A place for all children and families to play, explore, grow, and restore in downtown Kalamazoo.

Meet our Executive Director, Nora Seilheimer!

We open for the 2024 Season on Saturday, 6/1! 

Can't wait? Join us for our off-season events in April and May:

4/21 Kalamazoo Earth Day Children's Festival, 12PM-3PM

5/11 FreePlay: Annual Bike Show, 10AM-2PM 

5/22 FreePlay: Party in the Park with KPL, 10AM-12PM

see our calendar for more details!

Water Feature Fun

Natural Exploration

Climbing and Jumping

Phase two is nearly complete! Keep an eye out for our Learning Pavilion and nature-inspired instruments this spring!

The Children's Nature Playscape on Bronson Park is a project dedicated to transforming a reclaimed green space into a nature park for the children of Kalamazoo. Children’s Nature Playscape fosters the cultural, emotional, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development of children and families. 

Project Goals


Create a socially and environmentally responsible area in downtown Kalamazoo designed for the enrichment of youth in the community.


Empower the community to understand play in nature as a way of strengthening family bonds and improving overall health.


Promote equitable access to nature by intentionally interrupting disparities in access to nature.

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