Child Development Institute and Groundwork Hudson Valley to host "Pop-Up Adventure Playground"

On Sunday, June 19, The Child Development Institute (CDI) at Sarah Lawrence College and Groundwork Hudson Valley will host a Father’s Day "Pop-Up Adventure Playground" for children (ages two and up) to create their own play adventures as they manipulate loose play parts, including cardboard boxes, wood, tires, fabric, etc., which will all be provided free of all charge at the site.

The pop-up adventure playground will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Sullivan Oval Park and Playground on Spruce Street next to School 23 in Yonkers. The pop-up adventure playground will be dedicated solely to children’s play with trained play-workers, participants of CDI’s Facilitating Play Program, on site to help inspire and enable unstructured free play.

Barbara Schecter and Margery Franklin of the Sarah Lawrence Child Development Institute remarked: "Opportunities for free play are essential for children to develop initiative, problem-solving strategies, imagination and creative thinking. Pop-up adventure playgrounds offer a stimulating play environment by providing the space and materials for exploration, movement, and innovation. Parents and other adults will learn a great deal about children and their play from standing at the sidelines and observing what goes on."

The Child Development Institute was established in 1987 to develop programs for early childhood and elementary school teachers, administrators, child development professionals, parents and the community. Through the Empowering Teachers Program, The Learning Child Series, conferences, lectures, and occasional papers, the Child Development Institute provides a progressive perspective on child development and education.

Groundwork Hudson Valley is a non-profit organization located in Yonkers, NY whose mission is to foster and awaken the potential of Yonkers neighborhoods by working with the community to improve the physical environment. In doing so, Groundwork hopes to help Yonkers neighborhoods gain a renewed sense of place, opportunity, and pride.

For additional information regarding the playground, please contact Anais Murphy at (914) 395-2630.