According to UN research, children in Canada are losing their connection to nature due to a sharp decrease in the amount of time they spend outside. To help draw attention to this issue, Kamik and Earth Day Canada will be hosting five POP-UP Adventure Playgrounds throughout 2019, encouraging parents and children to experience the joy of unprogrammed, unplugged and unburdened outside free play.
The first POP-UP Adventure Playground will be hosted on Saturday, April 20th at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto, Ontario from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.
The POP-UP Adventure Playground will provide an experience for children to direct their own play with a collection of natural and upcycled loose parts such as straw bales, rope, spare tires, kitchen utensils and sand.
While kids are creating and inventing, parents will be learning about the value of connecting the next generation with nature and why unstructured play is so essential for their development.
Additional play events will be popping up throughout the year in Ottawa, Montreal, and Calgary.
Families can join the movement and share their own outside free play experiences on social media using #FreeYourPlay and #EarthDay2019.