Science says kids learn more when we leave them alone. Yes, really. Leave them alone and even give them saws and hammers. Playground:NYC is New York’s first adventure playground that is changing the way parents and kids think about free play.
Started by Eve Mosher, Playground:NY is essentially a junk yard where parents are not allowed. Occupational therapists have found that free play helps kids learn to navigate conflict, take risks and in doing so develop social and motor skills. I took my own kids there and couldn’t get them to leave. Literally, we had to wait until the place closed. The bonus? Since no grown ups are allowed inside, I got to take a nap on a grassy field across the street. Those occupational therapists are really on to something.
Watch Eve and her daughter in action here in this video: