Opening May 4th, 2019!

Welcome to play:groundNYC 2018 on Governors Island. We are so excited to offer youth throughout NYC and beyond, another season of play. In order to have the best time possible we want to prepare you with a few tips.

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What to expect:

play:groundNYC invites you to play at The Yard, New York's only adventure playground!

The Yard is open every weekend from May 5 through October 28, 2018, from 12pm to 4pm and boasts 50,000 square feet of space in which we supply young people with materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided are nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more.

We are open RAIN or SHINE!

Expect your child to get messy!

The Yard is for kids only, with a recommended age of 6 and up. Parents can enjoy a grassy area with some shade to enjoy some time relaxing.

While we do not allow parents into the older kids area, children are free to come and go. It is up to each family to decide if the parents stay waiting outside the playground or choose to go enjoy other parts of the island for a while. There are play:groundNYC playworkers in The Yard at all times.

We also have a Family Play area, open to all ages, adjacent to The Yard, where adult supervision is required. Note that the ages for both The Yard (6 and older) and Family Play area (5 and under) are recommended.

What to bring:

Waivers: Each participant for both junkyard play and family play will need a waiver filled out by a guardian. If possible, it is recommended that you print and complete this waiver prior to arrival and bring it with you to the site. Please note, that each child will need a separate waiver. You can find that waiver here. We also have waivers at the entrance of play:groundNYC where one of our staff or volunteers is able to answer any questions you may have. Each and every time you come to play:groundNYC a waiver is required. Incomplete waivers cannot be accepted. If you plan on coming multiple times, and we hope you do, you can acquire a season pass card. For this pass you will only need to sign a waiver once for the entire season. More information to come on how to obtain a Season Pass cards.

Shoes: Closed toe shoes are required to enter our junkyard play area. In order to reduce risk of injury, rubber shoes (i.e. Crocs) and sandals are NOT permitted. If you have any questions regarding appropriate footwear please email us here. Please note that we will use our best judgement onsite and do have limited loaner shoes.

Sun Protection: Hats, water and sunblock are encouraged.


From the Brooklyn Ferry turn right along the water. Take the second left turn and you will see play:ground on your right.

From the Manhattan Ferry walk up, turn left at the T junction. Once you pass the entrance to the Fort, turn right onto a path between houses and trees (Colonel’s Row). Walk straight until you reach play:ground.

Feel free to also explore the island, go on an adventure and find your own way to play:ground.

You can find the ferry schedules here.

From Manhattan Ferry Terminal

From Brooklyn Ferry Terminal

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12pm-4pm, May 5th - October 28th

Cost: Free! 

We want all kids to be able to play!

If you are able, there is a donation box at the entrance (suggested donation of $5-$15). You may also donate here . Your donations are what keeps us up and running. We appreciate whatever you can provide. More information about how we got here and how we can stay coming soon!

Large groups:

Large groups, such as birthday parties and organized visits need to be prearranged with play:groundNYC. If you would like to visit playground with a group of more than four children please visit our Events & Services page for information on scheduling a private party or session. We cannot accommodate visits from other summer day camps, sorry.

play:groundNYC reserves the right to ask children to leave if their behavior puts others in danger of physical or emotional harm.