide if they would like to work independently or collaboratively with other visitors.

Description: 

The exhibit component consists of a custom designed circular wooden structure with an acrylic surface on the top of the table.  This surface is easy to clean and suitable for building with clay.   The center of the table is fitted with a heavy rubber storage bin, which can be used to hold extra clay tools, or for reclaiming used clay.  A set of wooden stools and tools is included. 

Cost:

Basic Round Table: $4,750
All-Purpose Round Table: $6,750                                                                                                                                                  

 

Custom Display Box

Custom Display Box was developed to provide opportunities for display of artifacts and other delicate items in a hands-on environment. Designed as a large shadow box, the top is thick enough to protect the contained items, but completely transparent to allow for in-depth exploration with a variety of magnifying glasses. Custom sizes and leg styles are available.

Cost:

          Contact us for pricing. 

Custom Tables & Benches

The demands of a hands-on environment requires unique and custom solutions. A collection of custom tables and benches was developed to meet the various programmatic needs. Custom table and custom bench systems are sets of furniture that functions both as flexible table space/seating as well as space dividers. 

Description: 

Fitted with robust casters, the pieces can be used as low partitions to define areas or as additional seating. All pieces are made-to-order and include multiple choices of table top materials, colors and leg styles. Various color, size and materials options are available.

Cost:

           Contact us for pricing. 

Die Cutter

The Die Cutter is a machine used to cut the same shape over and over. A piece of material is fed under the die, which cuts the same shape every time. Pressure is distributed equally over the die allowing visitors to cut a pattern that can then be assembled and taken home.

Description:

The Exhibit includes one die cut cart, one Accucut GrandMark die cut machine, and three custom dies. The cart measures approximately 28” x 36” and is fabricated with hardwood plywood and miscellaneous hardware. The cart will be mobile with lockable caster and built in storage. The die cut machine is a separate piece that sits on top of the cart. 

Cost:

Die Cut Table: $5,250
Die Cut Mobile Cart: $4,250
Set of 3 Custom Dies: $1,000

Gravity Room

The Gravity Room and most of the items in it are tilted at a 25° angle to the floor, creating an amazing optical illusion. The brain receives conflicting messages - ­it can’t decide if it is the body or the items in the room that are not standing straight. A ball appears as if it rolls up hill. The Gravity Room will teach visitors that they can’t always rely upon their senses to discern what is real and what is merely an illusion.      

Cost:

          Component drawings only for sale. Contact us for pricing.

Light Peg Walls

Light Peg Walls allow you to insert a clear rod into a light box to create a magical glowing effect. Create patterns, explore shapes and play with color. A light table provides another interactive surface, as well as additional storage for the pegs. This component provides children with the opportunity to use fine motor skills, to make choices and to sort items.

Description:

Inserting transparent colored rods into the light box creates a magical glowing effect. Each light wall unit measures 39.5” x 39.5” x 7.5”. A custom lock box will be created to sit below the walls for use by staff to store pegs. The exhibit components are fabricated with hardwood plywood, acrylic and polycarbonate polymer (Lexan). The individual units include LED lights and small fans to keep the interior cooled. The exhibit requires 110VAC. Optional graphic design is available for signs. Each unit is provided with 100 “pegs” of assorted colors. A light table provides another interactive surface, as well as additional storage for the pegs.

Cost:

One Light Peg Wall: $6,750
One Light Peg Table: $8,750
Set of 3 Light Peg Walls: $18,000

 Light Table

Light Tables are customizable drawing tables that let you practice tracing and drawing your favorite characters. See how simple shapes come together to create expressive characters or create your own characters! This activity is suitable for blossoming artists of all ages and abilities.

Description:

The Light Tables are 42Lx36Dx28H” and are fabricated from Baltic Birch Plywood and include a customizable acrylic surface over an LED light board and storage space for paper and pencils.

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Limb Bender

The Limb Bender is a one-and-a-half story enclosed climbing structure that allows children to safely reach heights they never thought possible. The long, wide maze of platforms makes it easy for most children to navigate through this unique climber. Parents can watch from below as their children crawl high above their heads in this life-size ant farm.

Description:

The Limb Bender as designed is seven levels comprised of 30 aluminum framed decks with rubber surfacing for children to climb on and over. A wooden frame supports the decks. Children enter and exit from either end at the lower level only. The interior is encased with stainless steel mesh on one side and acrylic panels on the other. The Limb Bender design is flexible in all dimensions and materials.

Cost:

The Limb Bender is a custom designed piece that can be tailored to just about any size or location. The unit can take on many different configurations as well as utilize different materials. Contact us for customized pricing. 

