In the days of yesteryear, parents used to tell their kids, "Go outside and play." And when kids went outside, a miraculous thing happened -- they found other kids to play with.
Sadly, fewer and fewer parents now utter those magical four words, and those kids who are sent outdoors have a hard time finding playmates. Where is everyone? Well, probably at sports practice or on the couch glued to the TV.
The unfortunate truth is that recreating a culture of communal outdoor play is going to require some legwork for modern parents. The good news is that it can be done, whether you're a stay-at-home parent or have a full-time job. In his latest Huffington Post piece, our CEO Darell Hammond shares six creative, community-oriented ideas for a summer filled with unstructured outdoor play. This isn't just about getting your kids outside, but your entire neighborhood!
- Join the Park-A-Day Summer Challenge
- Close a street for play
- Create a pop-up playground
- Run a neighborhood summer camp
- Turn your front yard into a neighborhood hang-out spot
- Facilitate nature play
Read the full post here.