Squish Space

Squishy play for children under five

Squish Space Main Image

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. 

Free, drop in*

Possibilities of Bodies, our session designed to support children with SEN/complex needs on Thu 25 Apr can be booked in advance. Check the Life Rewired Hub section for more information. 

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: 

Thursday 16 May
Friday 17 May

Monday 20 May
Tuesday 21 May
Wednesday 22 May
Thursday 23 May
Friday 24 May

Monday 27 May (12pm-4pm - Bank Holiday Hours)
Tuesday 28 May
Wednesday 29 May 
Thursday 30 May
Friday 31 May

Monday 3 June
Thursday 6 June
Friday 7 June

Thursday 13 June
Friday 14 June

Monday 17 June
Tuesday 18 June
Wednesday 19 June
Thursday 20 June
Friday 21 June

Monday 24 June
Tuesday 25 June
Wednesday 26 June
Thursday 27 June 
Friday 28 June
 

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.

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