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by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:59am

Critical fall height is a reference you hear a lot when considering play equipment and safety surfacing. BS EN:1177:2008 According to British Standards EN 1177:2008 all play equipment with a free fall height above 0.6m requires a critical fall height certified flooring around the play equipment (this is the maximum platform height from which a...

by: Jackie Edwards
Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 9:30am

Nearly 49% of children in grades 4 – 12, according to reported having been bullied recently within the past month alone. As the numbers of cases begin to soar, only a few cases are ever reported to the local authorities. Bullying usually takes place in school, outside school grounds, and even the on the bus. It also happens online...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 8:29am

The Great Trail — previously known as the Trans Canada Trail — is a bit of a misnomer. Given that the recently opened trail is the longest recreational one in the world at a staggering 14,864 miles, the project is great indeed, a monumental achievement. However, it isn’t a trail.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 8:21am

As she heads off to school, it's important for your child to have a good breakfast — preferably with a healthy serving of protein. Why? Research shows that children can sustain their attention better when they have a breakfast rich in protein. Protein is essential for attentiveness, concentration and thinking. And a protein-rich breakfast has more...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 8:40am

In the heart of the Iron Triangle, Jasmine Malabed and her partner Dennis Hoskins are transforming a vacant lot into a 2-acre public bike park for kids. Getting kids outside and active is a vision we can get behind here at Title Nine, especially when it’s in our own backyard of Richmond, California.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:00am

One of the most exciting things about the profession of parks and recreation is how it is constantly changing, evolving and helping create new trends. While some aspects of parks and recreation have remained consistent over the years (preserving open space for future generations, for example), some newer trends like the rapid expansion of...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 9:34am

What parent hasn’t uttered “Be careful?” I continue to be thankful for a post by the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada about why telling kids to “Be careful” is not the best way to keep them safe. The first time I read it, I thought, “Yes!” But, it didn’t really sink in until last week’s family vacation on the rugged, Maine coastline. Once I had...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:07am

When it comes to obstacles, your kiddos overcome them like pros (yep, navigating their messy playroom counts). But if you really want to challenge your crew, set them to task on one of these themed obstacle courses. From a nighttime glow-in-the-dark adventure to one that’s got all the bells and whistles, we’ve found six inspired ideas to try!...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 8:47am

“Follow my finger with your eyes…” “What’s your name?” “Do you know where you are?” These are the kinds of questions that we commonly see asked when someone hits their head to check for signs of a concussion. Whether you’ve seen the Will Smith movie, Concussion, about Dr. Bennet Omalu’s research on traumatic brain injuries in professional...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:10am

An interactive nature play area made of natural elements — rock, wood, and sand — is under construction at Kit Carson Park, located near the Pacific Terrace neighborhood and along Crater Lake Parkway in Klamath Falls. Plans are to open it to the public Sept. 1.

On Playfulness
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017 - 8:34am

In her article Six Reasons to Play More on the Ideo blog, Nazlican Goksu notes:

by: Kacey Mya
Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 8:39am

For decades, schools all around the country have taken field trips to museums, parks, and local venues, using the opportunity to expand education outside the classroom and open new horizons for students from all walks of life.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 8:45am

Your busy family is often short on time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t crank out memorable moments, even if they’re brief. So the next time your crew has half an hour to spare, bust out one of these quick activities everyone can play.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 8:00am

Two bright new murals ascending outdoor staircases in the South Bronx were commissioned not just to beautify the streetscape, but, hopefully, to encourage exercise as well.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, September 4, 2017 - 9:04am

Thousands of children under the age of five are not getting enough exercise time outdoors, a new report has warned. Health experts recommended that young children should be given at least three hours of active play per day. But according to a new survey by Public Health Wales 29% of children in this age group are not reaching their daily quota...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017 - 8:03am

The first of several retractable jump rope stations designed by Virginia Commonwealth University students has been installed outside a Jackson Ward laundromat, offering neighborhood children a chance to jump rope by themselves or with friends.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:14am

I’ve met few parents who do not notice a difference in their children (or themselves) when they spend time in nature. 30 minutes of screen and 30 minutes of green yield very different results. My girls are more peaceful, energized and happy when they are outdoors, and those effects carry over long after they come back inside.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 8:07am

Dogs are children for a growing number of Americans—and that’s putting new pressures on pup-friendly space. From the thin shade of a pine tree at Laurel Canyon Dog Park, Amber Freeman, a contractor for a local dog-walking company, keeps an eye on her 30 canine charges.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 8:38am

1. Is the playground surface safe? Unsafe surfaces such as concrete—and sometimes even grass—have the risk of severely injuring or killing. Falling is the number one cause of injuries on the playground, and therefore it is important to restrict children from playing on equipment placed on hard surfaces like asphalt, concrete and packed earth or...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 8:00am

Visitors to the ABQ BioPark Zoo are in for a treat now that the new Colores Play Area has opened. Kids can climb, slide and hop from gator to gator thanks to funding from the city's capital implementation program.