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National Play Day

Held in partnership with International Play Association Canada, National Play Day is an opportunity to come together to raise awareness about the importance of play and to celebrate a child’s right to play. Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital to their development. Through play, children learn about themselves and the world around them. Play helps children develop confidence, self-esteem and creativity. Every child and young person deserves the chance to play and good play opportunities are everyone’s responsibility.
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How do I get involved?

Participate in a National Play Day event.

August 7, 2019, 3 - 7 p.m.
City of Calgary’s Monstrous Adventure Playground
Prairie Winds Park (223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.)

The event theme this year is Play Builds Children. The Monstrous Adventure Playground is a bigger version of our Mobile Adventure Playground. #CanadaPlays​ 

Organize a National Play Day event

Anyone can organize a National Play Day event. Big or small, there are lots of different ways to celebrate. All events are to be held on August 7, 2019.

Here are some tips for organizing your National Play Day event:
  • Get messy. Use shaving foam, clay, corn flour and water, eggs slime and gunge to fill padding pools, pits, buckets and baths.
  • Get adventurous. Construct climbing walls and an obstacle course, run circus skills workshops, organize a treasure hunt and race shopping trolleys.
  • Get Building. Use straw bales, tires, shoeboxes, newspapers and junk to build dens, towers, bridges, go-karts and monsters.
  • Play with the elements. Use fire, water, earth and wind. Build a leaf or mud pit, have water fights, toast marshmallows and create a wind tunnel.