The Land

An Adventure Play Documentary

A new documentary film about Adventure Play. 

Smith Memorial Playground

photo by Suzanna Law

This weekend in Phili I reunited with Pop Up Adventure Play for one of their final tour stops at the Smith Memorial Playground.  One of the first warm nights of the year, we had a lovely workshop with parents, teachers and play staff on the porch of Smith's historic mansion. 

I screened a scene in progress, which happens to feature some advanced fire play and playworking by Dave.  Impressive stuff.  It was a thrill to see the footage projected for the very first time and gave me chills to think of the many more backyard screenings to come.

On Saturday there was playworking in action as Morgan and Suzanna did their thing in the Pop Up Adventure Playground.  I flexed my own playwork muscles and became, essentially, a tape ripper for a few hours (duct tape is hard for little hands, but PERFECT for cardboard swords). Kids had access to all sorts of stuff and could make or do anything they wanted. "Is this a science club?" I was asked more than once.  "Nope. Just go for it."  And they did.

Pop Up Adventure Feather Box @ Smith's Pop Up Adventure Playground.

Pop Up Adventure Feather Box @ Smith's Pop Up Adventure Playground.