Ancient Playground

Inspired by the Egyptian collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ancient Playground features climbing pyramids, an obelisk, and a sundial—plus a sandbox, swings, and water features.

Located just north of the museum on the east side of the Park, it’s an engaging play spot for children of all ages.

Ancient Playground was one of the adventure-style playgrounds built in the 1960s and ’70s. An alternative to the often uniform playgrounds with standard equipment built in New York City at the time, adventure-style playgrounds were especially made to encourage kids to explore, think creatively, and use their imaginations.

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Each year, more than 3 million children visit Central Park’s 21 playgrounds. The Playground Partners raises funds that go toward the preservation, care, and daily inspection of these cherished play spaces.

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