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THE POWER OF PLAY - Long live playfulness and curiosity!

Play is natural and necessary for people’s welfare. Through play, we get to
know our world, ourselves, and each other. Play is the seed of our culture
and the foundation of a happy life. 

Leikin voima | Heureka

We learn to play by playing, and we should maintain this skill throughout our lives.

In the Pavilion of Play, we have planted different kinds of play that sprout and thrive from studying the science of play. There are five varieties of play in the Pavilion: 

  • Silliness 
  • Creativity 
  • Adventure and exploration 
  • Daring 
  • Caring 

These make the diversity and variety of play tangible.  

You can explore your own attitude towards play in the Pavilion of Play. What games excite me? At what kind of play do I shine? When we play together, we allow our imagination to create new things and nourish us. Failing is also allowed in the Pavilion of Play – no need to take yourself seriously. 

Enjoy yourselves playing! 


The main message of The Power of Play exhibition is the importance of play and playfulness for all of us, regardless of age: play is the basis for a happy life.


The objective of the exhibition is to increase the understanding of the meaning and nature of play. The exhibition is an ode to childhood, play, playfulness and children’s curiosity.


Play is universal, natural and necessary for a person's comprehensive development and well-being. The aim of The Power of Play exhibition is to increase understanding of the meaning of play and to encourage everyone - both children and adults - to throw themselves into the world of play.

There are over 20 exhibits divided into five areas of play: Silliness, Creativity, Adventure and exploration, Daring and Caring. Each area has its own colour. The coloured lighting supports each theme and creates a unique atmosphere.


The exhibition is suitable for all audiences.

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TECHNICAL FEATURES • Size 600 m2 • Interactive exhibits 24 • Exhibit height 2.8 m • Designed for three to four languages • Available for travelling in early 2025 • Educational material for schools








Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre

Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, is a lively hands-on exhibition and activity centre for people of all ages and among Finland’s most popular leisure time destinations. Heureka opened to the public on April 28, 1989 and attracts nowadays on the average 300 000 visitors a year. Heureka has interactive exhibitions and a planetarium. Everything works in three languages: English, Finnish and Swedish. Heureka is located in the Helsinki metropolitan area, in city of Vantaa, Tikkurila, and it is open around the year. More information: www.heureka.fi

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