Play is something we need to continue to develop from children to adults alike. Our standard casual session is called Casual Play and at the Ninja Parc we place PLAY at the top of our list of priorities. Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children, youth and adults. Although we take safety seriously and have some rules PLAY is mostly unstructured. There is countless evidence that suggests that unstructured, self-driven play is important.
What happens in Casual Play sessions?
In these sessions you have full use of the obstacles at the Ninja Parc and you can do as much or as little as you like in almost any order. FreePlay means that you can attempt individual obstacles, groups of obstacles, or the entire course, at your own speed with no pressure to do more than you want to. This makes Playing at the Ninja Parc unique.
Trained Parc Rangers will patrol the Parc to ensure your safety but also to give you minor tips and hints to make yourself more efficient on the course. You have up to 1 hour to Play and if you need a break, grab a snack or a drink from the Café. You’ll love it.
Why is free, unstructured play so important?
There are lots of reasons, some are:
- Play is important to healthy development of the brain;
- Undirected play helps us learn how to work collaboratively and learn self-advocacy skills;
- When play is self-driven, individuals practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover areas of interest on their own, and ultimately engage fully in the chosen activity;
- When play is controlled too much, we have to follow rules and concerns (like winning) and lose some of the benefits play offers them, particularly in developing creativity;
- Play allows for us to interact with others, and
- Free, self-driven, creative play protects against the effects of pressure and stress.
Experts suggest another benefit of free, unstructured play: that individuals who spend more time in free, unstructured play suffer significantly fewer overuse injuries.
Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. The Ninja Parc is a great way to steal some PLAY back.
The Ninja Parc is open for Casual Play sessions during all opening hours.