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Play Is Serious Business at New York's Ultimate Block Party

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Get your play on! Ultimate Block Party attracts 30,000 to New York's Central Park.

Opinion: 'Imagination Playground' Lives Up to Its Name

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If You Build It, They Will Play: Fantasy Playhouses

With a castle in their backyard, the Budge home is a popular spot for play dates. Credit: Lisa Budge
Barbara Butler has been helping parents make their kids' dreams come true for more than two decades, conjuring up castles for little princesses,...

Would You Let Your 8-Year-Old Play at the Park Without You?

Boo boos. Bathrooms. Predators. Those are the three big objections that keep coming up -- though not necessarily in that order -- when I mention that this coming Saturday, May 22, is, "Take Our Children to the Park...And Leave Them There Day."...

Amazing Mom: Amy Barzach

When baby Jonathan died of spinal muscular atrophy, his mom Amy Barzach devoted her life to creating playgrounds for kids with disabilities. Credit: Courtesy of Amy Barzach
Amazing Mom: Amy Barzach, founder of Boundless Playgrounds, a nonprofit...

'Jail' Playground in Brooklyn Public Housing Project Sparks Outrage

A maintenance worker cleans a fresh coat of paint covering the jail-themed playground at the Tompkins Houses in Brooklyn, NY. Credit: Robert Stolarik/The New York Times/Redux
At a city housing project in Brooklyn, N.Y., an orange jungle gym...

Forced Fun? More Schools Hiring 'Recess Coaches'

Schools nationwide are overhauling recess programs and hiring coaches to supervise playtime in an effort to address issues with bullying, behavior problems and childhood obesity, The New York Times reports. Playworks, a California-based...

The Benefits of Playground Exercise for Kids

Fitness training can be broken down into components such as strength, power, muscular endurance, aerobic fitness, balance and flexibility. The traditional approach to training is to complete separate programs that focus on each of these,...

Playground Preparation 101: Dealing with Injuries

It is great that many parents and schools are promoting 60 minutes of vigorous daily activity for our kids. In the ideal situation, our kids will adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating and daily activity. Unfortunately, vigorous...

Hopscotch Voted Best Playground Game Ever

While too many schools today are nixing recess for more hours in the classroom, most of us grownups have oh-so fond memories of those 20 minutes each day on the playground. It was a time to let loose and have some fun, fun, fun. I remember anxiously...

Playground Slide So Dangerous It Has a Security Guard

There are many adults who believe that today's kids are being ruined by a society striving to protect them from every conceivable danger. In the name of safety, schools have banned tag, cartwheels, and butter knives. Parents hover over their children...

Playground News - Girls are Less Active Than Boys

Visiting my daughter's kindergarten class at recess, it's hard to tell exactly who is playing with who. Boys and girls are everywhere, climbing, crawling, and chasing. But according a recent study, by age 10, boys are more likely to be the ones...

Should Recess Be Mandated?

Ellie had two early dismissal days at school last week and came home complaining. She wasn't upset about missing a few hours of school, she was bummed about missing recess. I sympathized, but pointed out to her that some kids don't get recess at all....

Tickle monster banned from park

(Click the photo for the 10 Dumbest Laws in America) I thought I had invented the tickle monster, but apparently there are others out there roaming the streets and parks of America. Well, not so much in parks anymore, after a judge issued an order...

Bullying could be caused by parenting style

A University of Cincinnati research student recent reviewed studies on bullying from several different countries. What she found (and what she reported to the American Sociological Association) is that certain parenting styles may predict bullying...

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