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Welcome to The Yard, New York City's only adventure playground located on Governors Island. play:groundNYC's signature program, The Yard, is excited to offer youth throughout the city, and beyond, another season of play. In order to have the best time possible we want to prepare you with a few tips. (en español)

What to Bring

Waivers: Each child will need a separate waiver to participate in either adventure play or family play area. We recommend you fill out the waiver ONLINE HERE prior to your visit.

Waivers are also available at the entrance of play:groundNYC where one of our staff or volunteers is able to answer any questions you may have.

Shoes: Closed-toe shoes are required on the adventure part of the play:ground because children are using tools like saws, hammers, nails and closed-toe shoes help protect children’s feet. We have a limited selection of loaner shoes on site.



Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm, May through October

The Yard is open to the public on WEEKENDS ONLY from May through October.  We are open RAIN or SHINE so expect your child to get messy!


The Yard is a kids-only space in which we supply young people with loose parts materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided are nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more. There are play:groundNYC trained playworkers in The Yard at all times. You can read more about The Yard here.

Cost- FREE!

We want all kids to be able to play!

However, your donations are critical to providing adventure play for free for children across the city. You can donate at the Yard or below. We appreciate whatever you can provide.



We do not allow parents into the The Yard. With the exception of the playworkers and the parents of kids with special needs, the adult-free space allows children to move freely on the site.

The main play area, staffed by playworkers, is recommended for ages 6 to 18 years old. The family adventure play area is intended for children under 6, where we ask for parent or adult caregiver supervision at all times.



From the Brooklyn Ferry turn right along the water. Take the second left turn and you will see The Yard on your right.

From the Manhattan Ferry walk up, turn left at the T junction. Once you pass the entrance to the Fort, turn right onto a path between houses and trees (Colonel’s Row). Walk straight until you reach The Yard.

Feel free to also explore the island, go on an adventure and find your own way to The Yard.

You can find the Governors Island ferry schedules here


Large Groups

Large groups such as birthday parties and organized visits need to be prearranged with play:groundNYC. If you would like to visit The Yard with a group of five or more children, please submit an inquiry about scheduling a private party or session. We cannot accommodate visits from other summer day camps, sorry.