It’s a fact that play in nature is essential for children’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. We are passionately advocating for nature play in urban areas, while incorporating our innovative sensory arts programming, designed to nurture each child’s growth. This is what prompted us to create an outdoor classroom and Nature Playground, the centerpiece of community building at our Bucktown location.
Why a nature playground?
A nature playground is different from a traditional playground in that it uses natural and open ended materials to facilitate and inspire play.
- Natural play helps children connect to and engage with the natural world
- Naturalized learning and play environments help children develop intellectual, emotional, social and cognitive skills (a playground for Whole Child Development)
- Opportunities for immersive natural play are shown to increase creativity, problem solving, and reduce stress.
- This playground will also facilitate social interaction and problem solving in that it will provide not just a structure for students to play on, but many open-ended, natural materials for students to play with, reshaping and recreating the playground as they interact with it.
Community Playtime Hours
No reservations needed, just come on over to play!
Face coverings required for adults and children ages 2 and up.
Please note that the building will not be staffed or accessible during community playtime, so please plan accordingly for potty trips!
Playtime is available:
Monday – Thursday: 5 PM – 7 PM
Friday: 4 PM – 7 PM
Sunday: 3:30 – 7 PM
Special hours: Available all weekend Saturday/Sunday/Monday 5/29-5/31
Playtime is NOT available on the following dates:
6/13 unavailable from 3-5
Hours subject to change.
Private Birthday Parties
Returning Spring 2021! Check out our birthday page for more info on private birthday parties on the playground.