The Behringer Crawford Museum in Devou Park is a local favorite of ours and we are so excited to hear about the addition of NaturePlay at BCM. This nature and history focused play area is a hands on wonderland for children of all ages and abilities. The space is perfect for letting your imaginations run wild and learn more about the environment we live in and the history of our region. The best part…Nature Play at BCM is totally free and open to the public! From dawn until dusk each day families can explore and have fun! Read more below about NaturePlay at BCM and then plan your visit soon!
[email protected] Is Open!
Free outdoor play space will be accessible from dawn to dusk
The native Kentucky gardens are planted. The “History in Motion” cruiseline swing is hung. The flatboat is ready to launch. The kid-sized log cabins are awaiting young pioneers.
Let’s NaturePlay! The long-anticipated opening of [email protected], an innovative outdoor play space at Behringer-Crawford Museum, took place Thursday, June 16. But the opening ceremonies were just the beginning. Soon, families will be able to check out SAPS (science and art packs) to help them explore and enjoy the play space. BCM summer camps will use the area for their programs, and an educator is being hired to oversee school-based programs linked to Kentucky core standards and STEAM-based education — science, technology, engineering, art and math.
There is another key aspect to NaturePlay — deprogramming. According to Rebekah Gensler, president of the Devou Good Project, which coordinated with BCM on NaturePlay, “Children have lots of structured play and educational time, and [email protected] is intended to be a space for letting kids be kids — running, jumping, climbing, swinging, using their imaginations, having quiet moments to look and observe, read a book, dig in the dirt.”
“We want all kids to have the experience of just being able to wander and explore, as kids are hard-wired to do. And while it is great for kids to be able to explore on their own, or with friends, it is the opportunities to explore and discover as a family that most excite me,” Gensler said. “[email protected] is a place where, regardless of who we are, where we come from or what special needs we have, we can come together as a family and community and interact with the natural world around us.”
The area, which is fully enclosed and handicapped accessible, will be free and open from dawn to dusk each day. Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. Parking is free.