It has been an amazing year for me at Pop-Up Adventure Play. Not only have I managed to travel to two new countries with this little charity, but I have also started embedding play into my own community. I’ve been in the field for over 10 years now but have...
By Zan “…what I find particularly attractive about storytelling is that no one has to teach us how to tell a story. It is a way we make sense of our experiences. It is inclusive and open to all playworkers irrespective of their setting, previous...
By Andy Midway through our tour we received an email from Jade from a local Chinese Immigrant family group based in Richmond, on the outskirts of Vancouver. This confirmed our fourth stop in Vancouver, which would be sandwiched between a first-time community Pop-Up at...
By Morgan At pop-up adventure playgrounds, we get to meet children in public space. Nowadays, that means meeting them within the circle of their parents and caregivers. When we’re supporting play, we sometimes get a peek into a child’s world or the world of their...
By Zan After much organising and some epic geometrical loose parts stuffing into our cars, Pop-Ups Andy and I found ourselves in the middle of a field and under a giant tent. This would be the site of our 3-day pop-up adventure playground at the Geronimo Festival,...
By Beverly Baumgartner Beverly signed up for our resource pack before reaching out to us for help. The idea of a pop-up adventure playground is exciting enough but most organisers are nervous for their first but we are here to support everyone. Beverly reflects here...
By Zan After a glorious fire and den building session in Blackpool, we were invited back again to host a Play Advocacy Day. It was a particularly blue-sky day as we approached the LeftCoast office to talk to about 15 adults from different Blackpool services who all...
By Joelle Whiting We met Joelle in Swan Hill when we were on tour in Australia. It was boiling hot during the days we were in Swan Hill, so we are really pleased that these folk paid attention even in the uncomfortable weather and decided to do a Pop-Up Adventure...
By Sara Mirabito Sara left an urgent message on our guest book a couple of weeks ago when she found out that she was helping to run a Pop-Up Adventure Playground for Hopscotch CD festival. She had never heard of Pop-Ups before and needed a little help. After we talked...
By Morgan Thank you to YOU We’ve been so grateful for the opportunity to do this tour, and to be a part of this movement in support of play. It was hard work, but also in many ways an absolute luxury to dedicate two whole months to meeting other people who are...
These days, when I see a cardboard box, no matter how flattened it is, squashed between fifteen other boxes in a garbage bin covered in dirty snow, I see potential. When we afford children the freedom to do whatever they choose with ordinary open-ended materials, one...
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