Play Day

Play Day Quick Facts

2021 Date4 August 2021
2022 Date3 August 2022
Play Day

Play Day History

Play Day encourages children and teenagers to go outside and play. This day aims to highlight the benefits of outdoor play and its necessity for healthy development. It aims to help students and adults understand the benefits of outdoor activity on physical and mental health. This day urges families and carers to support children in their play by providing them with fun and safe ways to do so.

Play Day was founded in 1986 by playworkers Mick Conway, Paul Bonel, and Kim Holdaway. It is observed annually on the first Wednesday in August.

Play Day Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for Play Day in 2021 is Summer of Play.
  • Play is essential for a child's development. It helps their physical, mental, and emotional health by providing a fun outlet for stress.
  • The restrictions faced by children and young people over the past few months have been incredibly difficult, with dramatic reductions in physical and social play opportunities. These restrictions have had a significant impact on children, with our own research telling us that they are experiencing increased levels of anxiety, reduced levels of physical activity, and worries about the impact social isolation will have on their friendships - Chief Executive of Playboard, Jacqueline O’ Loughlin, 2020

Play Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Participate in Playday events. These may include street parties, festivals, or community events.
  • Check for more events near you.
  • Plan your own event!

Play Day References and Related Sites

www.playday.org.uk: Play Day

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