Leader series 2019: Hamlet- Neutaconkanut Park

Welcome to Neutaconkanut Park
(Abisola, Andrea, Hamlet, and Estefany)

Hello all this summer has been filled with lots of fun and action packed. Our first few weeks of summer were first spent at General Street Park but unfortunately we had to move due to very low numbers, it was very difficult for our crew to leave behind the few kids we did play with but we sadly had to. Once at Neutaconkanut we wasted no time, and got right to playing and engaging all of the kids and families that came to this park. We adapted really well to the park and it’s community environment really well and so did the kids with us.This park serves more than 100 meals a day so we had plenty of kids to play with throughout the entire day, and with there being a pool and splash pad next to the playground we had a constant play. There are four of us here at Neutaconkanut so we never ran out of ideas for what to do.
Our summer has consisted of plenty of activities varying from locomotive play to arts and crafts:
 Bracelet making

Incorporating both imaginary and locomotive play:
 Hot potato
Fort Building

Oobleck/slime making

2019 Leader Series: Aleana, Joslin Park!

Introducing Joslin Park
The beautiful artwork of one of our regulars! 
Hey I’m Aleana, the Playcorps Leader for Joslin Park. I first found out about PlayCorps last year by a close friend. At first I was really nervous, thinking about how I would do with the kids, the extreme heat, and it just being my first time, but I knew it was a summer job I wanted to do. When I found out about having to do a full week long training, I started to regret it and started second guessing my choice, but oh was I WRONG. I loved everything about it. We did fun icebreakers to loosen up the mood, made new friends/ getting to know everyone that was going to be apart of the team, learn about kid safety and so much more. Once the week of training was done I realized how much it impacted my life by allowing me to get up and out of my shyness, talk my mind a lot more, and being able to forget about everything and just be a KID again. 

Kids Yoga every Thursday with Fitness in the Parks!
This year I am a new Leader, at a new Park, so I was in for a pool of surprises. With me at Joslin Park, there's also Laura and Katrina, who help me make the child's summer get better each day. The first day of PlayCorps I was extremely nervous because of how we were at a new park and me just not knowing the area well at all. But after a few weeks, we started to get many kids each day for some time of fun and creative games.

Slip-n-slide fun 

Monday's tend to be slow to start so we keep cool in the shade and do some crafts. Our regulars love to paint and make bracelets. On really hot days we will make slip-n-slides or run around in the water park! You can see us doing just about anything in the field from playing soccer, basketball, or a new made up game! Thursdays we participate in the Fitness in the Parks kids yoga class!  We have a blast at Joslin no matter what the day brings!

2019 Leader Series: Phil, Harriet and Sayles: A Mud Pit Wonderland!

I’m Phil, the Playcorps leader at Harriet and Sayles Park. I wear cheap CVS flip flops to work every day,
because the kids at Harriet and Sayles love mud.
It’s awesome. I love mud too, so everything works out.
Harriet and Sayles is basically a giant sandbox with a swing set and some equipment,
and it’s right next to a waterpark.
 The first day Playcorps was there, the kids started digging with whatever they could.
It wasn’t long until every bucket and semi-usable container they could find was commandeered
in the mud pit effort.

The mud pit is now an almost daily event, with sometimes a dozen or so kids participating.
Dirtiness isn’t much of an issue, because most of them go back and forth between the sand
and the water park, so they’re happily drenched but spotless by the time they go home.

Besides mud, Harriet and Sayles Park has a giant field behind it,
complete with a baseball diamond. We also always have an art corner,
where kids make everything from hero masks, to pipe cleaner people,
to giant tape covered sticks to chase Playcorps associates around the playground with. 

Harriet and Sayles is the center of a wonderful community. We have a lot of kids and families
who show up regularly or every day. It’s always great to see the friendships and relationships
that already exist in the neighborhood, and to watch and help new ones form. 
So come by Harriet and Sayles Park! Bring clothes you can get wet for the full experience!

