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November 2008 Blog Posts (4)

Stunning quotes on the importance of play

"...What is shared by mass murderers, felony drunk drivers, starving children, head banging laboratory animals, anxious overworked students and all reptiles?…They don't play. What do most Nobel Laureates, historically renowned creative artists, successful multi-career entrepreneurs and animals of superior intelligence have in common?… They are full of play throughout their lives. "



"Play and games seem necessary for the development of community, which requires mutual trust,… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 23, 2008 at 10:46am — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: London, Day 5

Venture Centre

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

London, England



The Adventure Playground at the Venture Centre is dotted with these colorful figures painted by the children.







Behind the playground construction is a slide coming off of the roof. Kids climb up the caged… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 3, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: London, Day 4

London Eye



I admit I never got around to taking a ride on the London Eye, but I bet the views are terrific.





Many thanks to Dr. Ute Navidi of London Play for spending so much time with me. I learned more in that afternoon than I have in a long time. Thank you, Ute, for the generous gift of your… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 3, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: London, Day 3

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

Kensington Gardens



The Princess Diana playground was recommended by every person who made a recommendation for this trip, and they were so right! It is based on the theme of the Peter Pan story. It was stunning. Fun, unique, mysterious, magical, beautifully (but not stuffily) landscaped. At one point I was brought close to tears it was so wonderful. I arrived before any children were let in.… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 3, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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