Pop-Up Playday set for the Student Recreation Center

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University students will host a free “Pop-Up Playday” for children 12 and younger on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds are free, public celebrations of child-directed play, in public settings and are characterized by re-purposing an abundance and assortment of loose parts. Those parts being safe, clean, and open-ended materials such as recyclable items, everyday things (cotton balls, string, glue, tape), household wares, natural materials, unexpected things (colorful fabrics, old computer keyboards), and anything that is not sharp or made of glass.

At the event, children will be free to participate as they wish in various activities. This event demonstrates that play does not need to be expensive, encouraging children to play with everyday objects. It provides a safe play space where children are free to judge and manage risks.

The students organizing the event are seeking donations including cardboard boxes, cardboard tubes, duct tape, painter tape, child-friendly box cutters, plastic straws, plastic cups, sidewalk chalk, crayons, fabric, loose parts, carpet squares, and wallpaper samples. Anyone who can donate any of the items listed should contact Michael M. Patte at mpatte@bloomu.edu.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.