Renowned author and counsellor, Dr. Deborah Macnamara, who became involved with West Side Family Place in the 2010s, emphasizes the profound impact of play on child development from early childhood through to the teenage years.

– Play fosters brain and emotional growth.

– It builds strong attachments.

– Encourages resilience and resourcefulness.

Strong human connections are key to helping kids thrive, and play preserves relationships and supports parents on the journey. West Side Family Place not only offers fun play activities and beautiful playgrounds but also provides crucial support for the adults who care for young children. Thanks Deborah for your kind words and celebrating 50 years of nurturing families with us!