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transforming our city through play


The Yard is free and open to the public on WEEKENDS ONLY

May through October from 12pm to 4pm

Our last day on Governors Island is October 27, so make plans now to visit.

The Yard is available for private events, small group sessions and field trips, Monday through Friday in September and October. Find more information under WAYS TO PLAY.


October 14 Mini-Camp!

Are you missing summer camp at The Yard? Is weekend free play not quite enough? For the first time we are launching a ONE DAY MINI-CAMP on October 14 at The Yard! Enjoy a last fall adventure and come play at our amazing playground for the day.

Please note: Camp runs from 9am-3pm. We need at least 6 campers registered to run the camp. Families will be reimbursed if we do not reach the minimum registrations required. We will NOT be offering after care for mini-camp.


Fall 2019 Adventure Play!

play:groundNYC is excited to offer our fall season 3-hour Adventure Play Club! On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm, at The Yard on Governors Island, your child will spend their afternoons in the pursuit of their own self directed play. Your child will have the opportunity to play, create, build and explore with the support of our wonderful playworkers. Our club is small, so reserve your spot while you can!


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.


summer camp at play:groundNYC


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.