Make & Play Fest
Join us on the first Saturday of April, May and June because PopUpPlay is transforming the Rail Park into an unforgettable outdoor maker space. We’ll use upcycled materials like cardboard, egg cartons, pool noodles, hula hoops and bamboo sticks to transform the park. Our monthly maker space play fests will include local neighborhood business partners and area resources. Come out and build! This event is FREE and open to the public.
April: Make Things Fly
Come out to make things fly in our ultimate outdoor upcycled makerspace. Families can design and build kites, hot air balloons, airplanes, catapults and even blow some giant bubbles. Join us to transform Rail Park into a creative aeronautics lab for the day.
May: Ultimate Mini Golf
Build a huge Philadelphia mini-golf course with PopUpPlay. Each family will use a variety of materials to build their own mini-golf hole. Play your hole and others for a giant community game.
June: Fantastic Forts
Build an amazing hideaway on Rail Park. We’ll have 6 foot bamboo, lots of tape, sheets, and upcycled building materials… you bring the imagination. Or if life sized isn’t your thing- work in miniature. We’ll also build fairy gardens and miniature cities.
Activities are led by PopUpPlay and Partners:
PopUpPlay is passionate about the idea that people of ALL ages learn best through playful experience and hands-on practice. PopUpPlay emerged out of our combined efforts to:
• Show that play doesn’t require fancy equipment or toys- there are awesome activities in your kitchen, on your stoop or in your recycling bin.
• Inspire families to ‘risk’ a more playful approach to learning; and
• Demonstrate the power of play for both families, children and youth participants.
About Parks for Chinatown
The Parks for Chinatown initiative was started by Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, and Friends of Rail Park. It aims to encourage local Chinatown audiences to engage with their neighborhood public spaces, and highlight the cultural activities of neighborhood cultural stakeholders and organizations.
This event made possible by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.