Take a ‘Giant Step’ this National Play Day

Dublin City Council with the support of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will celebrate the annual ‘National Playday’ by hosting a ‘Playday’ event this Sunday, 3rd July 2016 from 1pm to 5pm.  Families can join in the FREE afternoon of fun and games in one of the City’s favourite parks, Merrion Square.  

According to Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, “This is one of Dublin City Council’s family-friendly events taking place during the summer holidays.  Play is very important for all children, they need time and space to explore their own abilities, be creative and interact with other Children.  I hope that we get a great ‘playful’ crowd to Merrion Square and that all enjoy this free fun –Filled afternoon.” 
As part of the 1916 commemorations, this year’s Playday will highlight the games children played in 1916.  Children and young people can participate and enjoy skipping, marbles, relays and obstacle courses.  Artistic and imaginative options include creative play elements such as messy play, art, dress up and den building.      There is also a fantastic ‘Selfish Giant’ Playground which was inspired by the fairytale written by Oscar Wilde.

Debby Clarke, Play Development Officer with Dublin City Council said “The idea behind Playday is to encourage families and communities to be proactive in supporting children in outdoor play.  I hope that children and young people enjoy themselves and take part in their most favourite activity and maybe try something new.  This event is part of Dublin City Council’s plan to make Dublin a more child friendly and playful city.

For more information on the Dublin City Play Plan see http://bit.ly/dubplayday