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The Pop Up Playdate Café Winter Season

The Pop Up Playdate Café Winter Season is here. Join us Sunday, January 22, from 1 to 3 pm at The Park School for a loose parts, nature-inspired playspace, ideal for small children up to about age seven. Play materials are supplied by The Backyard Atelier. Dress in layers for outside play. Rule of thumb: avoid cotton, but layer on a moisture wicking base layer, an insulating middle layer, and a waterproof outer layer. Bring a dry change of clothes as well!

Call up your friends, pack your winter gear and join us for a brisk afternoon of outdoor play! Pre-register by midnight Saturday, January 21 for Tipico Coffee and hot cocoa, along with Butter Block pastries. Pastry options include Plain Croissant, Pain au Chocolat, Coconut Croissant, and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts!

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. 

Details and registration are available at

Pop Up Playdate Café

Sunday, January 22, 1 to 3 pm at The Park School – 4625 Harlem Rd, Snyder

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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