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Moving countries generally means learning a new language, making new connections and, for children, learning new ways of playing. For kids from immigrant families who are settling in Canada, play can be a way to fit in and adapt to a new home. But...
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) will offer a two-day, in-person, hands-on workshop in September as part of its Certified Play Expert program, a professional education initiative to help toy industry retailers, sales...
A recent Johns Hopkins study found that today’s kids are so inactive that by the time they reach 19 they have the activity level of 60-year-olds. I have a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, “19 is the New 60,” looking at...
John Chavis Memorial Park near downtown Raleigh recently received a big infusion of funds that will help pay for major updates to the historic park that include a new community center, destination playground and water play area. The city won a $747...
Cambridge University has appointed the world’s first ever professor of play, Paul Ramchandani. A researcher who has spent the last 15 years leading the child and adolescent mental health research unit at Imperial College London, Ramchandani will take...
More kids will be playing in the shade at the Durango Community Recreation Center after community members raised money for a canopy. Carl Curtiss raised $23,000 through individual donations for the $40,000 canopy that will be installed this year,...
South Dakota doctors routinely write prescriptions for everything from painkillers to ointments. This year, however, they’ll have a more novel option at their disposal: park prescriptions. Printed on a notepad with an “Rx” symbol in the top-left...
The primary goal of the Maintenance Management School (MMS) is to teach students a systematic approach for determining the resources needed to maintain a public facility. We provide a quality program that also teaches leadership and advancement skills...
An Outstanding learning exchange featuring Butch DeFillippo, PlaySafe, LLC an experienced consultant in the field of playground maintenance. Registration Information: • Ways to avoid injuries to children and the...
An Outstanding learning exchange featuring Butch DeFillippo, PlaySafe, LLC an experienced consultant in the field of playground maintenance. Registration Information: • Ways to avoid injuries to children and the...
The Erie Zoo will offer families a new feature starting Saturday [August 5, 2017]. Maleno Adventure Woods, designed to combine play opportunities with nature, is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. in the children’s area of the zoo, 423 W. 38th St. “We...