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Pop Up Playdate Café at Tifft Nature Preserve

It can be challenging to get kids outside during winter weather, but what a difference it makes! The Pop Up Playdate Cafe will be at Tifft Nature Preserve Saturday, February 18, 10 am to 12 pm. Join us for a loose parts, nature-inspired playspace, ideal for small children up to about age seven. The Tifft Mud Kitchen will be open for loose parts, outdoor play with play materials supplied by The Backyard Atelier. Open play areas will also be available with assorted types of loose parts play materials. Depending on the weather, dirt, sand, snow paints, ice blocks and other natural materials will be available for children to explore and build with as they wish.

The Tifft Mud Kitchen will be open for loose parts, outdoor play with play materials supplied by The Backyard Atelier.

Bring your family out for a morning in the weather, under the trees at the edge of quiet Lake Kirsty, home to birds, deer, rabbits, fox, beavers, reptiles, insects, and fish. Looking for new birthday party ideas? Encourage your backyard explorers by checking out Tifft’s nature themed party options while you’re there.

Not sure how to cover your kids up in enough layers to keep them warm and dry? Plan to dress in layers, with a dry change of clothes available to change into. Hats that fasten under the neck work well for busy kids. All-weather rain suits are especially helpful in wet conditions, check out Molehill or Muddy Buddy Rain Suits for options.

Call up your friends, pack your winter gear and join us for a brisk morning of outdoor play! Pre-register by midnight Friday, February 17 for Tipico Coffee and Butter Block pastries. Pastry options this month include Almond Croissant, Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart, and Grapefruit Crud Danish.

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. 

The Pop Up Playdate Café is designed to connect kids and their families with each other and the outdoors in all kinds of weather. Details and registration are available at Check out our Facebook page at for pictures from past Playdates.

Pop Up Playdate Café at Tifft Nature Preserve

Saturday, February 18, 2017

10 am to 12 pm

Tifft Nature Preserve1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14203 | (716) 825.6397

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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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