"So there we all were at the Anarchy Zone last Monday afternoon: Alex and I playworking 14 six and seven year olds from Ithaca's GIAC afterschool program, 2 GIAC adult supervisors, 2 Cornell researchers beginning their documented comparison of play patterns on the Anarchy Zone vs. traditional play equipment, and a sweet family from Ontario on their annual visit to Ithaca and the beloved Ithaca Children's Garden and Anarchy Zone.
What happened? Lots! Lots of dirt digging, mud kitchening, house building, swing rigging, pool noodle battling, tree climbing…you know, the good stuff.
Anarchy? Hah. Far from it. Just kids doing kid things…with supportive adults saying "yes."