Featuring a futuristic biosphere terrain with dirt and a stream, and natural materials to play with indoors. Including delicious coffee and snacks, a cozy reading nook, and an inviting play landscape for crawling babies. At the nucleus of MUDLAND is an art space with changing interactive play installations, designed by artists. MUDLAND is a cross between a design-y café, a nature play area, and an interactive museum for children.
MUDLAND is coming soon to Portland, Oregon.
Katie is a mom and artist based in Portland. Katie has been fascinated with the Adventure Play movement since her own childhood, and is in the process of getting playworker certification. She is part of the group Portland Free Play, hosting pop-up play events.
Katie’s vision for MUDLAND sprang from a desire to meet other parents, hang out, drink coffee or work, while kids could play in the dirt. This mud-play cafe is the natural outcome, a place where kids can play as they wish, and parents can leave the mess for us to clean up! We hope that the area for changing play installations will be a testing ground for new play design.
Christina and Todd are the design minds behind MUDLAND. A stellar couple, these two have the sensibility, skills and passion to make a hairbrained vision come to life!
Christina Frank of MIG, Inc. is a landscape designer, specializing in play design. She will be taking on the design challenge of making play with dirt and water work indoors. Todd is part of the radical building studio Spacecraft and is manning the retro-futuristic buildout of our playspace.
Mar. 16, 2019
VIA 57 West, NYC
Aug. 12, 2018
SEP. 9, 2017
We have a set of PlayPanels, designed by architect Richard Dattner, that are making the rounds at our pop-up play days!
Our Mud Day at the VIA in midtown Manhattan was a huge success. Check out the photos here!
Portland Free Play started an Adventure Play Garden! Find us and help fund the campaign.
We are looking for a permanent site for MUDLAND in Portland. If you have ideas about making it happen, please email email@example.com!