Pop up playgrounds are, well, popping up all over the city, and they are red hot. Billed as an innovative way for children aged 3-12 to get creative, take risks and explore, these new spaces around the city have kids and parents popping in for hands-on fun. We checked out the Coquitlam Adventure Playground to see what all the fuss was about.
When we entered the pop up space, wooden structures and pieces were lying about waiting to be used to create whatever struck the kids fancy. In fact, there were buckets, nails, hammers, fabric, giant spools, rubber tires, rope, logs, tape measures, metal baskets and other tools all situated in a fenced space of varying heights.
The unique feature here is that this Coquitlam pop up playground is completely grownup-free (it’s kind of like the ultimate playhouse!). Parents are asked to leave their children to play and explore on their own.
This style of playground encourages important top-of-mind life skills including:
- Creativity and self confidence
- Skills to assess risk and safety
- Critical thinking and
- Physical literacy
The irony with this sort of unstructured play is seeing some parents yell through the fence, instructing their kids to be careful. We found it easy to get lost in a book under a shady tree.
Pro Tip: If you are a work from home mama, grab a blanket and get a bit of work done while your kids are entertained.
We really love that kids as young as 3, are learning life skills such as assessing risk. They are left to create to their hearts’ content with the various mediums available. It’s not every day a toddler gets to build a fort with a stack of tires in an otherwise unused hidden space. How cool is that?
Coquitlam’s Adventure Playground is open all summer long. Delta also has two adventure playgrounds in operation this summer and Burnaby has put on an Imagination Playground that uses big blue blocks. They operate at different parks and times so check individual city websites for more details.
Coquitlam Pop Up Dets
July 2 – Sept. 2, 2018
Monday – Sunday, 10:30 am. – 4:30 pm with Tuesday & Thursdays open until 6:30 p.m.
Take transit and make it a full day adventure!
Guidelines for parents and kids
- Children must wear closed-toe athletic shoes (runners)
- Children are not presumed to be under the care of Adventure Playground staff
- Ensure your children enter and exit the playground safely
- The area near the entrance has been cleared; tree stumps are available for parents to sit and watch
- Please watch from outside the play area
And remember parents, Pink Floyd said it best: “Mama, leave those kids alone!”
The blogger behind Nourish Through Movement, Reg Von Lok writes about DIY and style, nourishment through movement and integrates it all with motherhood, family and life's curveballs. She lives live in the Metro Vancouver area with my husband and two girls.