It's simple. Kids need to play. And it's not all fun and games. The truth is, play allows kids to develop healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally.
Despite the importance of play, it is often relegated to the "nice to do" column, pushed down by the "need to do"'s of work, school, and extra curriculars. However, in cities like Austin and San Francisco, parks and recreation departments and non-profit organizations are stepping in to develop more opportunities for play to occur.
Read more about their efforts at Toca Boca: Cool, Unique Ways Cities Are Encouraging Play | A new way to play | Toca Boca