Adventure playground ‘Pops-Up’ on campus

For Immediate Release: Oct. 24, 2014

Pop Up Playground

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University will host a new event this fall, and it won’t be around for long. For one day only, Pop-Up Adventure Playground will provide children with an opportunity to experience an environment designed solely for child-initiated, self-instructed play.

The playground, open to the public free of charge, will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Student Recreation Center. Children ages 12 and under are invited to enjoy the Pop-Up Adventure Playground; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds offer a place for children to explore a variety of loose materials, such as cardboard boxes and plastic containers, objects that can easily be found at home. The goal is to provide children with an opportunity for hands-on, open-ended learning. Adults are encouraged to allow the children to explore the playground on their own.

The Pop-Up Adventure Playground will be led by Michael Patte, BU professor of education and child life specialist. Patte will be assisted by BU students to provide support at the playground and help educate children and adults on the importance of self-instructed play.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.