Spaces For Play, INC is a woman owned family business with over 22 years of experience in the design and construction of over 1500 playgrounds. We represent the world’s leaders in recycled plastic for commercial playground equipment. Our products are made 100% in the USA and help provide jobs within local communities. Our philosophy is to create learning environments for aspiring young children. Each client will be provided with a custom design to fit their program’s needs and we will work hand in hand to bring your playground dreams to life.
Custom Playground Designs
Spaces For Play, (SFP) blends design, education, and play theory into practice. Working together to provide an accessible nature-based learning center that invigorates and motivate children and teachers in the outdoor learning environments.
SFP will provide Auto CAD designs for new or enhance play areas that supports a variety of educational goals.
Auto CAD designs that provide the construction information needed to develop a detail cost proposal.
SFP will also provide an equipment photo plan to help the client visualize what each product looks like
Additional: SFP offers a full 3D conceptual rendering of what the playground will look like after installation
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
Our Design Team
Sara L. Kreiss
Sara is an educational design consultant and founder of Spaces for Play. Her twelve years of experience includes teaching and directing young children and university students. Sara has published educational articles and is a continual speaker at various conferences on playground design, safety, and accessibility on outdoor natural learning environments.
In addition to her advanced degrees in education, she has successfully completed the requirements to become a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) and is also certified with the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS).
Sara has participated in the international forum, presented by Reggio Children in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She continued to attend conferences in New Zealand and Australia, as well as engaged in a training program with Nature Explore. She went forth with her studies of "Nature Preschools" by traveling to Scotland, Ireland, Prague, and Waldkindergarten in Berlin, Germany (Forest Schools). She is the US Representative for the Scottish forest school-Mindstretchers, INC.
Currently, Spaces For Play averages between $1.5-2.3 million in annual projects, estimating 75-100 projects yearly. Sara has created over fifteen hundred custom play environments per her 21 year playground career. Many of these projects have been developed for child care centers, schools, military bases, and public parks.
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT SPACES FOR PLAY,
EC/Elem., MA, CPSI, NPPS
DESIGN CONSULTANT SPACES FOR PLAY,
BA, Elem/ECE CPSI
Andrew’s interest in facilitating high quality outdoor learning experiences began over three decades ago. While in college at the University of Florida, he volunteered on the playground of Baby Gators, the on-campus early childhood development center. After graduation, he went on to teach first grade, direct an employee-sponsored, NAEYC-accredited child development center and work as a quality improvement mentor.
In 1995, Andrew entered the playground industry as a full time salesperson for a major equipment manufacturer. He has been a Certified Playground Safety Inspector since 1996. Over the years, he has designed and implemented hundreds of playgrounds for customers including US military bases, schools, religious organizations, municipalities, homeowner associations and apartment/condo developments.
Andrew believes that the best outdoor play and learning environments start with a plan developed through a collaboration between all of the stakeholders; supervising staff, administration, manufacturers, installation contractors and maintenance personnel. Well-planned, implemented and maintained playgrounds that are used extensively every day help foster physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth and development in children.
Samantha and Mackenzie, Andrew’s beautiful young granddaughters, are helping him to stay closely in touch with the needs of young children and their parents.
Why Use Spaces For Play,INC?
Upcoming Speaking Events
If you are interested in attending any of Sara's speaking events, inservice training, workshops, or conferences click here to find out where she will be speaking and presenting next! As well as any of the downloadable flyer content from her workshops! To schedule a speaking event with Sara, please contact her at 708-404-7272
Note: Images above represent the same playground design