CanadaPlays, eh?

Welcome to all International Play Association (IPA) delegates and participants kicking off the organization’s triennial conference  in Calgary this week. It’s a brilliant idea to host the play world here in Canada during the country’s 150th anniversary. Kudos to all those who helped design an excellent program with outstanding speakers and presenters representing play traditions, practices and research from around the globe. In this post, CanadaPlays, with the help of sister blog PlayGroundology, is putting a little Canadiana in the window to help you get your bearings and have a playful time while here.

Original artwork by Kyle Jackson now hanging at Alderney Landing Library in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

National Treasures

First up, let’s share a couple of national treasures with you. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has had children at heart all her life. She first designed public housing playgrounds in the US in the 1950s with architects Louis Kahn and Oskar Stonorov. This was shortly after being amongst the first women to graduate from Harvard as a landscape architect and prior to moving to her adopted home, in British Columbia, Canada.

In 1967, as part of Canada’s centennial celebrations, Cornelia was invited to design the playground at the Children’s Creative Centre as part of the Canadian pavilion at Expo 67. Mr. PlayGroundology was 10 at the time but sadly our family never made the trip from Toronto to Montreal for the party of parties marking our 100th birthday though I remember a lot of fun from that summer nonetheless. By all accounts the kids who were able to give the Expo 67 playscape a whirl liked it a lot.

This clip is excerpted from the National Film Board of Canada documentary, The Canadian Pavilion, Expo 67. Following Expo, Cornelia participated in the creation of national playground guidelines and designed more than 70 across the country. A few years back, she was kind enough to speak with me on the phone thanks to an introduction from the folks at space2place.

Source: Expo 67 Ccreative Children’s Centre – Canadian Centre for Architecture

Aside from sharing a wonderful bibliography with me, I remember how she emphasized simplicity remarking, and I’m paraphrasing here, that to have fun all kids really need is sand, water and something to climb… Thank you Cornelia for all your contributions not only to play in Canada but to the greening of our urban landscapes.


Inside, Upside – Harmonic Motion, Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam installation at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, 2013. Credit – Roberto Boccaccino

From her home in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast, Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam creates aerial textile play environments that are a riot of movement and pulsating colours. Prior to dedicating her artistic vision to designing an unparalleled play experience for kids, Toshiko exhibited her textile art at prominent galleries and museums in Japan, the US and Europe. At one point, she questioned whether there was more to life than prepping for shows and hosting vernissages. A few years ago, my then four-year-old daughter Nellie-Rose accompanied me on the first PlayGroundology road trip. We had lunch with Toshiko and her partner Charles in their home and learned how her wondrous woven webs of play are the creative fabric that warms her life.

Outside, Flipside – Harmonic Motion, Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam installation at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, 2013. Credit – Roberto Boccaccino

As Toshiko transitioned away from the art exhibition world, she spent weekends over the course of three years walking around neighbourhoods in her native Japan. This research and exploration of the where, what and how of kids’ play convinced her that there was an opportunity to introduce some new concepts rooted in textile sculpture. Toshiko’s play sculptures are found in prominent locations in Japan, including the Hakone Open-Air Museum, and a variety of Asian countries. The large scale sculptures have yet make any real headway in North America or Europe outside of exhibit spaces. Toshiko works with Norihide Imagawa, one of Japan’s foremost structural designers and engineers to ensure maximum integrity and safety of each of her play sculptures. Photos of her play sculptures have created a couple of online surges of interest in her work from the design, architecture and play communities. Let’s hope that kids in more communities around the world will have the opportunity to revel in unbridled play in one of Toshiko’s lovingly crafted creations…



There are an increasing number of organizations across the country who contribute to promoting, programming and researching about play. In no particular order here is a partial list that provides a sampling of some of the activity underway in Canada: Le lion et la souris (Montréal, QC); Active Kids Club (Toronto, ON); Integrate Play Solutions (BC); (British Columbia); Active for Life (QC); Centre for Local Research into Public Space (CELOS) and Dufferin Grove Park (Toronto, ON); Calgary Playground Review (Calgary, AB); Manitoba Nature Summit (Winnipeg, MB); The Lawson Foundation (Toronto, ON); ParticipACTION (Toronto, ON); Playground Builders (Whistler, BC); CanadaPlays (Eastern Passage, NS)  And let’s not forget a shout to all those whose work supports play in their roles with municipal, provincial and federal governments and service organizations.

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Playmakers – Designers and Builders

This a small selection of Canadian companies creating custom playscapes.


