play:groundNYC

play:groundNYC

built for children, by children

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Best of Manhattan!!

Oh wow! We are thrilled to be the recipient of the Best of NYC 2018 award for best of Manhattan!

We are open through October 28th

The Yard will remain open on weekends through October 28 from 12-4pm, but at reduced capacity, due to budget constraints. We don't want to turn anyone away, so do plan to come out and play and please make a donation so we can be open at full capacity next season. Remember - your contribution makes a huge difference!

 

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SMALL GROUP PLAY SESSIONS

Ever wanted more time at The Yard without all the crowds? Keen to play on site with just a few friends? This season we're excited to be piloting NEW private/small group adventure play sessions at our amazing play lot with Head Playworker and play enthusiast Yoni Kallai. Geared towards young people age 2-18 who can’t get enough of The Yard, sessions last between 45 minutes and 1 hour and 45 minutes and take place during weekdays in June, September and October, depending on availability.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Playwork and playworkers are the heart of our play experience. They create a space for inquisitiveness, independence and creativity. Their skill set is formed through understanding the theories underpinning playwork and through experience on site at The Yard. Self directed play with loose parts and the playwork perspective can enhance any youth oriented environment. Bring your team out for professional development training to learn from our playworkers and have a chance to experience The Yard first hand.

WHO WE ARE

play:groundNYC is a non-profit organization advocating for young people’s rights by providing playworker-run environments that encourage risk-taking, experimentation and freedom through self directed play.

 

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WAYS TO PLAY

We operate a 50,000 square foot adventure playground on Governors Island, and work with communities to establish their own neighborhood playgrounds and play initiatives.