Category Archives: Play

Curious Automata|Summer Camp 2017

Join us for PlayThrive’s S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camp!

Refresh on Chinese the week before school starts. Students will be making “Curious Automata” mechanical creations, playing games, singing songs, and going on nature walks. Sign up by May 20!

Dates: August 14-17, 2017 (4 days)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: John Gill Elementary, 555 Del Ora Ave. Redwood City

To Register:

  • New Students – please fill out the online application PlayThrive New Student Registration Form
  • Current After School Students – email registrar@playthrive.org indicating your interest in signing up for summer camp
  • Send $350 Total Fee by check to PlayThrive, PO BOX 852, Redwood City, CA 94064-852 (Fee is refundable if minimum number of students is not met.)

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Unstructured Play and Its Importance

Yesterday was Labor Day.  Our family spent about four hours in the park where we just sat and did nothing.  The kids roamed about. At times they played together on the play structures, and other times they played by themselves.  I felt a twinge of guilt that I had not planned an activity for the day, or a play-date or someplace “special” to visit.

I think the internet read my mind as this post from Matt Damon’s mother, “How to Raise a Grounded, Creative Child,” popped up on one of my social media feeds.

It’s nice to be reminded: When kids play, they thrive.  Kinda cool huh?


Teresa Ong is an educator, mother of three, and board member of PlayThrive.

Photo Credit: Mindaugas Danys under a CC license