Adventure Playgrounds introduce themes of freedom and risk by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to unstructured play together. Volunteers identify pop-up locations, promote the events through social media, and act as play workers to supervise the temporary playgrounds. We participate in about a dozen pop-up playgrounds each year at festivals, private businesses, farmer’s markets, summer camps, and public parks.


Children growing up today are spending much less time outdoors and in unstructured play, and the impact is worrying. Play helps children:

  • Be more physically active
  • Improve coordination & creativity
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Take appropriate risk
  • Increase social skills
  • Improve coordination

Plus, it’s fun! Unstructured free play outside brings a host of benefits to children.

Funding from the Active Play Alliance and Cherokee Preservation Foundation have allowed us to purchase an enclosed trailer and shed for storage and transportation of materials for pop-up adventure playgrounds.

Check our Facebook Page for upcoming locations and information about the Playwork Movement in WNC.