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The benefits of play for youth are many. Whether it be improving academic learning, decreasing anxiety and depression, or developing focus, coordination, and cooperation in a fun way, play is a great way to improve the overall health and wellness of our children. Join us for many fun adventures for kids and families throughout Sheboygan County. 

Bring back the fun in 2021!

Play is Healing in Sheboygan County

Join us in 2021 for a community initiative promoting wellness and healing from the collective trauma of the pandemic. Above and Beyond Children’s Museum, Mental Health America in Sheboygan County, the Sheboygan YMCA, and the Sheboygan Rec Department collaborating with additional community partners, have teamed up to provide playful educational opportunities developed to support our community’s overall health and well-being.

A Mindful Recess: Online Classes

Our first offering, "A Mindful Recess", was an 8-week series guided by MHA of Sheboygan County Wellness Director Rachael Haas, to boost brain and body health with a mindful calming, focusing, and movement break from virtual schooling. Included in the pre-recorded sessions are playful mindfulness and fitness movements for calming and focus, balance and coordination, strength and flexibility, and finishing with gratitude while refocusing back on learning. Videos were recorded and inspired by different exhibits at the Above and Beyond Children's Museum as well as areas within the Sheboygan YMCA. PLEASE WATCH VIDEOS AND GIVE US FEEDBACK! Fill out our Evaluation Survey and receive a complimentary pass to either the ABCM or YMCA.

Fall/Winter 2021 Playtime POP-ups

Please join us this fall and winter for Playtime POP-ups at various locations in the community. Involved organizations will have a booth or table providing activities, play equipment, games, art projects, and structured or unstructured play opportunities according to each event's theme that are great for elementary students and their families. 

$1/person/event. ADULT CAREGIVERS MUST STAY ON SITE.
*If budget is an issue, please contact Jackie at jackie@abkids.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Bouncy Balls & Balance Deland Park 1-3pm
  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 Kite Flying for Mindful Joy Christopher Farm and Gardens 9:30-12:30pm
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29 Curious Creations Halloween Party Above and Beyond Children's Museum 1-3pm
  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Respectful Playtime Fun Early Learning Center 9-11am
  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29 Connect & Cooperate with Playful Movement Sheboygan YMCA 1-3pm

Mental & Emotional Health Benefits of Play

The benefits of play for youth are many. Whether it be improving academic learning, decreasing anxiety and depression, or developing focus, coordination, and cooperation in a fun way, play is a great way to improve the overall health and wellness of our children. See below for just some of the benefits of play:

  • Enhances brain structure and function
  • Promotes executive functioning – the process of learning that helps us focus while ignoring distractions
  • Reduces and manages toxic stress while building resilience
  • Decreases symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Improves self-regulation and body awareness
  • Promotes social emotional learning and healthy connection with others
  • Supports safe and nurturing environments and relationships
  • Improves motor skills, coordination, self-esteem, and confidence
  • Inspires creative thinking
  • Provides learning opportunities regarding success and failure

Check out some great resources on the benefits of play for our youth!

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