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Mudland is an indoor playscape for children, using natural materials, surprising design, and changing play installations.

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 Shook

Mudland Director

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 Frank & Todd Isaacs

Design Team

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.

Events Calendar

16 Mar


A Day of Art, Design and Play for Children

Bison Building

Mar. 16, 2019

12 Aug


Mud Day at the VIA

VIA 57 West, NYC

Aug. 12, 2018

09 Sep


Community Play Day at Harper's Playground

Harper's Playground

SEP. 9, 2017

News & Installations

Featured Installation

Richard Dattner-designed PlayPanels, Built by Todd Isaacs of Spacecraft

We have a set of PlayPanels, designed by architect Richard Dattner, that are making the rounds at our pop-up play days!

Mud Day at the VIA

Our Mud Day at the VIA in midtown Manhattan was a huge success. Check out the photos here!

Portland's First Adventure Playground

Portland Free Play started an Adventure Play Garden! Find us and help fund the campaign.

IDA Grant Recipient!

Katie is an IDA matched savings grant recipient from MercyCorps NW!


We are looking for a permanent site for MUDLAND in Portland. If you have ideas about making it happen, please email info@mudlandplay.com!

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