Denmark seemed pretty cool to me before, but now it's positively oozing awesomeness. LEGO has it's sights set on making its headquarters in Billund, Denmark the "Capital of Children." A series of impressive projects are being rolled out, including The International School of Billund (opening August of this year). School standards are set by the international baccalaureate and the Danish school system while combining LEGO’s creative and playful approach. Other projects include multiple playgrounds around the city, a historical tour walking trail, and a LEGO experience center where academic learning will combine with play for all ages to enjoy. Even local stores will be able to apply for a "Children Welcome Quality Mark" if they host child-friendly activities, which can range from a bakery who lets children help decorate cakes to a pharmacy with microscopes that children can look through. I am so impressed by the efforts that are being made to plan an entire community around children and even invite them to observe the more adult aspects of daily life.
All images courtesy Capital of Children