Playworks at the Ultimate Block Party in Central Park

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On October 3, 2010, the Bandshell area of New York’s Central Park (72nd St. & 5th Ave.)  became the main stage in an international event for families, educators and public figures to explore the real power of play with top architects, scientists, engineers, artists and inventors. Over 25 fun family play and learning activities were free and open to the public!

Thank you for coming, playing, and learning!!! There were hundreds of Imagination Playground Blocks for kids to play with at The Ultimate Block Party in Central Park, along with numerous other activities that emphasized the value and science of arts and play.

 

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three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

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