Look Out

The Look Out is an outdoor structure that provides the perfect atmosphere for imaginative play. Children can climb the stairs to their very own fortress and use the periscope to look out on the surrounding landscape. They can raise and lower a flag on the flagpole or use a crank to open and close the roof. The lighting on the Lookout is powered by solar panels.

Cost:

           Component drawings only for sale. Contact us for pricing.

        

Maker Storage Cabinet

The Maker Storage Cabinet is a completely contained, movable storage unit filled with the basic tools to create a maker space in flexible, temporary or classroom-style spaces. The Cabinet includes materials and tools needed to facilitate a variety of scalable activities, including hardware (nails, screws, pins, etc.), basic hand tools (hammer, soldering iron, saw, etc.), and other making supplies (fabric, colored masking tape, L.E.D. lights, etc.).

Description:

The custom built storage unit consists of drawers, adjustable shelves and peg wall, providing multiple, flexible storage options. The cabinet has six lockable casters to facilitate easy set-up. The storage unit is available as a tall storage unit or a counter-height unit. The counter height unit can be fitted with a removable table top. All options can be customized to fit specific use and space requirements of the end-user. It is fabricated with hardwood plywood and miscellaneous hardware. Each unit is provided with assorted tools and materials to support educational programming. The storage unit is equipped with eight lockable casters.

Cost:

Mobile Counter-Height Cabinet $6,000
Counter-Height Cabinet & Table Top $7,000
Tall Cabinet $9,500

More Light

Artist Dick Esterle created the bright, pink and red “More Light” piece using pink and orange flagging tape and a simple mathematical pattern. The lyrical strips hang from a series of chains made entirely of paper clips. This beautiful installation piece creates visual appeal complementary to your space.

Description:

840 pink and orange streamers of surveyor's flagging tape, each 29' long, are suspended in a 28'x28'x28' configuration. The streamers are attached to 9,800 paper clips.

Cost:

Installation + Artist Travel: $25,000

*Piece is site specific and price may range based on location.

Praxinoscope

See your favorite images come to life in this early form of animation! Just spin the table top and look in the mirrors: the rapid succession of images creates the illusion of motion. Switch out the custom made dance cards to bring other characters to life or mix and match.

Description:

The Praxinoscope is 24” Diameter x 28”H and is fabricated from Baltic Birch Plywood and includes acrylic mirrors, customizable illustrated cards and storage.

Reach

Reach is a large-scale interactive mural and musical instrument created for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh by artist Scott Garner in 2013. There are no visible electronics, but when users touch both the moon and a star (either alone or by holding hands with others) a tone is played. Reach consists of three large panels with surfaces and internal supports cut from Baltic birch plywood. It was created this way so that there would be no visible fasteners or need for puttying screw holes.

Cost:

3-Panel Piece: $30,000

Round-O-Rama

Round-O-Rama is an interactive sculpture that uses simple materials to make an organic structure based on the basic principles of geometry. Starting with a circle and a straight line, visitors of all ages and abilities can add to the forms with colorful tapes or it can be unadorned, highlighting the beautiful forms. Each installation is unique and custom designed for your space and intended use.

Cost:

Installation: starting at $5,000 plus artist travel

Sand Light Table

At the Sand Light Table, visitors can sculpt and comb colored sand with hand tools atop colorful lighted tables. The low to the ground table is a great height for smaller visitors who can easily reach and manipulate the sand.

Cost:

1/2 Round Table: $11,500
Long Bench: $11,500
Set of 3: $30,000

Sensory Exploration Table

Sensory Exploration Table allows you to manipulate colorful granulated material across an internally lit sculpted landscape - covering and uncovering the surface of the table. Discover texture while playing with materials in this contained table. This activity is perfect for early childhood learners!

Cost: 

          Contact us for pricing.

Silhouettes

Trace a friend’s profile, also known as a silhouette, onto a sheet of paper. Or sit still as you have your silhouette drawn. Tracing requires concentration and careful attention to the person sitting for the portrait. Once drawn, silhouettes can be displayed and compared – allowing participants to note the similarities and differences in each other. A unique set up of light boxes make the process accessible to all ages and abilities.

Description:

The component consists of a LED light box, a camera and drawing station, all connected with a floor platform that puts everyone in the right position to create a clear profile in shadow. A custom gallery wall is fitted with clips to allow visitors to include their portraits in the display. The graphic of illustrated frames is one available option. Other customizations and optional graphic design for signs are available upon request. The exhibit requires 110VAC. The complete unit is 75”W x 94”L and is ADA accessible. The component is designed to be operated by remote control to facilitate daily operations.

