Cohousing is a paradise for children, and it also makes parents’ lives easier knowing that their kids can go out of the house, down to the common house or outside to play, and they’ll be safe. If the kids are young, someone will need to be supervising, but one parent can supervise a couple of other kids in addition to his or her own. Often parents take a cup of coffee to the common house and relax with a book, while their children play nearby. Chances are one of the neighbours will walk by, and stop for some conversation. Chuck Durrett used to say that in cohousing it can take you an hour to get from your car to your house due to an unscheduled stop on the way for a beer with your neighbour.
In our community, there is a playroom full of large foam blocks as well as a swing and a ladder, and it’s a magnet for children of all ages. We have a thick foam on the floor so that falls are cushioned and injuries prevented. In addition to loud boisterous play, children also sit down at the small table and do crafts or hold a tea party.
Other children’s play activities include selling lemonade in the common house square, performing plays or songs on our stage, dressing up and having battles of some sort, and running wildly down the street screaming at the top of their lungs. Okay, that’s discouraged, so it doesn’t last too long.
Outdoor play areas include swings, two play structures in different locations, a trampoline, a sandbox, trails, and a creek that’s pretty dry right now for exploring. Who wouldn’t want to be a kid in cohousing?
Actually, you don’t have to be a kid to have fun here….