Planet Play experiences are directed by the child, not adults or equipment. Our materials encourage imaginative, creative play with “loose parts” rather than following directions to make a piece of equipment work. Adult “Funstigators” enable each child’s choices for free play and engage parents in extending unstructured play at home. Each experience area has a learning-based focus: Create (designing and making with building and art materials); Discover (tinkering and experimenting to build early science and engineering interest); and Imagine (pretend & symbolic play, collaborating with others).
We are planning a network of small PlaySpace sites in diverse communities across metro Kansas City. Our flexible, distributed site-network concept brings play to the people…
In 2013 we asked Kansas City families in diverse communities what they expect in children’s play experiences. They told us loud and clear: near home. Close to 60% said they won’t travel more than 10 miles for a play experience. In a community as geographically spread out as ours, that means multiple sites with flexibility to move in and out of short-term spaces, in suburban and urban neighborhoods alike, developed with neighborhood input to be responsive to the expressed needs of families in our community.