Using Your Outdoor Classroom
Nature Explore Workshop at Smith Memorial Playground
Monday, October 5th
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: September 28th
(open to the first 35 participants)
Details & RSVP
We are excited that later this year Nature Explore will create a Nature Play space for Smith’s Playground! Our staff will be learning nature play strategies from Nature Explore and we invite teachers, parents, and caregivers to join us to find out about using outdoor classrooms for fun and learning.
Through fun and engaging hands-on experiences, participants will gain techniques for using outdoor classrooms as an integral part of daily preschool and elementary education. Discover how well-designed outdoor spaces facilitate children’s overall development in traditional academic areas, strengthen specific skills, and aid social-emotional growth. Finally, explore a variety of strategies for facilitating and assessing student learning in outdoor classrooms while engaging children with different levels of interests and needs.
Art of Active Play Installation at Smith
October 8 – 16, 2015 | 10am – 4pm daily
Come try out three new DIY play pieces designed and built by Philly youth, design professionals, artists, and community members to transform underutilized spaces and unexpected places into opportunities for play! Details
Healthy Play Panel
Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | 6pm-8pm
Join the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health/Get Healthy Philly to talk about play! We’ll discuss the impact of play on childhood learning and health, and its surprising role in creating a great city. Hear from experts in public health, education, and design. Try out three new DIY play pieces designed and built by Philly youth with Public Workshop too!
General Admission $10, Smith and Community Design Collaborative Members $5!
Details & Registration
Family Play Day
Monday, October 12th, 2015 | 11am-2pm
Turn this national holiday into a “day of discovery” for the whole family on a day when Smith is normally closed to the public!
Join the Collaborative and Philadelphia Department of Public Health/Get Healthy Philly to spend Columbus Day trying out three new DIY play pieces designed and built by Philly Youth with Public Workshop—and all the great stuff Smith Memorial Playground has to offer. Bring a picnic lunch!
Free, registration required
Saturday, October 10th | 12pm – 4pm
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse and The Pincus Family Foundation will host the 3rd Annual celebration of the life of David Pincus–local philanthropist, art collector, and Smith supporter–on Saturday, October 10 from 12pm – 4pm. Families are invited to Smith Memorial Playground for this FREE event which will include fun on the playground; hot dogs and ice cream; children’s costumed characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog presented by WHYY; a free book giveaway presented by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s READ! by 4th initiative; and participation in Imagination Foundations’ Global Cardboard Challenge led by Pop-up Play.
Saturday, October 24th | 10am – 12pm
Kids 10 and younger and their caregivers are invited to Healthy Halloween at Smith! Join us for costume making, arts and crafts, healthy snacks donated by Trader Joe’s, and tons of fun in the 6 1/2 acre Playground and 16,000 sq. ft. Playhouse!
This event is free for Smith members, $10 per child for non-members.
RSVP and purchase tickets here!
Soccer Shots Fall Session | September 5 – November 14
Saturdays 2:30pm (age 5-10); 3:20pm (age 3-5); 4:00pm (age 2-3)
Soccer Shots is back this Fall with indoor soccer clinics for children ages 2-10, introducing basic soccer skills and building an understanding of the game through fun games, skills and character lessons.
$10 registration discount for Smith members, email email@example.com to receive the discount code. More info & registration here!
October 3, 18, 28, 30 | November 18, 20
Let’s Go Outdoors is bringing a variety of interactive, family friendly events to Smith this Fall that include parent/baby and parent/toddler sensory activities; organized games, crafts, and entertainment; story time; and nature activities all experienced in a fun and safe outdoor setting. More details about specific sessions and registration can be found on the Let’s Go Outdoors Activity Calendar!
Let’s Go Outdoors seeks to raise family and individual participation in outdoor recreation (i.e., camping, hiking, fishing, etc.), especially among people of color and/or city communities. We do this by offering easy, convenient, one-of-a-kind outdoor-themed sessions, campouts/retreats, youth leadership activities, environmental education, afterschool programming and teacher training/development, plus tailored special experiences for organizations.