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Play Day Fun

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 at 11:40 am in Backyard fun, Health & Safety.

Playground In the good old days, we played outside in the street or at a neighborhood park till the cows came home … or rather, till our moms hollered, “Bedtime!” But these days, that kind of unstructured, outdoor play is rapidly evaporating. KaBOOM, the nonprofit playground advocates, has been working with communities to build playgrounds, esp in low-income neighborhoods, where kids are 20-60% more likely to be obese. (The playgrounds are community efforts, with kids helping with the designs. Needless to say, kids want slides, swings and clubhouses, but they’ve also asked for dinosaur fossils and … a shark. Love it!)

That said, there are other ways to get kids outdoors and playing, and parents can help. KaBOOM suggests hosting a neighborhood Play Day, scouting out neighborhood play areas, and opting for a little free, retro fun – hula hoops, fort building and hopscotch.

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One Response to “Play Day Fun”

  1. danay Says:

    Jackie,
    Thanks for sharing this. We spent last night at a block party in Hercules, and are using our hula hoops and poi balls today (even in the lovely and “not so hot” fog engulfed East Bay). To everyone out there – go play!

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