Healthier Play for Everyone

THE HEALTH & WELLNESS BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR PLAY

There has never been a more important time for families, healthcare professionals and educators to make outdoor play a priority for everyone in the community. It is one of the best things that we can do for the health and well-being of everybody.

INVESTING IN THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF YOUR COMMUNITY

Play in the United States over the last century has gone from being almost exclusively an outdoor activity to one that is often situated indoors in front of televisions and computers. Research shows that children who play outdoors regularly are happier, healthier, and stronger — and this leads to happier, healthier, and stronger adults.

Magical Bridge Foundation is dedicated to designing and building inspiring, innovative, and inclusive playgrounds that improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health of everyone in the community, including our youth, our aging population, the most vulnerable, and the disabled.

ALIGNING WITH COMMUNITY HEALTH INITIATIVES

Magical Bridge Foundation is pleased to work closely with a diverse set of community and healthcare organizations to improve the health and well being of communities through our groundbreaking playgrounds.

With its message of kindness and inclusion, a Magical Bridge Playground is not only a place where everyone can experience the health benefits of outdoor play, it also becomes a thriving gathering place for your community, with opportunities for programs, outreach events, and performances. Magical Bridge illustrates the value your community places on the health and wellness of everyone.

Partnering to Build Stronger, Healthier Communities

Join Magical Bridge Foundation in bringing a truly innovative and inclusive playground to your community!

Outdoor play helps maintain physical, emotional, psychological, and social well-being for us all. By giving children with and without disabilities a chance to play together, inclusive spaces serve as joyful incubator of a more tolerant and kind society, in which children with disabilities can participate equally and enjoy equal opportunities to flourish.

At Magical Bridge Playground, everyone can experience the benefits of outdoor play, which:

  • Increases physical activity
  • Improves cardiovascular and gross motor skills
  • Promotes increased blood flow to the brain, leading to cognitive development
  • Improves concentration
  • Nurtures self-discipline
  • Reduces symptoms of ADHD and ADD
  • Improves and teaches vocabulary
  • Increases the body’s vitamin D levels
  • Enhances negotiation skills
  • Reduces anxiety and improving mood
  • Improves concentration and focus
  • Enhances imaginative and creative play
  • Promotes problem solving
  • Develops stronger immune systems
  • Builds self-esteem and confidence

Not just for children, regular exercise and play for the aging population helps to:

  • Prevent falls and fractures
  • Improve coordination and balance
  • Reduce the risk of strokes, heart disease, and some cancers
  • Lessen cognitive decline
  • Control obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure

Inclusive play develops a true understanding of the world, encourages appreciation of the differences between people, and more importantly, recognizes the similarities that underlie them.

Where Everyone Can Play

Building a caring and accepting community benefits everyone and at Magical Bridge, we believe a playground is the foundation for a lifetime of kindness.

It is important to note that only 10% of those with disabilities are physically affected; autism, cognitive and developmental issues, sensory challenges and many other differences make up the other 90%. Magical Bridge gives every child a place to experience the many physical, mental, and social benefits of outdoor play.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

Playing outside, whether it’s directed play or independent play, offers significant physical benefits to children with special needs including improvements in flexibility, muscle strength, and coordination. Getting active outdoors also helps to improve cardiovascular health and exercise endurance, which may help increase life expectancy. Regular outdoor play also helps children to improve body awareness, motor skills, and balance. Being out in the sun also provides children with vitamin D, and since many children with disabilities suffer from vitamin D deficiencies, regular exposure to the sun can be helpful.

MENTAL BENEFITS

Outdoor play provides special needs children with mental benefits, most especially, a boost in self-esteem. As children overcome obstacles and improve physical skills, it increases their self-confidence. They have the chance to experience personal satisfaction and accomplishment, which can improve their confidence in every area of life. Playing outdoors can also increase attention span. Kids learn to solve problems and collaborate when playing outdoors, building important mental skills. Outdoor play helps reduce stress, reducing a child’s risk for stress related issues, such as anxiety and depression.

SOCIAL BENEFITS

Children with special needs often have problems with social skills, and the social benefits of outdoor play can help address some of these problems. Playing outdoors often results in improved behavior, making it easier for children to build friendships with others. On the playground, children learn how to share, how to deal with conflict, and how to work in groups, all while having fun in a low-stress, outdoor environment. Outdoor play helps children overcome challenges and learn new skills, which promotes self-advocacy, resiliency, and self-confidence giving them the potential to build healthier relationships with others.

The Serious Side of Play

Children are spending more time in front of the screen than reading books, playing outside or engaging in extracurricular activities. Spending less time playing outdoors is linked to:

  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Type II diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Drug abuse and smoking
  • Bullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Stress

MAGICAL BRIDGE FOR HEALTHIER PLAY

Magical Bridge Playground, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, is heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive community playground, designed so everyone can play together. Since opening to the public in April 2015, this remarkable playground attracts visitors from around the world eager to replicate our playground model in their community.

JOIN US!

We are currently seeking partners to help bring the health and joy of Magical Bridge Playgrounds to more communities. Please contact us for partnership opportunities!

Jill Asher
650-520-8512
jill@magicalbridge.org

Olenka Villarreal
650-380-1557
olenka@magicalbridge.org