Sand Play Saturday
Children’s Outdoor Education Program
The Railyard Park Conservancy is committed to working with educators to get kids learning outdoors, and offering parents new ways to connect their children to nature.
Children spend only minutes per day learning and playing outdoors and more than seven sedentary hours each day in front of electronic media. Outdoor time with both structured and unstructured play enhances kids’ health, expands imagination and attention spans, decreases aggression and boosts classroom performance.
Sand Play Saturdays! FREE and Open To The Pubic!
May 26th- Aug 11, 2018
Sand Play Saturdays at the Children’s Play Area of the Railyard Park
10:00 AM – NOON – Every Saturday from May 26th – August 11, 2018. FREE!
Join us and early childhood specialists for Sand Day Saturdays’ activities for toddlers and preschool age children, accompanied by parents. As part of our Children’s Nature Play Programming to encourage children’s discovery, exploration, and creativity through sand play using sand toys, kitchen utensils and water.
Fact: Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive and show better concentration. (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg et al, 2007)
Early childhood development studies show that contact with nature has been associated with a number of health and cognitive benefits for children, such as improved cognitive function, increased creativity, reduced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and reduced rates of aggression. The impact of nature or environmental education – experiential learning outside the classroom – enables children to apply their learning in the real world as it ignites creativity and imagination, and connects children and parents to their community.
Join us for a Special Sand-Play Saturday/Sunday – Ten Year Anniversary Edition
September 15-16 2018 – 11AM – 3PM
We are bringing Sand-Play Saturday back for a special 2-day program in honor of our 10th birthday! There will be loads happening all weekend in the Railyard Park, but make sure you stop by Sand-Play Saturday before we pack up the funnels and sand toys until our 2019 season
“We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it’s dirty and dangerous.” -David Suzuki