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Jungle Gym Play

Jungle gym play is an unstructured children’s activity that involves free play and climbing on park structures, called "jungle gyms." Jungle gyms feature a variety of structures, such as monkey bars, slides, ladders, and poles, which permit children to play and explore on the structure. Jungle gyms allow for individual play, and can also be sites for other children's games such tag or hide and seek. Most elementary schoolyards and public parks feature a jungle gym.

Is this activity known by any other names?


What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

The exact origins of jungle gyms are not clear, but they began to be introduced in North American cities in the late-19th Century. They are now ubiquitous in children's playgrounds across Canada.

Who takes part?

Male and female children from diverse ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Jungle gym play occurs informally year round, although it is most popular in non-winter months.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Jungle gym play is an informal activity.

Cultural Significance


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Physical Game
  • Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
    750 Spadina Ave
    Toronto, ON M5S 2J2
  • Woodbine Park
    1695 Queen St E
    Toronto, ON M4L 1G7
  • Trinity Bellwoods Park
    790 Queen St W
    Toronto, ON M6J 1G3
  • Playground Paradise
    150 Grenoble Drive
    North York, ON M3C 1E3
  • Lil Monkeys Playground
    3250 Harvester Road
    Unit 5
    Burlington, ON L7N 3W9
  • Bunch of Fun Playland
    11 Kodiak Crescen
    Suite B
    North York, ON M3J 3E5
  • Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds
    250 Charlton Ave W
    Hamilton, ON L8P 2E2
  • Bayfront Park
    200 Harbour Front Dr
    Hamilton, ON L8L 1C8
  • Jumpsations Templemead Elementary School
    62 Templemead Drive
    Hamilton, ON L8W 3Z7
  • Ray Lewis Elementary School
    27 Jessica St
    Hamilton, ON L8W 4A1
  • Holy Cross Elementary School
    222 Maple Ave
    Georgetown, ON L7G 1X2
  • St. Clare Catholic Elementary School
    124 Northcliffe Blvd
    Toronto, ON M6E 3K4

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