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Why an Inclusive Playground Benefits All Children

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

When Fruzsina Elo's first child was born he weighed 1 lb., 6 ozs., and it wasn't until he was six weeks old that she was able to hold him in her arms -- on Mother's Day. On that day she made a promise to him: that she would do everything she could to make him happy.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

How Detroiters Got Dozens Of Parks Reopened And Made The CIty Better For Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.27.2015 | Good News

While Detroit’s systemic problems often seem too large to tackle -- like an ongoing foreclosure crisis and a broken transportation system -- others ...

Playing With Fire and Facing Death in Savage Park

Linda Flanagan | Posted 03.24.2015 | Books
Linda Flanagan

It was the subtitle of Amy Fusselman's new book, Savage Park, that got my attention: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die.

More Than Fun and Games -- Play Matters

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"Ultimately, play matters because people matter, and it represents one of the best opportunities in our daily lives for people to really get to know one another -- to see and truly be seen by others."

6 People You See on an NYC Playground

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
Leslie Kendall Dye

For tourists with children, I've compiled a handy pocket guide to the types you will encounter most frequently on the NYC playground. Now you will know whom to ask for a spare diaper or Kleenex. And whom you should avoid.

Playgrounds, The New Bar Hopping

Linda Roy | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Linda Roy

Before kids, I bar hopped. My rock band played in them. It was a lot of monkeying around minus the monkey bars; a pretty swinging lifestyle.

12 Nostalgic Photos That Capture The Disappearance Of An American Icon

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts

Photographer Brenda Biondo has spent the last 10 years documenting a disappearing icon of the American landscape: playgrounds. From geodesic climbing ...

The Challenge of Adventure Playgrounds

Amy Fusselman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Amy Fusselman

We deride helicopter parenting, but maybe the problem is that we are thinking of the wrong person in the wrong helicopter. It's the children, not the parents, who are meant to fly.

Too Much Supervision Is Hurting Our Kids

Today's Mama | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Today's Mama

Don't you remember how you used to disappear with your friends for hours at a time? Exploring, building, hiding, playing, making up songs and dances, fighting, tossing a ball, always playing in the street, coming up with strict hierarchical kid societies, disappearing into nature?

5 Things Tomorrow's Parents Will Do Differently

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

We'll remember that bringing up children is something that generations of adults have done before us without too much fuss or bother and we'll rediscover that kids, when left alone, have amazing abilities to learn and grow.

Playground Speed Dating

Sarah Fader | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

It turns out that I've been involved in a similar activity to speed dating and I didn't even realize it: Playground speed dating!

2nd-Grader Finds Adorable Cure For Playground Loneliness

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 12.06.2013 | Good News

Second-grader Christian Bucks, of York, Pa., knew that some of his classmates felt lonely during recess, and he decided to do something about it. His ...

PHOTOS: The Most Amazing Playgrounds In The World

www.weather.com | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents

Playgrounds have certainly come a long way from the ubiquitous swing sets and monkey bars - just visit your neighborhood fast food joint. ...

The Last One of a Kind

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Sarah O'Leary

Recently I discovered that the 8-foot tall turn of the century wooden playground slide in the middle of my living room might be the last one like it o...

Green Infrastructure: The Design Element (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

These hyper-performing landscapes are tiny by park standards, but they bring beauty to formerly barren corners, serve as mini habitats for insects and birds, and most of all, soak up storm water.

10 Incredible Playgrounds We Wish We Had Growing Up

The Huffington Post | Rain Embuscado | Posted 06.21.2013 | HuffPost Home

Apparently a lone swingset is frowned upon these days.

New Orleans Rosenwald Center, Opened For African Americans During Segregation, To Be Rebuilt

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Jan. 14, 2013 edition.) On South Broad and Earhart in New Orleans, the Rosenwald Center-...

Boys Flying High: Why Adults Should Play

Bob Brody | Posted 11.21.2012 | New York
Bob Brody

Play could turn out to be powerful therapy. It might even be exactly the kind of health care reform the doctor ordered.

Investing in Children Makes Economic Sense -- in the Gulf and Beyond

Darell Hammond | Posted 10.29.2012 | Impact
Darell Hammond

Just as playgrounds didn't even make the priority list of most of those responding to Katrina, they all too often slip off the radar of those building our schools, designing our neighborhoods, and drafting government budgets.

How to Encourage Healthy Friendships Among Boys

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.11.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Making friends, and keeping them, is a primary activity among school-aged boys. For both boys and girls, these early friendships help define who they are and who they become.

POLL: Flip Out! Would You Hang At An Adult Playground?

Posted 07.03.2012 | Detroit

New York City is installing adult playgrounds for fitness-hungry grown-ups, touting the benefits of a grade-school workout. For those of us who had...

15 Hilariously Inappropriate Playgrounds

Oddee.com | Posted 07.25.2012 | Weird News

Looking for a place where your kids can play? Oddee has a list of places to avoid. Seems these places all have something, well, inappropriate about...

Honor Maurice Sendak with Play

Darell Hammond | Posted 07.09.2012 | Parents
Darell Hammond

Where The Wild Things Are shows us that children need to be free to roam, explore and invent in order to understand their place in the world that surrounds them.

Dangerous Playgrounds Are Good for Your Kids

Darell Hammond | Posted 06.25.2012 | Parents
Darell Hammond

We as a country have taken playground safety too far. We have crossed the line from common sense to that murky "What if?" territory in which we imagine every conceivable accident.

PHOTOS: 36 Hours in Paris Avec Enfants

Elizabeth Thorp | Posted 06.13.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Thorp

With short attention spans and sleep deprivation, we were seeking the ultimate itinerary for a speedy trip to Paris with kids.