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Children at Play Initiative Free Play Days

WHAT IS FREE PLAY?

Free play is a type of play that allows the person playing to have creative control over their play environment. It’sunstructured, undirected and child driven.

WHY IS FREE PLAY IMPORTANT?

It’s critical to healthy child development. During free play, children’s brains develop neurological networks in a different way than in directed play. Free play supports decision making, practice with risk, social rule making, collaboration, and creativity. Ultimately, it allows children to engage fully in passions they wish to explore.

WHAT IS A FREE PLAY DAY?

Free Play Days are scheduled opportunities for a group of children to show up in the same place at the same time to engage in free play.

UPCOMING FREE PLAY DAYS IN THE REGION –

Free and open to the public.  A parent or guardian must attend with children.  This is not a drop-off program.  Bring a picnic lunch and stay the entire time.

Saturday, March 14th from 11:00-3:00
Keystone Learning Academy – 1705 South 13th Street, Louisville KY

Saturday, April 4th from 10:00-2:00
The Louisville Zoo – 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville KY
Note: This play day is free for zoo members and at regular admission rates for all others.

Saturday, April 11th from 11:00-3:00
Chestnut Street YMCA – 930 West Chestnut Street, Louisville KY

Saturday, May 9th from 11:00-3:00
Portland Plays at Shippingport Community Garden – 2500 Montgomery Street, Louisville KY

Saturday, May 16th from 9:00-4:00
Bernheim Edible Garden during BloomFest – Bernheim Forest

Saturday, June 13th from 11:00-4:00
Bernheim Children’s Play Garden – Bernheim Forest

Saturday, July 11th from 11:00-3:00
Location to be announced. Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 1st from 11:00-2:00
Portland Plays at Shippingport Community Garden – 2500 Montgomery Street, Louisville KY

Saturday, August 8th from 11:00-3:00
Jefferson Memorial Forest at Horine Reservation – 12304 Holsclaw Hill Rd., Louisville KY

Saturday, September 12th from 11:00-3:00
Louisville Collegiate School outdoor play area – 2427 Glenmary Ave., Louisville KY

Saturday, October 10th from 11:00-3:00
Highland Presbyterian Nursery and Weekday School, 2114 Highland Avenue, Louisville KY

Saturday, November 14th from 11:00-3:00
Location to be announced. Stay tuned.

Saturday, December 12th from 11:00-3:00
Bernheim Children’s Play Garden – Bernheim Forest

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Self-directed play in nature is essential to the health and happiness of children of all ages.

Vision Statement: The Children at Play Initiative explores the value of free play in nature in order to increase our collective capacity to understand, promote, design and champion best practices in inclusive outdoor play environments that connect children directly with nature for life.