IF YOU CAN’T SEND YOUR KID OUT TO PLAY, SEND THEM TO BROOKLYN WILD
From Sunset Park News by Rachel Carmean: Now that school is back in session, children’s days are often consumed by test prep and their afternoons with structured time as well. Kids are feeling the stress. But parents know that in the city, it’s not as easy as sending kids outside to play until the sun goes down.
Enter Brooklyn Wild, a mission-driven Sunset Park business dedicated to free play. Their after school and school vacation classes get kids outside with natural and found materials that spark creativity and grow social skills. Kids can get messy with friends, make mistakes—and learn how to fix them.
Each class is facilitated using playwork, a professional approach out of the UK that supports children’s play without judgment. “It is the playworkers who can turn a corner of the park into a magical space. They step in for safety or social support, but otherwise truly allow kids to figure things out for themselves,” says Stacy Boyd, founder of Brooklyn Wild and a Sunset Park mom of two.
NEW 'FOREST SCHOOL' TO HELP SUNSET PARK'S LACK OF PLAYGROUNDS
From Patch. com: "Owners of a new afterschool program hope it will help children get outside in Sunset Park, which was named a playground desert by the city."