Cost:

Contact us for pricing. 

Silkscreen Counter

This popular item includes the customized counter equipped with two printing beds, four blank screens, start-up supplies, and an instruction signage package. The Silkscreen Counter includes plenty of under counter storage for supplies. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has been silk screening for over 10 years and it continues to be one of the most engaging exhibits.

Description:

This interactive consists of a custom built counter equipped with printing bed(s), four blank screens, start-up supplies, and an instruction signage package. The counter measures approximately 56”L x 24”W x 26”H, and is fabricated with hardwood plywood and miscellaneous hardware. Access to running water is required. The activity is designed for a 150- 200 square foot space.

Cost:

Single Counter: $8,500
Double Counter: $16,000

Slushy Table

Play and sculpt with cubed and shaved ice using tools at this custom Slushy Table designed to keep the cold slush chilled for longer
play time. The round top is segmented so you can make your own individual sculpture while still sharing the experience with others.

Description:

The SlushY Table provides an innovative interactive experience for children of all ages.  The piece is relatively maintenance free.  Museum staff uses an ice maker and ice flaker located in the exhibit space to supply the table.

Cost:

One Table: $17,250

Stacking Stones

Stacking Stones are handcrafted building blocks that are comprised of angular cuts on the surface, making them a challenge to stack. Through trial and error, visitors can attempt to build various structures of their design.

Description:

This exhibit component consists of 25 pieces in a wooden storage crate. Stones are approximately 2" x 3" x 2" in size and can be color dyed upon request.

Cost:

Set of 25 Stones: $300

*Call for special pricing for multiple sets.

Train Tables

Build confidence and imagination through pretend play at the Train Tables. The curvy tables foster fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and opportunities for social interaction. These tables have built in storage shelves for easy clean-up. Each top will be fitted with a curb to contain loose tracks and trains. Bamboo plywood tops and bases will be used to coordinate with existing
fixtures. Colored laminated tops are available. Finishes will be coordinated with owner.

Description:

The exhibit component consists of a custom designed birch plywood tables, fitted with permanently affixed wooden train tracks.  The table top material and color can be customized to compliment specific exhibition specifications. The table base serves as small parts storage.  A list of suggested accessories is provided with the owners’ manual.

Cost:

One Train Table: $4,500
Set of Three Units: $12,000

Weaving Wall

Explore texture, color and pattern at this highly tactile Weaving Wall. This component uses a flexible metal and wood frame as a scaffold for both simple or complex designs. People of all ages and abilities can experiment with various techniques and materials to create a constantly evolving moment of collaborative art making.

Cost:

6 ft. x 3 ft. Weaving Wall: $7,500

Whirlwind Room

Visitors step into this custom-made, circular Whirlwind Room to feel the force of moving air in a whirlwind motion. By testing various materials, visitors see what happens when objects are tossed into a steam of fast moving air. This exhibit provides children the opportunity to build curiosity about science-related topics through experimentation and play.

Description:

The Whirlwind Room Exhibit is an 8’-0” diameter circular chamber with two blowers attached on opposite sides, creating a wind vortex inside. The room is fabricated with plywood framing and acrylic walls. The blowers are encased in matching plywood boxes that sit on the floor outside of the chamber. There are two portals that allow for user entry and egress.

Cost:

Drawings Only: $3,000

Teeter Totter

Sit on the Teeter Totter (XOXO Seesaw) and work together to balance a ball encased in a long, clear tube. Balance is achieved when the ball is centralized. This unique interpretation of a classic playground experience requires teamwork, communication and cooperation as both participants must work in tandem to succeed.

Description:

The unit measures approximately 92” x 17” x 9.5”. The exhibit is fabricated with solid maple wood with a clear coat and colored stain, acrylic tube, two-color ball encased inside the tube, rubber membrane and miscellaneous hardware. The unit includes adjustable leveling feet. CMP recommends locating the exhibit on a rubber mat or carpeted surface to reduce movement during use.

Cost:

Teeter Totter: $8,000
Set of Two (Big and Small): $15,000

8-Panel Play Station

This 8-Panel Play Station exhibit features a set of 8 panel activity walls fitted with a variety of tactile and imaginative play experiences fill out this component. Panels include a Lego wall, mirrored costume center, tactile exploration magnet boards, felt walls, and a imagination work station. Props of various themes can be cycled through to provide endless opportunities for present play.

Cost:

8-Panel Play Station: $6,000

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