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Columbia Play Project hosts grandparents play day at Marshall Park in Vancouver

The Columbian
Published: September 16, 2023, 7:16pm

CENTRAL PARK — Columbia Play Project hosted a grandparents play day Sept. 10 at Marshall Park.

Designed as child-led exploratory play, the free event included music, art, science, giant bubbles, construction toys and other engaging activities and showcased the newly remodeled, inclusive Chelsea Anderson Memorial Playground.

“Exploratory play is good for everyone,” said Columbia Play Project Executive Director Jeanne Bennett. “Columbia Play Project hosts many free events throughout the year to encourage everyone to play together, enjoy each other’s company and experience the joy that comes from taking time to engage with children and grandchildren.”

Columbia Play Project has a three-phase plan to create exploratory play activities focused on science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math. Phase I, launched in December 2021, includes a play-kit called “Welcome to the Ecosystem.” The kit includes a 100-page activity book, slot-together critters, colored pencils, stickers and a canvas string bag. Phase II, a Mobile Children’s Museum, began serving Clark County in September 2022. It allows a children’s museum to set up indoors or outdoors and is available for rental by schools, preschools, clubs, organizations, businesses or private parties. Phase III will be a permanent exploratory play space with indoor and outdoor play areas, permanent and rotating exhibits, a variety of laboratories, a maker-space and a curated children’s library.