We have a unique, fresh and very welcoming playspace, just under 750 square feet and designed specifically for children 0-6 years old. The floor is padded for safe play with rubber interlocking tiles and the area is enclosed with a 3 foot high wooden wall and a gate with a latch. Our playspace has a tranquil westcoast themed design with pastel tones, painted trees, waves and a popular favourite among our visitors…a trailer playhouse! We have a sensory wall, 2 sliding/climbing structures (one geared more toward younger children, the other for older with a firepole and even a foam pit! We also have a farm stand, wall garden and play kitchen , where children can feel free to engage in pretend play by harvesting fresh (felt) food, placing them in the market, as well as purchasing and preparing meals. We also have a small book nook, puzzles and one wall of cushioned bench-seating for parents/caregivers to relax with a coffee while watching their children play.
*Please note that our playspace is a no-shoe/ no-food or drink zone, apart from a cup of coffee, tea or water with lid. Also note that parents may watch from a table or the wall right outside the fenced playspace, just as long as their child/children are within eyeshot and parents are closely monitoring their child/children’s interactions with other children.
A lot of thought was put into the design of our playspace to make it inclusive to all children in the 0-6 age range, yet designed in a way that has more activities suited for younger children at one end and those intended more for older children at the opposite end of the space. In our design, we createed flow by positioning our structures in a way that avoids high-traffic areas or child-collision spots.
Within the past few years, I have been very intrigued by the many studies done on the benefits of pretend/make-believe play with regards to the cognitive and social development in young children. I feel that in the past, play has always been regarded as an antithesis to “work” or learning and academics, and I am happy to see this view is changing.