Why Risky Play is Important, A ‘Chinese Menu’ for Lunar New Year

More speed, more heights, more tumbling, more fun? We discuss a new study about the importance of risky play and a new playground at FDR Park that puts it to the test.

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The images shows two circa 15-feet victorian bird cages and a slide.

The playground opened in October 2023 and encourages risky play. (Credit: Relief Communications, LLC)

Taking risks can be beneficial for child development and safety, and even reduce the likelihood of injuries. A new study suggests more speed, higher heights and rough and tumble play are hugely important for young kids. Dr. Mariana Brussoni, professor at the University of British Columbia, asks parents to take a step back and allow kids to let loose. And, a new playground at FDR Park puts it all to the test. We’ll talk with Meghan Talarowski, executive director of Studio Ludo, the local non-profit that helped design the adventure space for young and old Philadelphians.

Lunar New Year festivities started last weekend as families gathered to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dragon. Children’s book author Grace Lin and James Beard award-winning Philadelphia restaurateur Ellen Yin share their favorite traditions. Lin’s new book, Chinese Menu, tells the origins of Chinese and Chinese American foods, from fortune cookies to dumplings to Buddha’s delight. Ellen Yin shares her memories in the kitchen, which led her to The Wonton Project, serving up delicious food to combat anti-Asian hate.

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