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Defenders of Playtime!

Why we do what we do!

We believe that playtime is the most important time of the day for kids from 1 to 100, and we incorporate the spirit of play into everything we do at Henry Bear's Park. Through play, we learn and grow and explore the world around us, and having the right tools and toys to play with can help develop curious minds, strong bodies, and invaluable social skills. So let's make time to play!

What Makes a Thoughtfully Designed Toy?


Inspires Active Participation

A thoughtfully designed toy engages children's senses and encourages interaction and active play. It is not only more fun but also promotes healthier development than passively watching a screen or observing a toy that does all the work.


Made from sturdy, durable materials

Nothing's worse than a toy that breaks after the first couple of uses! A thoughtfully designed toy is made of safe, sturdy materials that hold up to enthusiastic play time and again.


Encourages open-ended play

Playtime is when children can most freely explore the power of imagination. A thoughtfully designed toy allows for play in multiple ways depending on the child, the day, the setting, and the mood. On the other hand, a toy that provides only one way to play, or only one storyline, or is marketed to only one gender identity puts unnecessary limits on a child's imaginative capability.

“Play isn't something separate from the daily grind of life, it is not something to finally get to when work ends. Rather, play, like music, is a force that we feel in our bones and that whispers in our heart. As kids demonstrate, play is not over there, but forever here and now.”
— Vince Gowmon