Globetrotters for Adventure Play

Nova Scotia, meet the UK’s Pop-Up Adventure Play as they kick off their Canadian tour right here in Hali. These globe trotting play ambassadors have a great story to tell, well more than one.

You can hear them speak about The Wonderful World of Adventurous Play and ask questions afterwards on July 23 at 2:00 pm in that big comfy Paul O’Regan Hall way at the back of the Halifax Central Library.

The UK-based playwork movement creates opportunities for children’s play, providing them with the freedom to take the lead. In their Halifax presentation, Pop-Up Adventure Play will draw upon their experiences around the world to talk about play, playwork and adventure playgrounds.

And then, a Public Play Pop-Up on July 24, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm on the Halifax South Common – bordered by Cogswell Street and Bell Road. We’re looking for 150 kids to participate in this event suitable for 4 to 11 year olds that will be led by Pop-Up Adventure Play. Parents and caregivers must remain on site. Bring water, sunscreen and imagination to enjoy some creative, cooperative, outdoors fun – playing outside of the box!

Our leaders for the Public Talk and Pop-Up Event have traveled with this contagious style of play to the UK, USA, Costa Rica, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and now CANADA. And here they are – the Pop-Up Players…

Morgan Leichter-Saxby
Morgan trained as a playworker and play ranger in London, first with Penny Wilson and then Bob Hughes. In 2010, she co-founded Pop-Up Adventure Play US to address the lack of playwork knowledge in her home country. Since then she has presented at over a dozen conferences, including the keynote at the Children’s Development Forum in Bogota, and trained frontline staff at new and established sites. At Pop-Up Adventure Play, Morgan leads on training and coordinates writing projects such as ​The Loose Parts Manual​, the Pop-Up Play Shop Toolkit and a chapter in the recently released book ​“Playing It Up – With Loose Parts, Playpods, and Adventure Playgrounds”​. Morgan is based in the US but also working towards a PhD at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. She has also recently spent time training and supporting adventure playground sites on Governors Island, New York and in Houston, Texas. Together, Morgan and Suzanna designed and delivered the Playworker Development Course, and completed tours of the US, Australia, and the world.

Andy Hinchcliffe

Andy has more than ten years experience in playwork, beginning as a volunteer with out-of-school provision, moving onto managing and developing a playwork-guided community and children’s centre in Bradford. He graduated in 2012 with a First-Class Honours Degree in Playwork following work with Fraser Brown’s charity in Romania and later researching theories around deep, dark and criminal play. Andy has been involved with Pop-Up Adventure Play since 2012, supporting the 2014 US national tour, 2015 World Tour and has recently co-worked alongside SCV Adventure Play on a loose-parts recess initiative in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Suzanna Law
Suzanna began as a mobile playworker, or playranger, in socio-economically deprived neighbourhoods in Manchester, UK. She then pursued a second BA, and graduated in 2012 with a First-Class Honours Degree in Playwork. At the same time, she helped to found Pop-Up Adventure Play in both the UK and US, and was Lead Playworker during a 2-month residency on Governors Island in NYC. Based in the UK, she is currently working towards her PhD in Playwork at Leeds Beckett University. At Pop-Up Adventure Play, she leads on project coordination including all three Pop-Ups Tours, and manages online communications for all social media platforms.

In our next post, behind the scenes with Pop-Up Adventure Play.


Hope you can join us on Sunday from 1 to 3 for a pop up loose parts play session in the green space behind the Findlay Centre – brought to you by Adventure Play YHZ.


Adventure Play YHZ Invites You to A Loose Parts-apalooza

Welcome to the inaugural post for Adventure Play YHZ.

We’re putting on a loose parts adventure on October 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the green space behind the Findlay Community Centre in Dartmouth. Not sure what ‘loose parts’ are? Take a look at the story below (click through on the image) from an event organized by a couple of our members in conjunction with the Youth Running Series last year at Sackville’s Wear Pink Track.

cropped-loose-parts.jpgLoose Parts Unplug and Play – Run, Jump, Build

Another member recently completed a master’s degree and in the course of her research has confirmed that loose parts play offers numerous benefits. A pamphlet she produced, excerpted below, provides some answers to the ‘why loose parts’ question.
Why Loose Parts

Did you know that loose parts are becoming a feature in some of the EXCEL programs in Halifax schools? Some of our members are involved in these activities too. A longitudinal study in one Australian school has firmly established the benefits of loose parts play in an educational setting.

All hail loose parts. They are the jazz of play bebopping the kids along in a wonderfall of spontaneity.


We also have a member who operates an incredible daycare space in Halifax and another who runs the city’s only Forest School. Guess what, they incorporate loose parts into their daily play too. This is becoming more and more popular in childcare settings throughout the world as this post from Let The Children Play recounts.

090519 001Source: Let The Children Play

Well enough talk, we’re getting ready for loose parts in the green space behind the Findlay Community Centre. We hope you’ll pop by and see what the hullabaloo is about. Your kids will thank you….

Loose Parts - Milk CratesStaging Zone for Findlay Centre Loose Parts-apalooza

By the way, why don’t you slip over and like us on our Adventure Play YHZ Facebook Page too and while you’re at it share this post with your social networks!

For more information on the loose parts play event, leave a comment here on the blog.

Hold on tight, it’s gonna be a great afternoon for kids at Findlay, Halifax Rec is organizing a Hallowe’en blast – the Boo Bash….

Findlay Halloween Party Poster_final proof_Oct. 15