the dream of the purple octopus


Introducing the Purple Octopus Playground

We are THRILLED to announce our newest outdoor play space! The All-Abilities Purple Octopus Playground is coming Spring 2022! 

As Above & Beyond Children's Museum continues to grow, we continue to assess how to bring our play spaces out into the wider community. The Children’s Museum is working to install a fully ADA-accessible public outdoor playground called the Purple Octopus Playground in our outdoor green space. 

We have the opportunity to build something that is as beautiful as it is fun to play on. An outdoor exhibit that children of all backgrounds and abilities will have the opportunity to interact with. 

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The Design

Instead of a standard playground, the Museum is connecting to the other public art pieces around the downtown area to bring something wholly unique to Sheboygan. We found that MONSTRUM, the internationally acclaimed playground company located in Norway, fit with our vision. They have perfected the art of creating playscapes that are artistic in nature, structurally sound, and focused on child development.

We have brought on Jos. Schmitt Construction to work alongside MONSTRUM to prep the site and install the equipment. Once completed, it will be 90 feet in length and 47 feet wide with landscape designed by Bookworm Gardens.

Click here for the full playground design by MONSTRUM.

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The Need

Downtown Sheboygan does not currently have a public outdoor play space that is specifically ADA-accessible. The playground is being designed with ADA-accessible components including a wheelchair transfer platform in the head of the octopus and ground-level accessible equipment and swing set. Parks and playgrounds are located some distance away from the main thoroughfare of the city and have to be accessed via transportation. Installing a playground within the Museum’s green space allows us to reach people of all socio-economic levels and abilities - whether they are just visiting Sheboygan or are growing up here.

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The Support

We need your support to reach our $500,000 goal to make this dream a reality! Please consider a gift that will help us get that much closer to bringing the Purple Octopus to our community. 

Above & Beyond Children's Museum thanks the following individuals, corporations, and foundations for their support in building the Purple Octopus Playground: Jay Christopher, the City of Sheboygan, Melitta S. & Joan M. Pick Charitable Trust, Catharine B. Stayer Foundation, Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation, Terry Kohler Family Foundation, Van Horn Automotive, Kohler Company, Kwik Trip, Harbor Centre (BID), Becca Grace Foundation, Sargento Foods Inc., Kohler Foundation Inc., and the Sheboygan Evening Lions Club. 

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