Upcoming Workshop May 20th: Playwork and Adventure Playgrounds 101

The tire-swinging, bug catching, fort-building days full of play with peers that many of us remember are not lost! With the lessons of adventure playgrounds and playwork, the philosophy that guides them, we can make child-led play available to more kids.

This workshop will be mixed lecture and discussion. It is intended for anyone who has contact with children including parents, ECE, teachers, etc. This workshop is an introduction and is suitable for people who have no experience with playwork, but will still be beneficial for those with more experience.


Eureka Villa Adventure Playground

28710 Madison Way – Val Verde, CA 91384

Fee: $100*

*Group Discounts available. Financial aid also available on a case by case basis.



The workshop will cover two main topics.

Topic 1:

Adventure playgrounds past and present, or, a response to…“I love the idea of adventure playgrounds but it could never happen now.” We will discuss adventure playground history and definitions, current adventure playground projects in the US, and how to generalize the concepts that govern adventure playgrounds for any setting where children play.

Topic 2:

Playwork practice, or, a response to…“If I give my kids that much freedom I’m afraid they’d hurt each other!” We will discuss the principles of playwork and what to expect when beginning to implement playwork principles in your setting including incremental introduction of risk and freedom and how quality playwork will help children succeed in their play.

Instructor: Alex Cote, Playworker

Alex Cote is an advocate for children’s right to play. In her work, she helps create the places where children can play freely, and once in them, she makes sure they have the tools and materials they need to fulfill their play.  Alex has been a playworker for five years and has worked and studied with playworkers from across the country and the UK to hone her practice. She has run trainings with teachers, camp counselors, zoo staff, recess staff and more about playwork and how to support play in their unique settings.  Alex found playwork through an initial interest in playground design, but she has since been completely captivated by playwork’s focus on the deeper issues of children’s rights. To this end, she is as likely to be found with her hands up at the pointy end of a stick wielded by a playing child as she is at the front of a room talking to grown-ups about how and why to embrace the very play that brought her to surrender in the dirt the day before. She loves it all.

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