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UK-Based POP-UP Adventure Play at the Burchfield Penney

Monday, March 10, 2014

On April 9 and 10, Burchfield Penney Art Center will be hosting a two days of events featuring members of London-based POP-UP Adventure Play. These events will allow children of all ages to explore, transform, create, and share ideas about the value of free play.

A talk, entitled “Redefining Play” will begin at the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Auditorium at Burchfield Penney Art Center on April 9th at 7 pm. Featured will be POP-UP Adventure Play’s Morgan Leichter-Saxby, an experienced playworker, playwork trainer, and writer who has worked on adventure playgrounds and mobile play teams in the UK, US and Gambia. Accompanying her will be Suzanna Law, who works in the UK as a playranger, or mobile play coordinator. Suzanna specializes in team management as well as mentoring volunteers and trainees in the work of facilitating play.

The evening will include a question and answer period and a panel discussion on evolving definitions of play. The panel will be composed of local play advocates, outdoor play program coordinators, and early-childhood educators.

On April 10, the ideas discussed the night before will be put into action at a POP-UP Adventure Play Day at Burchfield Penney from 3-5 pm. This free family event will be held outside, in the Front Yard at the Center. Kids will enjoy free and self-directed play with our play advocates from POP-UP Adventure and POP-UP Park Buffalo. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

About POP-UP Adventure Play
POP-UP Adventure play is an English non-profit group dedicated to creating opportunities for children to explore open-ended, hands-on, self-directed play throughout their lives and landscapes. Grounding their work in our pop-up adventure playground model, they are active internationally, providing children of all ages and abilities with opportunities to recognize, explore, and express their natural play instincts on their own terms. Their collaborators include MoMA, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and the Department of Human Development at Cornell University