What every child should do before the age of 12

ParticipACTION releases a ‘Play List’ to celebrate the second annual Longest Day of Play 

  • Don't overengineer kids' spontaneous play, children's organizations say

    ParticipACTION gives a list of unstructured play activities. Unstructured play is just as important as structured play!

  • Play Coalition Co-Chair Fran Mainella serves on Expert Panel for "Best & Worst Cities for Recreation"

    In an effort to educate Americans on the value of an active lifestyle and the importance of public open spaces in their communities and finances, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities and highlighted those with the most diverse opportunities for recreation, sports and culture.

  • Best type of play? Let kids do what they want

    When considering the best type of play for kids, free play is the answer. Free play is when kids are allowed to do what they want with whatever materials are available to them. Experts say that engaging in this type of play strengthens brain development.

  • Getting the most out of child’s play

    Children who are active in outdoor play live overall healthier lives. According to the Michigan Sate University Extension, this kind of engagement creates immunity towards colds and the flu, along with better social and motor skills.

  • Where The Wild Things Play

    Berkeley Adventure Playground allows kids to engage in free, unstructured play. Located in San Francisco, California, the playground offers a wide variety of tools for kids to play with and let their imaginations run wild.

  • Quiz: Find Your Happy Place

    Take this short quiz to find out what "play vitamins" are missing from your life.

  • When Kids Start Playing To Win

    For kids, competition can actually be a good thing. Competition teaches them how to control failures they may face and how to learn from them.

  • The Re-imagine Learning Challenge - April 10 to September 17 - "As part of a three-year partnership with Ashoka, the LEGO Foundation has pledged more than $200,000 to challenge prizes alone. Enter today and help us learn about your vision for education in the 21st century!"

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  • Worldwide Day of Play - September 20 - Nickelodeon, a television network for children, celebrates Worldwide Day of Play by going off the air for three hours in order to encourage kids to go outside and play.

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  • Ontario Physical Literacy Summit 2014 - September 26 to September 27 - The 2014 Ontario Physical Literacy Summit will be held September 26-27, 2014 at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada).

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  • Takoma Plays 2014: 6th Annual Play Day - September 27 - Join Takoma Park for their 6th Annual Play Day from 10am-2pm.

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