About this host
We live in a cohousing community intown, and our neighborhood is VERY safe for kids! School-age children can play outside freely in our community playground, borrow a community bike and helmet, and make friends with the neighbors as well as my kids! If you believe in the importance of outdoor free play and wish your child had more of it, send them here for a play date. We also enjoy messy play with slime, impromptu theatrical productions, and occasional songwriting jams with my guitar.
11 year old girl, 7 year old boy, and hippie mom. Our house often has a spare neighbor or two hanging out in the LEGO room.
Downstairs includes snacks, books, and the craft table. Upstairs has a playroom with two LEGO tables, a pile of stuffed animals, all sorts of blocks and toys, and of course more books. Outdoors has a community playground, a bunch of shared bikes and scooters, and a whole gaggle of friends to play with.
Interaction with Guests
For kids older than 3, I don’t continually supervise. I will explain the limits of outdoor roaming (and ask my kids to make sure they stay inside limits), and I will give them a tour to see all the toys, and then where they go is up to them! For younger kids, of course, I will always be close enough to see them (and within arm’s length if they’re climbing on the playground), and kids under 3 aren’t allowed in the playroom since it has a lot of small toys (I will bring the toddler toys basket downstairs for younger ones).
Other Things to Note
You may have a hard time convincing your kids to leave. :)
1. Be kind to yourself, to others, and to nature.
2. Ask for consent with your words.
3. Play in the sidewalks and the playground, not the parking lot.
4. Ask for help if you need it.
5. All emotions are always allowed, and you can always express whatever emotion you’re feeling, but don’t hurt others when you express them.