Monday, August 12, 2013
Remember when we were kids and we could go outside, play with whatever we found, get messy, do things maybe not so safe, and we had a great time doing it? There's a place that still holds this a sacred rite of passage for kids. Berkeley's Adventure Playground.
Each child has to do a small chore - find nails or scrap, pick up trash, locate nail points sticking out of wood. Then they get access to tools for the rest of the day. Tools include: C-clamps, saws. hammers (3 nails at a time), paint, rasps, magnets, and probably some other things I didn't notice.
What do they get to do? Whatever they want. Rules are: no painting on signs. Must wear shoes. Have fun. That's it. They make play structures every week, based on materials they have on-hand.
They then disassemble, with the assistance of kids, a structure every week and build another one. How friggin' fun is that?!?
My absolute favorite thing about this place is how much of a "Yes" place this is.
"Mom, can I saw this board?"
"Mom, can I paint this?"
"Mom, can I hammer this?"
"Darling, the universe will be happier if you do."
Did I mention it's absolutely free?
Glad to have remembered this awesome place. It goes back to weekend-only hours after this week, but must remember it for those times when we all need to just pound some nails randomly into wood.