Governors Island - The Yard

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Oct 27 2019.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Info
Cost: 
Free
Recommended Age: 
6 and up

The Yard, now open for its fourth year on Governor's Island, was designed specifically to offer kids an adult-free place to play and test their skills. Its 50,000 square feet of space offers young people (6 and up) materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided include nails, hammers, saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics, and more. Often, there is also mud!

The science of creating playgrounds for kids is actually very complex, and as the years have gone by, they've become safer and safer and... now there's hardly any risk at all. And you know what they say - no risk, no reward. Kids need to be challenged. To get dirty. To learn how to manage and conquer "dangerous" things. And this is where The Yard comes in!

The playground is staffed by “playworkers,” adults trained in the art of facilitating play by mostly staying out of the way. The playworkers ensure that serious hazards have been removed from the environment, allowing children to feel safe taking risks in their play.

A Family Play area, open to all ages (but best for kids ages 3-5), is located adjacent to The Yard, and adult supervision is required.

Closed-toe shoes and a signed waiver are required for entry. Note that parents and caregivers are not allowed into the playground, but can linger outside on the grassy area or explore other activities while the kids play.

How to find it:
From the Brooklyn Ferry turn right along the water. Take the second left turn and you will see The Yard on your right.
From the Manhattan Ferry walk up, turn left at the T junction. Once you pass the entrance to the Fort, turn right onto a path between houses and trees (Colonel’s Row). Walk straight until you reach The Yard.

Governors Island New York , NY
Phone: 646-241-2670
40° 41' 22.02" N, 74° 0' 57.2868" W
New York