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Pop Up Playdate Café

We’re baaaack with playtime for children and parents who enjoy cafés. Join us for Pop Up Playdate Café. Saturday morning at Yoga Parkside, an opportunity for parents to relax with delicious pastries and quality coffee, to visit with their friends, and simply let their kids be, in a curated play space where kids can get into everything.

Pop-Up-Play-Buffalo-NY-2Children do not need to be taught in order to learn, explains a recent New York Times article. “If we want to encourage learning, innovation and creativity we should love our young children, take care of them, talk to them, let them play and let them watch what we do as we go about our everyday lives.”

And an essential part of everyday life for parents is in finding sweet spots to connect with each other, particularly on Saturday mornings, to decompress after the pressures of the work week.

In Berlin they call them Kinder Cafés. In Singapore, Adventure Playgrounds. Here in Buffalo, we call it Pop Up Playdate Café, a collaborative venture between The Backyard Atelier, Tipico Coffee, Butter Block, and Urban Creatives LLC, on the lawn at Yoga Parkside, Saturday, August 6, from 10 am to 12 pm.

13417636_10156924182575562_3862807209846827418_nEnjoy Tipico Coffee cold brew or sparkling lemonade and a Butter Block fresh pastry without waiting in a line, packing/unpacking your kids into/out of car seats, or hunting for a parking space three blocks away. Tasty treats will be available on site for those who pre-order. Pre-registration is required by midnight, Friday, August 5.

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.

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Pop Up Playdate Café

Yoga Parkside

Saturday, August 6 | 10 am – 12 pm

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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