Over the last few years, you’ve seen us grow. You’ve read about the projects we’ve done (here, here and here) and seen guest posts highlighting the work of independent pop-up adventure playground organizers around the world. Perhaps you’ve been moved to create your own pop-up adventure playground. It’s been a busy, thrilling time, and it seems clear now that the momentum for this new adventure play movement is growing daily. This momentum really became clear to us last spring, on our 11,000 mile tour around the USA.
It was a busy and fascinating two months spent delivering workshops and playing out in parks, parking lots and schools. Hosts in 16 towns from Massachusetts to California, Texas to Ohio showed us their sites, fed us at their kitchen tables, and shared stories about their work making positive changes in children’s lives.
Again and again, people have asked us when the book was coming out. People asked for something tangible and glossy to showcase the beauty of play, something full of persuasive detail to wave at skeptics during meetings. People around the country all wanted the same thing – to learn more about other people doing thoughtful, dedicated work in support of play, to gain a sense of this movement that we all feel growing each day. So that’s what we’re providing.
The New Adventure Play Movement: USA is coming out this winter, and will be PACKED with images, interviews and anecdotes chosen to make any reader laugh through their tears. There are exclusive interviews with Dr. Peter Gray (author of Free to Learn), and Joan Almon of the Alliance for Childhood. You’ll hear from people in all stages of adventure playground creation – from those delivering pop-ups to those with fixed and established sites. Teachers, children’s museums staff, parents and more are supporting children’s free, risky, adventurous play from coast to coast, and sharing their experiences with you. We’re also including lots of resources to help you on your own journey, building community around play in your neighborhood… and maybe starting adventure playground of your own.
Jump on our mailing list here, and find out more about the other members of this new adventure playground movement.