National Play Day Sunday 3rd July

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Dublin families are invited to come along to this year’s free family-friendly action packed Play Day which is taking place in Merrion Square Park on Sunday 3rd July from 2pm – 5pm.

This is Dublin City Council’s 6th Play Day. The event is organised each summer to celebrate National Play Day which aims to emphasise the value of basic play for children. Rather than being entertained the children entertain themselves.  With parachutes, pillow fights, football penalties, bugs and slugs and lots of noise from little people it’s an afternoon not to be missed.

Representing the Lord Mayor at the event, Cllr. Sheila Howes said:“It’s wonderful to see so many children enjoying themselves here today with simple play activities.  I’m sure everyone will get lots of ideas on how to promote children’s play and there is an opportunity for everyone, young and old alike, to enjoy the wonderful facilities here in beautiful Merrion Square Park”.

 “Play is very important for all children. Children need time and space to explore their own abilities, be creative and interact with other children on their own level. All our lives are so organised these days but children need some free time with no one telling them what to do.  Dublin City Council is available to help any interested community improve their children’s play environment or help them organise a local play event” said Anne O’Brien, Play Development Officer with Dublin City Council.

 Join us on Sunday for a day that is free, full of fun with sloppy hands, picture painting, running, jumping and falling. An afternoon of mess and mayhem is on the cards. Come along and play the day away.



Notes to the Editor

Dublin City Council’s Play Development Team can support communities who want to improve their children’s play environment with once off loan of equipment but also look at the possibility of improving spaces long term by community action and co-operation.

Play day can go some way to giving parents ideas about what they can use to stimulate play in their own garden or in their community green space. Play Day is based on very simple activity ideas that any community can replicate.