Squish Space

Soft play for children under five

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Discover, touch, play and learn in our new Squish Space.

A new multi-sensory adventure has arrived at the Barbican. Squish Space offers children a safe environment to experiment with versatile material giving them the freedom to redesign the space.

In this curiosity driven playground for the senses, children and their families will have the chance to connect through construction play.

Please note Squish Space has limited capacity and is busiest between 11am–12pm each day, especially on Friday mornings. Visitors may experience a wait at peak times.

Photography credit; Sharron Wallace

Squish Space is produced by artists India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson in collaboration with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning. 

The creators

Squish Space is produced by India Harvey & Lisa Marie Bengtsson in collaboration with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning. 

India is an artist, playworker and researcher. India’s current work is toward developing a kind of sociology of the senses based on participant’s interaction and intent when working with new and unusual materials.

Lisa is a designer and works across the disciplines and has a distinctive competence in the field of child culture and co-design with children. Lisa own company Form For Fun and her work focuses on interior, form and space for children’s play activities. 

Opening times

Squish Space is open on the following weekdays from 10am–4pm: 

Monday 7 January
Tuesday 8 January
Wednesday 9 January
Thursday 10 January
Friday 11 January

Wednesday 16 January
Thursday 17 January
Friday 18 January

Wednesday 23 January
Friday 25 January

Wednesday 30 January
Thursday 31 January

Please note more dates to be released throughout the year. 

Friday mornings feature Rhymetime from 11.30-12pm, hosted by the Barbican Children’s Library.

Collection: Creative Learning

Working to inspire, influence and create opportunities within the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds across east London, learn more about the work of our Creative Learning programme, in partnership with the Guildhall School

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