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The Backyard Atelier curates children’s play space at Tifft Nature Preserve

Hallelujah, summer temps are coming back for the weekend with a forecasted high of 70 degrees. Join us for a Pop Up Playdate Café Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to Noon at Tifft Nature Preserve. Ideal for families with young children up to about age seven, the morning provides a curated play space of Loose Parts, dirt, sand, and water for kids to meddle with as much as they please while their parents cultivate friendships and enjoy Tipico Coffee and Butter Block pastries at a respectable and safe distance.

The kids love it for the number of play combinations they can invent among themselves, the parents for a chance to be social amidst the beautiful backdrop of Tifft Nature Preserve’s woods, lake, and wild life. Sometimes the small people set up a mud kitchen bake shop, other times they collect and count worms while generally enjoying random puddles and balancing on fallen logs.

May pastry selections from Butter Block include: Lemon Blueberry Pop Tarts, Rhubarb Danish, Pain au Chocolat, and Almond Croissant. We recommend you order in multiples, you won’t regret it and there are never leftovers. Tipico Coffee offers a wonderful complement of delectable coffee, cream, and sweetener. All combined it is a most satisfying weekend morning for everyone and their friends, old and new. Especially when you want to be able to coordinate a chance for family fun and adult conversation.

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 Register by midnight Friday, May 19th to ensure your pastry selection and confirm your attendance.

Pop Up Playdate Café

Saturday, May 20, 2017

10 a.m. to Noon

Tifft Nature Preserve –  1200 Fuhrmann Blvd (Across From the Small Boat Harbor)

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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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