Play Lab began in 2013 as a series of pop-up play installations in Bellingham, Washington. What began as a few events that first summer blossomed into invitations to partner with community groups, including Make.Shift Art Space, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, the Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham Parks and Recreation, the Bellingham Farmer’s Market, and more.
In 2017, Play Lab was awarded a Tiny Fellowship by 4.0 Schools to design a pilot program, expanding Play Lab programming. An after school enrichment program was piloted at Alderwood Elementary School in winter 2018, followed by programs at Columbia and Sunnyland Elementary Schools in spring 2018. After a summer of organizing ideas and materials, we are making plans for more after school enrichment programs to begin in early 2019.
If you are interested in hosting Play Lab after school programming at your elementary school, or including a Play Lab installation at your community event, please contact us to we can start a conversation.
Allie Bishop Pasquier is the founder + director of Play Lab LLC. She has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education as a teacher of 0-8 year olds and a workshop facilitator.