Pop-Up Play Spaces NYC

Pop-up play spaces provide the joy of unstructured play to the children of NYC.

This toolkit is a collaboration between two organizations: play:groundNYC and Pop-Up Adventure Play. It provides you with the basics to run pop-up adventure playground for children in your neighbourhood. We’ll tell you a little about the ethos behind this type of work, provide a ‘road map’ for your play journey, and signpost other resources along the way. It is best suited for someone who advoc...

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This toolkit is a collaboration between two organizations: play:groundNYC and Pop-Up Adventure Play. It provides you with the basics to r...

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You'll get guides and resources on how to bring this idea to life.

There is no funding available for this idea, but these resources will still help to make your project happen!

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    Create your project page

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    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

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Great for

  • Someone who advocates for children’s play
  • Someone who values children’s rights as much as their own
  • Someone who can creatively use resources to hand
  • Someone who can engage local departments for permits etc.

Pop-Up Play Spaces NYC project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Get Connected
  • Choose a Site
  • Spread the Word
  • It's Happening
  • Clean Up and Self Care


Suggested: Running the Pop Up event is a 10-hour commitment and you'll need to commit a couple of hours in advance to source the materials, let people know it's happening and sort the necessary permits and insurances.


More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Pop-Up Play Spaces NYC

24 Pop-Up Play Spaces NYC projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome! Thank you for joining us in bringing the joy of unstructured play to the children of NYC and beyond! The toolkit we're looking forward to sharing with you is a collaboration between two organisations: play:groundNYC and Pop-Up Adventure Play. It provides you with the basics to run pop-up adventure playground for children in your neighbourhood and your experience will help us make it even better!

Zoe Fortin, Executive Director, play:groundNYC

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