I wish there was a place to take 18 month old. seriously 18 months is a tough age. The are not old enough to hand with the 2 year olds but are too old to for the 1 year olds. Most places are geared for either older kids or younger but not the middle 18mo.
One of the places I really liked when I visited my girlfriend in Houston last summer was a place called stomping grounds. It actually had a playground for 3+ and under 3. So the kids were not together where they could get hurt.
Research shows that playing for the pure joy of it – not with any goal or intended outcome – is good for all of us, and in so many different ways. Play promotes creativity and imagination, boosts brain function, and is a tool for problem solving. Play can relieve stress and foster resiliency. Play can keep us active and healthy, and help improve our relationships with others. According to this Boston Globe article about grown-up play, “People who exhibit high levels of playfulness – those who are predisposed to being spontaneous, outgoing, creative, fun-loving, and lighthearted – appear to be better at coping with stress, more likely to report leading active lifestyles, and more likely to succeed academically.”
Yes, play is critically important for children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development – but let’s not overlook its significance in helping us become happy, healthy adults as well!
For more ideas and info about why grown-ups need to play, too:
- Bring Back Recess — No, I Am Not Kidding (Huffington Post)
- Adult Playtime: 6 Ways to Bring More Fun into Your Day (Chopra Center)
- The Business Case for Adult Recess (Fast Company)
- Permission to Play (Huffington Post)
- The Psychological Case for Adult Play Time (Pacific Standard)
PLAY ON! takes place on Saturday, June 11 from 7:00-10:00 PM at Providence Children’s Museum and is just for grown-ups, ages 21+.
Advance tickets are $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members, available online until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 10. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $25.
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