Pop Up Adventure Play for kids in Ballard on Feb 16th

Hi, I thought you might enjoy knowing about this amazing event! Please pass along to friends with kids you know in Ballard who might be interested! Coming to West Seattle March 16th!

Coming to Ballard, Saturday, Feb 16th, 2-4pm Free to Families

Crown Hill Park, Small Faces Child Development Center Gym
9250 14th Avenue NW, Seattle

We provide cardboard, paper, and other re-purposed materials along with tape and scissors, all you need to bring is your imagination!

WATCH THIS VIDEO to see a Pop-Up Adventure Playground in action. A Pop-Up Adventure Playground or “Pop-Up” is a free, public celebration of child-directed play, best characterized by an abundance of loose parts (eg, cardboard boxes, fabric, tape, string, etc.) and staff who have been trained in community-based playwork by Team Pop-Up Adventure Play.

Through the Pop-Up Adventure Playground model:

• Children enjoy hours of play in a public or private setting while parents and caregivers can join in or sit back and relax.

• We reclaim private and public spaces, transforming everyday landscapes into vibrant places to play with ordinary, repurposed materials such as cardboard boxes, string, yarn and tape (also known as loose parts).

• We educate and empower parents (and other adults such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends), child professionals, and organizations about the importance of child-directed play and how we all can participate.

“At Pop-Up Adventure Play, we take expert advice about the importance of child-directed play – play that evolves when children choose what to play and make up their own rules for how to play – and translate it in ways that are easily ‘gettable’. We help make play easy and fun… as it should be.” – Anna Housley Juster, an early childhood consultant with popupadventureplay.org

Meet the Seattle Pop-up-play:

“Imagine a time when our children have access to child-directed play in our Seattle-area communities with the help of supportive adults. Children of all ages and abilities can have opportunities to recognize, explore, and express their natural play instincts… on their own terms at Pop-Up Adventure Play.

Recess, free play, neighborhood play, and outdoor play are often considered non-essentials as we go about our over-scheduled lives. Wouldn’t it be great to invite our children to create while acknowledging the importance of play in our lives?”

About Play=Peace™ and Pop-Up Adventure Play

Mary Alice Long, PhD is the creator of Play=Peace. She is a Seattle-area, play-based Jungian therapist, writer, and speaker who believes that everything in our lives can be playful. Play=Peace offers individual and group services and is now working in partnership with Pop-Up Adventure Play UK as part of their global network.

A team of Seattle-area community members has been play-storming with Mary Alice and working towards the big day—Feb 16th—the opening Pop-Up Adventure Play event at Crown Hill Park.



By Karah Pino

A versatile communicator, critical thinker and far sighted problem solver. Trained in creative thinking with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art including Metalwork, Multimedia Sculpture and Digital Design. Earned a clinical Master’s degree in East Asian Medical Practices and Principles such as holistic creativity and nature based systems. Trained in shamanism, trauma recovery, naturopathy and indigenous wisdom through Navajo Wisdom Keeper Patricia Anne Davis, learning the Indigenous Ceremonial Change Process for wellness restoration and harmonious living.

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