Outdoor Spaces at YAA

Creativity and Imagination aren't just found within the Museum walls of YAA. Burn off some energy or relax in the shade at any one of our outdoor locations that are open to the general public.

 YAA Playground
YAA playground Located to the left of the main entry hall, the YAA Playground is an kid-centric extension of the Museum Preschool and is open to the public during regular museum hours.
 Museum Atrium
atrium Stop for a snack in the shade or enjoy some downtime in the museum atrium to the right of the main entrance. Visit the cafe inside beforehand or enjoy a book from the library here during regular museum hours.
 I LOVE YOU
I Love You Artists Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt created this outdoor, open-air room; a unique multi-purpose area where children and families can read, create art, picnic and enjoy the library's popular storytelling program. This outdoor studio can be used for landscape drawing, inspired by art, artists and nature. In addition to the 10 ft. tall alphabet letters that spell the phrase "I LOVE YOU," five brightly-colored, flower-shaped benches provide seating to create an area of nature, love and story. The benches are placed in an arc facing the I LOVE YOU sculpture to afford ample seating for storyteller and audience in the 44 ft. diameter circular room, which is defined by a ring of low vegetation separating it from vehicular activity.

The I LOVE YOU installation was selected through Broward County's Public Art & Design Program (PAD), dedicated to enhancing architecture and urban spaces through the ideas and creations of visual artists. To learn more about the Broward County Cultural Division's Public Art & Design Program visit their website.
 Retention Pond
Retention Pond Walk around the perimeter of YAA's retention pond, designed to collect rainwater and contain groundwater as it fluctuates throughout the year. This pond keeps rising waters during the wet season from reaching the museum itself and is part of the same water system as the nearby Everglades.
 Cistern
Cistern On the north side of the museum you can find the museum's cistern, where rainwater collected and held. This water is pumped inside the museum and used in the toilets and sinks to drastically cut down on the museum's water use for a smaller impact on the surrounding enviroment.
 Library Veranda
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