I’m participating in a new project – Playborhood.com – just launched within the hour, where our goal is to reach out to people who seek better play-based communities and neighborhoods for their children. So many families now have structured play all the time and neighborhoods where they don’t feel safe letting their kids just go out and play, we’re lucky to find the rare place where they can (I did – I feel lucky anyway). So Playborhood aims to become a great community resource where parents can go to find the right neighborhood for them and engage others in that neighborhood in the process of creating a safe, inviting Playborhood. Please check out the site and send us feedback.
Here are two articles on the Playborhood site about why this issue is important: “Mike’s Manifesto” and “What Kids Want Most In a House is Not in the House”. Playborhood.com is already full of great resources for parents who want to be proactive and help their children grow up with the same opportunities for free play outside as we had when we were young.