PLEASE NOTE: THE CREATIVITY CAROUSEL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
FOR A PLANNED RESTORATION THROUGH APRIL, 2014.
After over a century of service, our beloved carousel is temporarily closed for restoration.
The historic carousel, hand-carved by craftsman Charles Looff in 1906 will be undergoing scheduled improvements now through April, 2014.
This multi-month restoration requires a meticulous disassembling and rebuilding of the carousel, as well as creating new parts to replace the 100-year-old originals that are not available in stores. A team that specializes in carousel restoration will be replacing major structural elements, as well as restoring its menagerie of 65 animals over the next several months.
We will reopen the carousel in April, 2014 so it can be enjoyed by all for another 100 years!
A Historic Treasure
The Children’s Creativity Carousel was built in 1906 by Charles Looff. For over 50 years it was a main attraction at the famed San Francisco amusement park, Playland-at-the-Beach. The Carousel was restored and installed in Yerba Buena Gardens at the Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum) in 1998.
History of the Children’s Creativity Carousel
- 1906 Constructed in Rhode Island by renowned designer and craftsman Charles I.D. Looff. The carousel was intended to be installed in San Francisco, however it could not be due to the great 1906 earthquake and fire.
- 1907 Installed at Luna Park, Seattle
- 1913 Moved to San Francisco’s oceanside amusement park, Playland-at-the-Beach
- 1972 Playland-at-the-Beach closes. Carousel purchased by private collector and put into storage in New Mexico
- 1983 Moved to Shoreline Village, Long Beach, CA
- 1998 Purchased by the City of San Francisco, fully restored, and opened in its current location at Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum) in Yerba Buena Gardens