Pirate Themed Play Space in Lake County, Indiana
Fifteen years ago, Lake County Parks started down a path to find new ways to serve Indiana's youngest residents. Northwest Indiana needed a facility designed with kids ages nine and under in mind-it needed to be accessible year-round, it needed to be safe and appropriate for kids of all abilities, and it needed to encapsulate the joy, curiosity, and wonder of a park. After five years of planning and construction by Landscape Architecture firm Hitchcock Design Group, Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center opened its doors in September of 2009. This one-of-a-kind facility allows kids to explore at their own pace through nearly a dozen different playrooms designed just for them. Daily programs invite kids to learn about cooking, art, reading, and cooperation (all disguised as play, of course), and for 10 years, hundreds of thousands of families have come to Bellaboo's to move, stretch, and discover.