We know that unstructured outdoor play leads to happier, healthier and smarter children! Leave No Child Inside wants to encourage a return to the joyful, creative outdoor play activities that should be the birthright of all children. The Child-Friendly Backyard contest is a fun way to encourage parents to allocate space for these safe, unstructured play areas. The measure of success for a Child-Friendly Backyard is that it will be a place your children and their friends will want to spend time playing, imagining and learning for many years to come! Judging is based upon your use of space, not the size of your yard. To see photos of last year’s contest winners, click here. For ideas on how to create a Child-Friendly Backyard, click here.
Entry forms must be submitted by August 15, 2009. The entries will be judged by Corina Bullock of the Civic Garden Center, Roberta Paolo of Granny’s Garden School and Susan Vonderhaar, of Dater Montessori. To be eligible for awards, yards must be within a thirty mile radius of Downtown Cincinnati. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in the fall of 2009.