Moveable and pop-up play installations can offer communities the ability to think outside-the-box when it comes to how and where play is provided. Both flexible and nimble, these playspaces can move about the city and aren't tied to a specific location. Play can even be put in a box that is transported and deployed around the city. Because of this flexibility, moveable and pop-up play offers the ability to respond to unique opportunities, such as setting up a play installation at a festival or other special event. Moveable and pop-up play reduces the need to pick winners and losers when designing and locating a play installation, so that all kids have access to meaningful and active play.
Moveable and pop-up play installations can be anything from a one-day special event to a semi-permanent play installation in a particular location for a longer period of time. They can be ad hoc, ever-changing and constantly on-the-go, or regularly-scheduled events taking place at designated locations and times.
Many cities have rotating public art programs, which use art installations to activate a location in the urban environment for a limited period of time. Play Everywhere installations can also go on rotation. Moveable and pop-up play ideas include:
Pop-up parks involve the temporary—or permanent—transformation of underutilized spaces into community gathering places. With its origins in the tactical urbanism movement, the concept of a pop-up park has often been applied to the reclamation of auto-oriented places, such as streets, parking lots and spaces that are used by pedestrians. When it comes to Play Everywhere, ;pop-up parks can occur anywhere that space is available and inviting to kids. Ideas for pop-up parks include:
Moveable and pop-up play can also take the form of a "kit of parts"—essentially a "playspace in a box"—to inspire play whenever and wherever a situation demands, with little advance preparation required. When creating a kit of parts, cities can: