WHO

we are

We are advocates of play. We believe hearts can heal through play...We believe children need more opportunity for unstructured play.

WHY

we do it

Our mission is to nurture the mental and physical health of children & families by cultivating the healing value of unstructured play in our community.

WHAT

We create opportunities for children, families, and the community to grow and heal through play.

we do

According to the Child Mind Institute, “the average child spends 4-7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen.”  

 

The Alliance for Childhood recommends “children need safe places to play within an easy walk from home. Ideally, these should be playgrounds integrated with natural settings.”

Did you know

The Playful Child, a 501c3 located in Georgetown, TX, was founded in 2018 in loving memory of Kade Damian and his joyful, playful spirit.  We nurture the mental and physical health of children & families by cultivating the healing value of unstructured play in our community.  

 

The physical embodiment of The Playful Child mission is

The Kade Damian Healing Hearts Park. 

Play is the essence of childhood and it is essential to healthy, well-rounded child development. 

The physical embodiment of The Playful Child mission is The Kade Damian Healing Hearts Park.  We have established a contract with the City of Georgetown to design, fund, and build the 6-acre natural park and playspace.  The Kade Damian Healing Hearts Park will be located at 1306 Country Club Road in Georgetown right along the San Gabriel Trail. 

 

The park is being designed to encourage unstructured play for everyone in a unique natural setting. It is our plan to honor all children who now live in our hearts and memories while allowing all hearts to heal through play.  

Treehouse with canopy walk
Giant Berm with Hill Slide

 

Text PLAY to 269-89 to support The Playful Child today!

 

We always are looking for passionate, hard-working volunteers.  Connect via our website at theplayfulchild.org, sign up for our e-newsletter, or via social media on Facebook and Instagram

 

Join us today in healing hearts through play!

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P.O. Box 12281 Austin, TX 78711

theplayfulchild@yahoo.com  /  Tel. (512) 924-6136

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We Promote:

  • Less screen time and more creativity through messy and outdoor play; 

  • Open-ended play;  

  • More personal connection through face-to-face communication;  

  • Discovery of the world around you through play, observation, experimentation,  travel, and hands on activity; 

  • Building community to encourage neighborhood play and safety; 

  • The arts: music, theater, art, dance; 

  • Daily unstructured, outside physical activity;

  • Genuine competition with winners and losers; 

  • Healthy risk-taking during play at home, school, and in public. 

Join the movement to create a world with healthier, happier children, families, and communities!

P.O. Box 12281

Austin, TX 78711

theplayfulchild@yahoo.com

(512) 924-6136

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(512) 924-6136

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