ABOUT THE SPRING THING FLING
We found a good thing...
Our “Spring Thing Fling” is inspired by the success of our virtual Haunted House for Halloween 2020 where we set up a multi-room zoom party, each containing fun and unique activities and performances for the whole family. Our Spring Thing Fling will be a similar layout on zoom but this time the focus will be about all things Spring-like!
Just like our Haunted House, we are lining up performers, artists, and playworkers across the US to fill these rooms with musical performances, art activities, demos with nature experts and more!
Our director, Jeremiah Dockray will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and will chaperone guests to the various rooms and be the time keeper so everyone gets to partake in their preferred happening.
Since some activities will be happening at various times, lengths and frequencies, we will share a schedule when all the rooms are set. This allows you the guest to plan your "visit" so you can hit all the rooms you'd like. Get primed by first checking out our presenters below and check back in because we are adding rooms along the way.
Spring Equinox, Saturday March 20th 2-5pm PST
Wherever you are via zoom!
Taking barriers away from play opportunities, particularly self-directed play, is our driving mission and fundraisers like this are vital in fulfilling it. If your family is able to make a donation, you are helping ensure we continue to provide more events like this as well as educational programs, support groups, and in-person pop-up and permanent adventure playgrounds when it is once again safe to do so.
We want folks to come no matter their financial situation and we've priced this event in hopes that those who are able to give a little more... can, and those who may not... won't be obligated to.
Tickets range from $0 to $25 and a single family can join in with one ticket. If you can give a little that's great if you can't that's ok too!
Can't Make it but still want to donate?
We have a variety of ways to make a monetary donation! Donations over $200 qualify for tax deduction and will receive a receipt for your records. But every dollar helps!
JEREMIAH DOCKRAY-MASTER OF CEREMONIES
SCV Adventure Play Foundation Co-Founder and Director
Jeremiah Dockray is a playworker, organizer, part-time filmmaker and full-time dad in North Los Angeles County. Jeremiah is a co-founder and Director of SCV Adventure Play Foundation.
Playwork and adventure playgrounds became a part of Jeremiah's life when he stumbled across the concepts of adventure playgrounds in a historical article in 2013. From there on he began digging for more information on their existence and found Pop-up Adventure Play, and jumped into their playworker development course. Jeremiah was hooked and began their course outside of his work as a reality TV editor.
Shortly after, Jeremiah and his wife Erica discovered and purchased a 30 year abandoned park in Val Verde, CA with the mission to develop it into the 7th permanent adventure playground in the US. They also started running pop-up adventure playgrounds. Since then, they have run pop-ups all over LA County from backyards to museums and everywhere in-between, offered workshops on play and playwork, talked at conferences about their work, run professional development programs for schools, helped orchestrate the first playwork campference, and co-founded the playwork collective, and more!
Sarah Melnick (née Van Sciver)
Santa Clarita, CA
MUSIC ROOM: Enjoy spring themed tunes with Vocal, Ukulele, Piano & Harp by Sarah!
Sarah Van Sciver is a professional composer, arranger, singer, pianist, ukulele player, and harpist – writing for film and theatre and as a singer-songwriter. She is also an avid educator, recording engineer, conductor, musical director, orchestrator, sound designer, chorister, video editor… a creative chameleon who would love to collaborate on whatever artistic concoction you’ve got cooking. A graduate of the Performer-Composer M.F.A. program at the California Institute of the Arts, she received her B.A. in Music at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Professional Certificate in General Music Studies from Berklee.
Ravin Brazfield & Jazzy Archila
Los Angeles, CA
Sponsored by the Calibraska Arts Initiative
THE GARDEN: Interactive Digital Drawing! Using Zoom's annotation tool, kids and their families can draw a garden full of flowers, bugs, and more!
Ravin Brazfield has experience in animation, sculpting, resin work, and paints for fun every so often. The depths of outer space and the culture of Dia De Los Muertos are 2 of the muses that most often catch his eye.
Jazlyn Archila is a multi-media artist studying studio art with an emphasis in animation at Cal State Long Beach. She aspires to become a teaching artist after she graduates.
