The Loose Parts Lending Kits are a collection of items that are used to build and create in a free, unstructured environment. Our kits contain natural materials, animal figurines, string, fabric and more!
Loose parts nature play promotes creativity, imagination, cooperation and communication, and fosters connection to nature and stewardship values.
Where to Get One
Kits are housed at three locations in Austin. Adopt-a-Park Groups who wish to borrow the kits may check them out from one of the following sites:
- North Austin YMCA- 1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78758
- Austin Parks Foundation- 1023 Springdale Rd #4B, Austin, TX 78721
- AISD Science and Health Resource Center- 305 N Bluff Dr, Austin, TX 78745
We offer two types of kits:
- Large parts building kit - weighs about 20lbs and contains bamboo poles, large sticks, string and fabric meant for building
- Small parts kit - weighs about 40lbs and contains rocks, shells, tree cookies, and animal figurines meant for free play.
Both kits are housed in large 4ft by 2ft by 2ft containers and contain a materials list and an overview page on how to use the materials in the kit. You may check out just one or both types of kits at a time, but may only reserve kits from one check-out location at a time. Reservations are subject to availability and are processed in order of request.
Borrow One Today!
Step 1. Fill out our Online Check-out Form.
Step 2. Borrow a Kit from one of our three locations.
Step 3. Host your Activity.
Step 4. Return Kit within one week.
Step 5. Fill out our Wrap-Up Report.
Please Contact Melody Alcazar at Melody.Alcazar@austintexas.gov or (512) 974-9466