You are currently located in Ashburn, VA Change Location

Play is Learning

Outdoor classes where kids learn through play

See Classes

Play is Learning

Outdoor classes where kids learn through play

See Classes

We are looking for leaders everywhere. Nominate a leader.

Join The Movement

1312

Leaders

45

States

Tinkergarten Map

1312

Leaders

45

States

84K+

Kids Outside

84K+

Kids
Outside

Why It Matters

Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun! Learn more about our approach.

Building A Foundation

“Nearly all developmental psychologists, neuroscientists and education experts recommend play for kids 0-7 as the best way to nurture kids’ development and ready them for academic success later in life.”

Scientific American

Sensory photo
tinkergarten sensory skill

Sensory

Problem solving photo
tinkergarten problem solving skill

Problem Solving

Focus photo
tinkergarten focus and self control skill

Focus

Communication photo
tinkergarten communication skill

Communication

Motor skills photo
tinkergarten fine and gross motor skills

Motor Skills

Empathy photo
tinkergarten empathy skill

Empathy

Connections photo
tinkergarten teamwork and collaboration skill

Collaboration

Creativity photo
tinkergarten creativity and imagination skill

Creativity

Exceptional Leaders

Exceptional leaders

“I’ve got a whole new definition of what work can be. I spend my time helping kids and parents in my community, and I’m learning more about myself than I ever have. I’m outdoors more, I get exercise, get messy and laugh, and my son tags along with me—I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”

Beth Ashley Tinkergarten Leader, Brooklyn, NY
Avatar large family00015 1
Jena Glasgow
Fresno, CA
Avatar large 7886f40e 0b34 4a3b 8178 48d77d1bc3d0
Brittney Perry
Chandler, AZ
Avatar large image
Sarah Clem
Plymouth, MA
Avatar large img 20170716 015716
Lydia Sargent
Columbus, IN
Avatar large tinergarten
Adrienne Stelly
Denton, TX
Avatar large 20160719 121258
Becca Dillenbeck
Tehachapi, CA

What Parents Think

Testimonial 1

“This was the first time I haven't felt like a bad parent for having a child that wanted to play in the water instead of sitting in a circle. This is a great experience for both of us.”

Gillian S. Mom to a 3-year-old (Brooklyn, NY)
Testimonial 2

"Tinkergarten let him play in him own way, so I didn't have to worry about my son as a non-participant."

Michael B. Dad to a 4-year-old (Seattle, WA)
Testimonial 3

“My youngest was more independent in this class than any other we’ve taken.”

Julie K. Mom to a 3-year old (Houston, TX)

Still Getting Your Feet Wet?

Try a DIY activity.

Mystery Trail Walk

3 to 8 Under 1 hour

Hide and Sound

3 to 8+ Under 1 hour

Hide and Seek - Big Tinkers

6 to 8+ 1 hour+

Parts and Wholes

0 to 8+ 1 hour+