Bongobenny Quintet! Seattle Children’s PlayGarden to celebrate installation of Trimpin sound sculpture; Public-nonprofit partnership created park for children of all abilities; fundraiser supports garden
Join the Children’s PlayGarden, a nonprofit partner of Seattle Parks and Recreation, to celebrate the installation of artist Trimpin’s Bongobenny Quartet, a musical fence. The event takes place at the Playgarden in Colman Playground, 1740 23rd Ave. S, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4.
Guests will meet Trimpin, a world-renowned sound artist and pioneer in the field of computer-programmed instruments and “sound sculptures” and enjoy theatrics by Teatro ZinZanni performers and the debut performance of the PlayGarden Children’s Choir.
Tickets are $150 for adults and there is no fee for children 12 and younger. Proceeds from this fundraiser support the work of Children’s PlayGarden. For more information on the PlayGarden, please go to http://www.childrensplaygarden.org/.
The PlayGarden came about as the result of a collaboration between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Children’s Playgarden to build a park that offers facilities, features and programs for children with special needs. It took some time, but the result is a beautiful park that offers gardening spaces, specialized butterfly and herb gardens, accessible play equipment, a basketball court, and climbing mounds. The park development, funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, also included renovation of the existing Shelterhouse and a new 1,400-square-foot Garden House.
The Children’s PlayGarden opened a preschool in fall 2010, and offers school-break and summer camps, play dates, classes, and celebrations such as the Earth Day event in April, Summer Barbecue in August, and Harvest Festival in October. All programs integrate children with special needs with typically developing children. Programs are often multi-age, to maximize the opportunity for siblings and friends to attend together.
Summer opportunities at the PlayGarden include Summer PlayDates with staff is onsite running art, sport, science, and gardening and outdoor play activities; Parent Child Play Groups: led by PlayGarden staff; Summer Camps from June-August; and field trips. For more information, please go to http://www.childrensplaygarden.org/html/programs.html.