The Free Play Matters Task Force is working to inspire and educate the community about the critical importance of free play in the lives of children, and to facilitate the creation of more free play opportunities for children of all ages in Wilton.
The Free Play Matters Task Force is a true community collaboration, bringing together parents, school staff, and local organizations like the Riverbrook Regional YMCA and Woodcock Nature Center, to develop new programs and nurture existing spaces for child-directed play.
Task Force accomplishments include:
new before- or after-school play clubs at both Miller Driscoll and Cider Mill elementary schools;
introducing the much-loved Let Grow Project at both elementary schools;
over 1,200 Wilton residents have participated in a block party, building bonds with neighbors and making new friends;
organizing inspiring presentations for parents, faculty and the community with Lenore Skenazy of Let Grow, public school superintendent Dr. Michael Hynes, and Morgan Leichter-Saxby of Pop-Up Adventure Play;
Wilton's first Bicycle Rodeo and police-escorted road ride;
highlighting and/or inspiring expansion of more child-directed play opportunities in community organizations including Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton Parks and Recreation, Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Wilton Soccer Association, Create Learning Center, and Wilton Continuing Education.
For information on the benefits of play, visit our Resources page.
Want to get involved? Newcomers are always welcome at task force meetings!