Monday, August 15, 2016

Playground Rules

Playgrounds rule the summer. They offer hours of great memories and teach us the rules for socializing... how to wait your turn, share with others, make friends and most important how to have fun. New York City has more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities across the five boroughs. All summer those parks will be filled with the patter of little feet and the sound of laughter and joy.  So here are a few reasons why playgrounds rule and some of the best lessons children have learned from them.

Stay Cool - when the temperature reaches 90 degrees the sprinklers and pools in the parks are open.
Brookyn Bridge Park
Credit: Julienne Schaer

Make Friends - some life long friendships have been forged on the playgrounds of New York.
Crotona Park
Daniel Avila / NYC Parks
Play Ball -  develop those skills. The next Lebron or Curry could be playing somewhere on a playground court.

Credit: Jon Lopez

Scream for Ice Cream - every child has learned how to beg, nag and harass his or her parents when the sound of the Ice Cream Truck passes by.

Learn to Say Good Bye - we must all learn how to exit gracefully after a fun filled day at the park.
Please Baby Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, illustrated by Kadir Nelson