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Pop Up Playdate Café at Yoga Parkside

backyard-kids-buffalo-ny-2It’s fall and we’re keeping up the magic of child directed, loose parts, outdoor nature play with The Backyard Atelier. Here’s how it works: We bring the loose parts and café goodies, and set up play space on the outdoor lawn at Yoga Parkside, suitable for babies up to about age 7.

Check your dates and book your Saturday morning with us by registering online by midnight Friday, Oct 7 at Invite your friends and family to meet you there with their kiddos, and breathe easier knowing that you’ve got some quality down time to get out as a family AND see friends. Plus, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet other families. The kids have a great time playing, and the adults get to sit back and relax. What could be better than that?

backyard-kids-buffalo-ny-1Oh yes, treats for the adults! We’re switching over to heated fresh brew Tipico Coffee with cream and sweetener on the side, along with current selection of Butter Block pastries. Options will be listed online. Be sure to place your order in advance to hold your selection.

ThePop Up Playdate Café has become a positive escape for moms and dads, and the kids love it too… so everybody wins.

“Creativity is nurtured by freedom and stifled by the continuous monitoring, evaluation, adult-direction, and pressure to conform that restricts children’s lives today”. -Peter Gray, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Boston College, author of Free to Learn and regular contributor to Psychology Today.

Pop Up Playdate Café

Saturday, October 8, 10am – 12p

Outside on the lawn at Yoga Parkside – 2 Wallace Avenue | Buffalo, NY 14214

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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