teamLab Future Park Ibaraki
Photo: 'Sketch Aquarium' teamLab, 2013-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

teamLab has a new interactive art park for kids in Ibaraki – adults are welcome, too

Opening March 11, the teamLab Future Park in Yuki is designed to encourage learning through creative exploration

Emma Steen
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Ibaraki is getting another teamLab exhibit this spring – and it’s going to look a bit different from the one in Kairakuen Garden. The new facility, called teamLab Future Park, is geared towards a younger crowd and aims to educate by encouraging creative exploration. The facility will open at the Yuki Information and Communication Center on March 11 and will be available through April 10

if you've been to teamLab Borderless, you'll be familiar with the museum's kid-friendly Future Park area. But even regular Borderless visitors are in for a treat at the new Ibaraki installation, also named Future Park. It's separated into four sections: ‘Sketch Aquarium’, ‘Hopscotch for Geniuses’, ‘Light Ball Orchestra’ and ‘A Table Where Little People Live’. Each play area provides opportunities for children to collaborate, get active and create their own works using interactive digital art displays. 

teamLab Future Park Ibaraki
Photo: 'Sketch Aquarium' teamLab, 2013-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

At the Sketch Aquarium, which is similar to the kids’ exhibit at teamLab Borderless, young artists can illustrate their very own sea creature and have it scanned on a machine so that they can watch their drawing come to life and swim across the aquarium projected on the wall. 

The hopscotch area resembles a playground where children can hop onto different shapes projected on the floor. Hopping on different shapes will produce birds, fish and butterflies that will appear on the immersive artwork, depending on the sequence of shapes that kids jump on. 

teamLab Future Park Ibaraki
Photo: 'Light Ball Orchestra' teamLab, 2013–, Interactive Installation, Sound: teamLab

Over at the Light Ball Orchestra, kids can interact with giant balls of light that emit different sounds when tapped or bounced. The more people that enter the space, the more elaborate the symphony becomes. 

teamLab Future Park Ibaraki
Photo: 'A Table where Little People Live' teamLab, 2013-, Interactive Digital Installation

Finally, there’s the interactive play table (also featured at teamLab Borderless) where you can watch tiny shapes and characters dance across the flat surface. When physical objects are placed on the table, the projections interact with them in different ways, all according to Newton’s laws of motion. 

Admission costs ¥1,200 for adults, ¥1,000 for high school students, ¥800 for junior high school students and ¥500 for elementary school children or younger. Tickets are on available now and can be purchased online via Ticket Pia

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