UPDATE: Since this post, Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds has developed into an on-going, non-profit project – called Pop-Up Adventure Play! We are organizing events in Boston, New York City and Rochester, NY, and are supporting independent Pop-Up Adventure Playground organizers in New Haven, Anchorage, Brooklyn – and Costa Rica!
For more information, to support or donate: www.popupadventureplay.org.
We’ve been calling these ‘Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds’, because they draw on the long and glorious tradition of Adventure Playgrounds – places where children can build, demolish, paint, imagine and play as they please. The role of playworking adults is to support the children and to protect the space from adult-led agendas.
Pop-Ups demonstrate that the spirit of these places can be conjured up in all kinds of locations, with the cheapest of scrounged materials, and develop magical spirits all their own. All that is required is the ‘stuff’ (loose materials that can be easily manipulated through play) and ‘staff’ (trained and supportive adults who respect play on its own terms).
It was thrilling, as always, to see how the children took ownership of the materials and constructed, dismantled and constructed anew inventive and brilliant places for play.
Our little section got written up here, by Cheretta Stewart, a blogger who is a tremendous advocate of children’s play, and an all-around pleasure to meet. She’s got some more pictures up there – particularly of the long tunnel her kids built.