Our Lantern Walk is designed to help kids big and small welcome and see the beauty in the darkness of the end of Daylight Saving time (aka "Fall back"). For our family and yours, we hope it becomes a magical, annual tradition. At the very least, it's a chance to be out in the wild at night! Click here to read more about the event. Read more about why we think this is a super opportunity for you and your kids in our DIY "Fall Lanterns" activity.
Families will gather before dusk, light lanterns and enjoy an outdoor walk in the park. Please meet at the meeting spot on the map.
What do YOU need to bring?
For families with young kids, spending purposeful time outside is more important than ever. To thrive in this dynamic world, children need outdoor play experiences that deliver the hands-on lessons, valuable social interactions, and restorative activity that can’t be gained from the tap of a screen. As parents, it’s our job to ensure they engage in these experiences early and often. But how?
While finding ways to create enriching outdoor moments is essential, it isn’t always easy. Getting outside might be a simple first step, but for a lot of us, knowing what to do next—and how to make it count— just doesn’t come naturally.
We’ve been there. That’s why we started Tinkergarten.
Tinkergarten helps families get outside to make the most of their kids’ early learning years. Designed by education experts and loved by busy families throughout the United States, our play-based outdoor curriculum guides parents in raising healthy, confident, and capable kids. Tinkergarten makes purposeful outdoor play doable for every family—rain or shine.
By far my favorite day of the week. I love having a dedicated time to spend outside with my toddler doing nothing but following his lead in play. It calms, centers, and recharges me.
My 2.5 year old loves it too, of course! The rest of the week after or class he is singing the songs, talking about what he saw and did, and recreating the play we engaged in during our class.
Tinkergarten has been the perfect blend of structure and free play for our 3 year old son and his class! They all look forward to the class time each week. My son has also incorporated many of the ideas into his own outdoor play at our home and in school. We take our "nature bucket" to the park, lake, and sometimes school to share with friends. Nature is such an important part of our lives and we are so happy to have found this wonderful, fun class.
David E. S.
I'll admit that we were skeptical at first. How much fun could we have playing at the park? Well, I am blown away. Tinkergarten has quickly become a highlight of my 2.5 year old's week. The play based learning approach has opened the door to lot of unexpected experiences. We have learned about sharing, worms, how to make mud, how to find sticks, how not to hit our friends with our sticks and many other great lessons. The learning is not over when we leave. We see the crossover in his play at home too. His imagination takes him the best journey's and I see linkage with the Tinkergarten experience almost everyday. Finally (and somewhat selfishly), Tinkergarten has provided some dedicated Dad and son time. I am not sure I would consistently set aside the time on Saturday morning to go to the park and play in nature unless we had our group. For that, Dad is very thankful. I highly recommend this experience for any family that loves learning and playing at the same time in the beautiful outdoors.
I discovered Tinkergarten last summer when I was looking for fun nature based activities to do at my son's third birthday party. We ended up making bubble wands and the kids loved it- Now, Tinkergarten classes are available in my community and I couldn't be more pleased. This company has pushed me to become a better mother and educator- to not be afraid to get my own hands dirty. Now, my kids don't whine when I tell them it's time to go outside. They are the ones dragging me out the door and that makes me so happy.
My little ones have done three seasons of Tinkergarten and LOVE it. There is a perfect combination of structure and predictability and free time for play and exploration. They have developed teamwork and empathy skills as well as creativity, confidence and independence. Tinkergarten instills a love and appreciation for the beautiful world around us which I feel is very important in this culture of overwhelming technology.
Mom to a 3-year-old
I loved that she was so self-sufficient...and it's just great to be in the park getting a little grimy every week.
Dad to a 6-year-old
I really like the mission, and the instructors are incredibly prepared and engaged, and really wonderful with the kids. This could have easily been just another walk through the park, but you guys made it much more. Many thanks.
Mom to a 3-year-old
I learned how and when to step back and let my son be himself in certain situations. That was a lesson that I needed so much as a parent. The leader was able to communicate this in such a gentle and generalized way that I was able to step back and see myself. Not only was that a useful lesson, it was life changing.