Free Play at the PlayGarden

Kids of ALL abilities deserve to PLAY! We host Free Play hours to increase access to nature-rich free play opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their friends and family.

Free Play is also a time to connect with community partners and members who share in our mission to end the stigma and exclusion of people with disabilities in our community. 

NO fees. NO registration. Just come PLAY!

A PlayGarden counselor junior counselor and child smile while carving a pumpkin.

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Fall Harvest Fest!

We had so much fun at Harvest Fest- carving pumpkins, making s’mores around the campfire, visiting with the animals, taking silly Fall photos, and of course, enjoying the pie potluck! One parent remarked “It really feels like we are part of a community this time!” We  couldn’t agree more.  With each event we host- our parent discussion nights, annual luncheons, May Madness, session of wheelchair basketball, or Harvest Fest the bonds between our current and former preschoolers, summer camp kids, their friends and family,  staff past and present, seem to grow even stronger.   So thank you to all who came out to celebrate Fall, connect with the garden and one another. We love our  ever-growing PlayGarden community!

We can’t wait to see new and familiar faces from preschool, summer camp and the neighborhood at our winter solstice event!

Free Play Days & Hours

We had so much fun during Free Play this summer! Please check back in Spring 2024 for Summer 2024 dates and hours.

What Happens at Free Play?

You will be greeted by friendly staff that will welcome you, give you a tour, answer your questions, provide information on PlayGarden programs and most importantly, will engage kids of all ages and abilities in inclusive play experiences. Each session offers seasonal and culturally relevant activities such as gardening, cooking classes, music classes, dance, movement activities, art, construction and more!

Free Wheelchair Basketball 

Check back in Spring 2024 for more information.

For questions about the wheelchair basketball program please contact Lead organizer and coach, Nick Weiss at 

Wheelchair Basketball promotion for 2023

Community Partnerships

The PlayGarden has partners with Seattle Adaptive Sports, The EEU, Outdoors for All, Kids Carpentry, Seattle Happy Feet, Art with Arni, Young Women Empowered (Y-We), Shirin’s Kitchen, Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Syed Taqi from Seattle Capoeira Center, Amara, The Downs Syndrome Community of Puget Sound and many more local organizations to provide a range of diverse programming and activities for families. Interested in building a community partnership with the PlayGarden? Please contact our Inclusive Programs Director, Hannah Gallagher for more information.