Let’s make a Play Street

April 25th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

By Guest Blogger Lisa Dworak, Omaha Play Streets

When I was young, what I remember most is playing outside. It was either foursquare on the driveway, riding bikes or trikes up and down the street or collecting buckeyes by the red wagon-full. It certainly was not videogames, cable television, Internet or cell phones.Lisa_LWOblogpic

Sound familiar? This “when I was young” sentiment is the most common reaction to Play Streets that I have received. Does this make our childhoods rawer? Perhaps. Does this make our childhoods more wholesome? Maybe.  Does this mean we should reminisce on our childhoods as something only possible in times past? No.

We need to reminisce and recreate those memories for our community, and more importantly for our own children, and this is exactly what Play Streets seeks to accomplish. Play Streets summed up in three words is simple, free and fun. The benefits associated with this type of open play street event are endless: reconnecting children, families and communities together and instilling excitement in living actively with healthy food are just a few.

Nationally many children don’t have access to a play space. However, we are very fortunate in Omaha to have an abundance of spaces, so let’s take advantage of them! This event is allows children and families to re-think how they use their spaces.

While at Play Streets, without even realizing it, you will have spent several hours playing four-square, hop-scotching, trying family yoga, and pedaling on the bike blender. You could even bring the family bikes for free bike safety checks and then ride the trail!

Sounds like every afternoon back when I was six and fourteen. So what do you say? Let’s recreate those memories; let’s make a play streets. Join us at Play Streets Omaha.

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