2019 Leader Series: Divine Smith, Father Lennon Park

Camden street park (Father lennon) blog post
“Come Play at Camden”
Right in the middle of camden street theres a big ol park named Father Lennon park, otherwise

known as Camden St. Park, and in the summer its full of children and teens playing or loking for something to do in the heat. At Playcorps we help fuel and support childrens free-play, imagination and creativity during the summer, while helping provide free summer lunches to can them active, healthy and fed so they can continue to play. At Camden st. Park we have 4 amazing staff that consists of me (Divine), Davannah, Kiara and Sarah. Our staff of play workers help provide a safe, clean, and creative environment for children to play.
Here are some examples of the fun and amazing things that happens at our park,

Improvised Water Slide: 

And this week we were lucky to have a party in the park, here are some of the great times we had : 

Now that you've seen what we been up to at our park, come and play at Camden, whether its to use the Selim-Rogers rec and pool that's right next door, the playground or the parkour
Corner, there's always fun to be had at Camden St. Park.

/-Divine Smith

2019 PlayCorps Leader Series: Mecca, Wallace (Forys Playground)

Wallace Street Park (Forys) Blog post

“Welcome to Wallace!”

It has been a very hot and exciting start to the summer this year! This will be my fourth summer with Playcorps and is certainly shaping out to be one of my favorites. Having two lunch staff this year has made it a smoother process for kids to receive their lunch and for us to document how many kids in the city are getting a much-needed meal to fuel them for all of their adventurous summer play! Additionally, Wallace park has two recreation staff to help monitor our Splash pad that stays open from noon until 7 pm in the evening. Then there is Playcorps; Myself, Yahira, and Lesley, who keep the park bustling with creativity, action, and crafts. We all work together to ensure that Wallace park, which can sometimes feel like it is tucked away deep within the Silverlake neighborhood of Providence, is a refuge for children, teens, and families for when they want to get out and just have a little fun. 

For those wondering what we have been up to so far this summer, here is how our week has gone:

Masks and Jewelry making in the Shade

Super Heroes and Robots imaginary play

Musical Instrument Making and Decoration

Basketball and “Pass the Ball”

Decorating the Playground

Chalking the Storage Hut

Dirt Designs and Constructing Ant Homes

“Hot Potato” in the Splashpad

So Wallace park is filled with laughter and imagination from 10 am to 7 pm and even longer, as those in the neighborhood feel ownership of their park, and utilize it after “working hours” to exercise along the paths, play soccer games with friends in their fields, shoot hoops, and have picnics at sunset. We hope you will come by and join us!

Welcome back to Summer!

We've been counting down the days and FINALLY it is here! SUMMER!

It's time to have some fun in the sun and let your cares melt away!

With Summer comes PlayCorps! My name is Chelsea and I am the director of Providence PlayCorps for Summer 2019!

I am a music teacher and I am so excited to let my inner child out this summer by leading this awesome team of play workers throughout the city if Providence.

PlayCorps brings children back to the basics of play away from screens and allows them to explore and learn by using their creativity and imagination. It is only week two and I have seen so many smiles, heard a lot of giggles, and seen a couple of great messes! Kids turn anything into magic when given the chance to explore.

Having taught in the city for 2 years now I have seen many of my students. This program is an amazing program that lets kids just be kids.

If you are looking for something for your kids to do this summer please feel free to visit any of our 6 sites! Our teams of play workers are ready to make today the best day of your summer!

If your kids are ready to make art, music, build, and get messy! PlayCorps is the place to be!

About Providence PlayCorps

Providence PlayCorps aims to activate neighborhood parks across the city with free play, art, and creative exploration in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program. 

Teams of trained play facilitators are a consistent presence at neighborhood parks throughout Providence.  They provide activities and materials to engage neighborhood children in physically active play, improving the overall safety of the parks while encouraging more children to take advantage of free, nutritious summer meals.  By working in neighborhood parks, PlayCorps fills the gap when school is out to ensure that Providence youth are safe, active, fed, and healthy over the summer.

Play activities take place from July 2 to August 17, 2018 (Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM) in these parks:
  • Father Lennon/Camden Street Park
  • General Street Park 
  • Harriet & Sayles Park 
  • Bucklin Park 
  • Wallace Street Park

Join PlayCorps members for an exciting summer of play.  Enjoy a free summer meal (18 and under) and build forts, blow bubbles, make art, make music, explore nature, make friends, and SO much more!

For updates and activity announcements, follow PlayCorps on Facebook - Happy Summer!