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Make Summer Last Longer with Pop Up Playdate Café

In this mad dash end-of-summer season, it’s still a challenge to coordinate time to connect with family and friends. Make a date to meet up with us Saturday, September 3, 10 am to 12 pm, for Pop Up Playdate Café at Yoga Parkside, a collaborative venture between The Backyard Atelier, Tipico Coffee, Butter Block, and Urban Creatives LLC.

PlayWork-Buffalo-NY-1Popular with young families, Pop Up Playdate Café offers a time and space for babies and young children to freely mess about, explore, and investigate while their parents, and their parents’ friends, enjoy fresh cold brew from Tipico Coffee and Michelin star-worthy fresh pastries from Butter Block. It’s a chance to de-stress, relax into your weekend routines, and know that you’re still prioritizing quality time with your children and for yourself.

Plus, amidst the frenzy of back to school, the New York Times reports that young children learn best through play. Jay Giedd, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego points out that most kids younger than 7 or 8 are better suited for active exploration than didactic explanation. The trouble with over-structuring is that it discourages exploration,” he says.

Come explore with us! Pre-registration is required by midnight, Friday September 2 and is available at Book your playdate, select your beverage and pastry of choice, and invite your friends and family to meet you there. (While earning a $4 credit when you come with a friend.)

The Backyard Atelier is an outdoor, play-based early childhood program that draws inspiration from the Adventure Playground movement (playwork), Reggio Emilia Approach and Forest schools of Europe. By creating a curated space that prioritizes each child’s play agenda, children are encouraged to explore their interests, questions and big ideas through open-ended, child-directed, loose parts play.

Written by Arete


Megan Mills Hoffman, Alaskan-born and raised, arrived in Buffalo in 2003 thinking she'd stay for a few months, much like her other brief sojourns in Missoula, Montana; Oxford, Mississippi; Portland, Oregon; and Albany, New York. Then she discovered Wegman's cheese aisle and Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House, the first of which reminded her of her mother's experience living outside Manchester, England and the second of her father's experience in construction in Alaska. While discovering Buffalo's others treasures, she worked with Buffalo Rising as it first expanded online, the Burchfield Penney Art Center's New Museum Project, Buffalo State College, Western New York Land Conservancy, Young Audiences, and The Gow School. She has served on the boards of the Allentown Association, Mandala School, Western New York Environmental Alliance, and Field and Fork Network. With a B.S. in Sociology and twenty plus years of experience working in community development and grassroots organizations, she has embraced, developed, launched, and established, to varying degrees of success, a variety of local social movements, all directed at changing the way we think about our education and learning. She lives in a small town south of Buffalo, much like the one she grew up in, with her Buffalo-born husband, daughter, and Bernese Mountain dog.

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