Governors Island - The Yard

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Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sat Oct 27 2018.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Event Info
Cost: 
Free
Recommended Age: 
6 and up
Editor's Pick: 

The Yard, now open for its third 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.

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