Why Play?

Mike McHorney

Educational

Real-World Benefits

Although formal academics and structured activities are important, research shows that child-directed play is critical for healthy emotional, cognitive and social development. In other words, it might look like a child is “just playing,” but under the surface she is actually solving problems, learning language, developing empathy and strengthening self-regulation.

In a society where kids often bounce from one structured event to another, it’s more important than ever to protect places where kids are in charge, play’s the word and the only rule is that you must have fun.

Through hands-on exhibits and interactive programming at the Children's Museum, kids can see, touch, learn and grow their way through important developmental milestones. This is called the power of play.

Want to learn more about the importance of play for your child?

We pulled together some of the best research and put it all in one convenient and clickable place. New research and articles are added frequently. Visit the links below to get started!

Dreamed of Being
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Mike McHorney
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Graduated UWEC in 2007, Michael is from Eau Claire, WI and has been at the Museum since 2015.