Hip, Hip, Hooray, It's Playday!

As part of National Play Day Dublin City Council will host a Free Play Day event that will take place on Sunday 6th July from 2 – 5pm at Merrion Square Park.

The theme of the event this year is “Out to Play” which is aimed at encouraging families and communities to support children and young people to play outdoors.  There will be plenty of games and activities available to suit children of all ages, including, skipping, marbles, penalty shoot outs, den building and sand and water.  A special surprise activity will also take place that will celebrate ‘Outdoor Play’.

“This event will inspire children to use their imagination with creative elements of play on offer such as messy play, art and dress up.  Dublin City Council is really looking forward to providing this fun and free event and we encourage everyone to come and join in” said Debbie Clarke, Dublin City Council, Play Development Officer.

For further details on the Dublin City Play Plan and/or if you would like to know how to organise a play day, please go to: http://bit.ly/TOJvYs


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Photos will be circulated to the Media after the event on Sunday.


Notes to the Editor:

This is the 9th National Play Day and is brought to you by Dublin City Council and supported by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
Play Day highlights the very essence of play for children and young people and encourages parents/guardians and communities to take a positive approach in developing neighbourhoods where children and young people are seen and heard.  There is a risk of adults creating a nostalgic notion of play rather than realising how children ‘play now’. Emerging research evidence reveals that if given a choice most children prefer to play outdoors and that the indoors is mainly attractive when experienced with friends. Poor play environments i.e. cramped living conditions, extensively built up neighbourhoods, lack of natural elements and pollution are all causal effects of ‘environmental stress’.  Additionally children’s excessive screen time is determined more by restrictions on access to the outside which has forced them to retreat to playing indoors. Clearly, a balance in needed. This year’s “Out to Play” theme for ‘National Play Day’ addresses these issues by demonstrating simple actions that will support children and young people’s outdoor play. This enhances their independent mobility and realises the possibilities of providing rich and varied play experiences whilst playing outside.
 

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