The Calibraska Arts Initiative is focused on bringing access to the creative industries to rural and marginalized communities. They are currently revving up for their summer program with classes in animation, film, acting, dance, and more! For more information visit: www.calibraska.org
THE HIKING TRAIL:
There's so much to explore outside and in this Zoom room your creativity and imagination are exactly what's needed to help guide Liesl, on a great adventure. Liesl will pick the place, but *YOU* get to help direct the journey!
In what direction should we hike? What do we want to look at? What are you curious to investigate? What should we bring along... and why would what you're bringing make our adventure more exciting? Join in as we create an epic adventure together virtually AND in the wild.
Your guide, Liesl, does a lot of hiking, camping, and solo adventuring. She enjoys picking random places on the map to explore and loves poking around in new places to see what kind of fun stuff she can find. Sometimes that means she takes a long hike to a scenic lookout, sometimes it means she finds a tucked away place to camp far away from other people, and sometimes it means she laughs with joy at quirky stuff she finds in a small town. Liesl likes to wear her official adventure glasses everywhere she goes (shhhhh: they're imaginary glasses!) because they help her see there is so much in the world that is beautiful, amazing, and awesome.
Find Liesl on Instagram as @lieslgoesadventuring
Los Angeles, CA
Join Shawnee for some fun in the kitchen as you make yummy no bake and and no heat chocolate cookies!
Participants will need to have these ingredients and supplies on hand to get in on the action:
Agave nectar or Honey
Bowl, Mixing spoon, measuring cups and spoons, waxed paper.
Shawnee Pearl Badger is an actor (SAG-AFTRA), internationally published model, activist and artist living in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Shawnee found escape in imagination and make-believe at a young age. After graduating with various honors and receiving acceptance into every school she applied to, including UCLA, Shawnee chose to walk a different path.
She has worked as a model as well as a performer for the Walt Disney Company; and that work led to Shawnee’s decision to follow her heart and study acting. Shawnee hosts parties, cooking parties, makeup parties and tea parties for kids either as herself or as a character.
Shawnee may seem human but she is in fact half elf, half Vulcan and a proud Slytherin. When she isn’t playing Dungeons and Dragons, she loves to figure skate, paint, and rock climb.
Find out more about Shawnee at
April Mae & The June Bugs Quartet
THE CONCERT HALL:
This lively and fun performance showcases April Mae & The June Bugs' signature sound, vintage sensibility and swing danceability.
Roots Baby Roots! Americana under the influence of jump blues, swing n’ rockabilly ba – ba – ba – boogie! With smoke n’ honey vocals, cigar box guitar, upright bass, banjo, and washboard percussion, servin’ up high energy n’ deep vintage vibes is their specialty.
Video Produced By: Ladd Hoover & Chris Cafiero.
April Mae & The June Bugs Quartet includes:
April Mae - Vocals, Washboard, Kazoozaphone
Catfish Dave - Cigar Box Guitar
Topher Horner - Upright Bass
Tony Mascara - Drums
The songs performed in this concert are from April Mae & The June Bugs albums; "Boogie Boo!" and “SUN Kissed! The Sun Studio Sessions” autographed copies are available exclusively online at: www.AprilMAE.com
April Mae & The June Bugs music is also available for purchase on iTunes, amazon, and various online music media outlets.
(C) 2020 April Mae & The June Bugs
San Diego, CA
SPRING TIME IN MAGIC LAND: A Tiny Presidents Adventure
It’s Springtime in MagicLand and something’s not right! Go on an adventure with the tiny presidents as they figure out how to get MagicLand back on track!
In this improvised experience, participants help decide the different “lands” and directions our tiny presidents go, use items around the house to drive the adventure, bring in their own characters, dodge ferocious cats, and more!
Megan Dickerson is an artist-organizer and playworker from San Diego, CA. Most days, you'll find her planning playable art installations at The New Children's Museum, a contemporary art museum for children in downtown San Diego.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A ZOOLOGIST
This is a super exclusive experience where we get to take a drive around a safari park with Matt the zoologist!
Get ready for anything as we cruise with the giraffes, rhinos, kangaroos and more! Visitors can ask questions and see first hand what being a zoologist is like.
Trivia Games with LA County Parks and Recreation Crew
Get your thinking caps on for some fun trivia games about all the amazing parks, activities, and opportunities in LA County! Winners will get prizes!