Carcross Commons – Tagish First Nation, Carcross, Yukon

Earthscape has developed a substantial catalogue of custom design and build playscapes that have been installed throughout the country. Each Earthscape project is unique. I’m thrilled that Halifax gave an Earthscape project the green light in 2016. The company is now exporting and has installed a super slide on New York City’s Governors Island.


Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat – Daily tous les jours

A sensation in Montreal since the original 21 balançoires were introduced in the Quartier des spectacles in 2011. Every day each swing swung an average of 8,500 times. An adaptation of the original installation has been touring North American cities. A musical swings impact study is available here.



Completed in 2008, space2place’s Garden City Play Environment in Richmond, British Columbia was ahead of the curve in the context of Canadian fixed structure playgrounds. There is a great write up of this space published in The Vancouver Sun shortly after its opening.



McCleary Playground downtown Toronto – 2008

Adam Bienenstock was at the front end of the natural playground surge and continues to bring his personal brand and vision to schools, communities and settings in the natural environment in Canada and beyond.


Children’s Rights

In Montreal’s Salamander Playground atop Mount Royal Park, Québecois artist Gérard Dansereau has created a series of original tiles embedded throughout the play area to commemorate and draw attention to the Conventions on the Rights of the Child as elaborated and promoted by UNICEF. I have added the English to my favourite tile from the series below. Other tiles available to view here.


The Poutine of Play

Poutine has gone from a well-loved, known locally only Québec delicacy to an international phenomenon. Could it be that ballon-poire will travel a similar trajectory exporting a culturally branded Québecois game around the globe? I’ve seen the game played just once and even though I have no understanding of the rules, it attracted me immediately. It is easy to see that eye – hand coordination is certainly de rigueur. The girls in the clip below are spelling out a word but I didn’t stay long enough to capture it all. There are a number of variations to the game accompanied to different call and answers as the players whump the punch bag back and forth as quickly as they can. I’m looking forward to gaining a better understanding of how the game is played some day and hopefully giving it a whirl myself.



Cultural Institutions


It wouldn’t be Canada without the country’s never-ending love affair with hockey. Enjoy this animated short, The Sweater, by Roch Carrier my former boss at the Canada Council for the Arts. It’s a heart warming story that revolves around one of the sport’s great rivalries between les Canadiens and the Leafs.


The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

If you have any down time during the conference, the NFB is a great online viewing theatre with hundreds of free titles to choose from including this surprising short!


Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

For news and current affairs tune into our public broadcaster CBC. There is a great vareity of programming including a short series broadcast earlier this summer, The lost art of play.



Best Signage Ever About Risk and Play is in Calgary!

This photo was sent to me by my cousin, an avid cyclist from the Toronto area, just over a year ago. I mistakenly thought that it was snapped on one of his rides out in the countryside but I was quickly advised of my error by readers. This sign, the most popular post on PlayGroundology Facebook with nearly 5K shares and a 645K reach, is located at Calgary’s TELUS Spark Brainasium.



Beware the Risk of Acronyms

Many Canadians can be forgiven if they develop a sudden thirst on seeing the organization’s acronym IPA because what may be foremost in their minds is quaffing a cold one and enjoying a beloved India Pale Ale. Treat yourself to a viewing of I Am Canadian, a very popular rant/ad from 2000 starring Jeff Douglas now the co-host of one of CBC Radio’s flagship programs, As It Happens.



The Sounds of Joy

A group of school children enjoy one of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam’s installations in Japan. The excitement and joy are contagious. You may have to reset your quality to 480p when you play this clip on YouTube.



Best Wishes for a Great Conference




Daredevils and Koala Bears

It’s been almost a year since the Earthscape designed playspace at The Dingle in Halifax welcomed its first onslaught of kids. We were very impatient to get over there and give it a try ourselves. Noah and Lila had a great afternoon scrabbling about along with the rest of the opening day hordes. This space was a real departure for the municipality. Kudos to the planners and rec department!

Click through here or on image for more photos.

Do you have a favourite playspace in your community? Could the community benefit from a greater variety of playspaces in public places? What might that look like? If you’re in Halifax with the kids, take a moment and visit this jewel tucked away on the city’s Northwest Arm.

Playcation Holidays

We’re out and about having fun and adventures.


CanadaPlays has some great Canadiana content that will be getting posted toward the end of August. Until then, we’ll be enjoying some backyard play at home and wherever the winds blow us…

We hope you’re finding the time for a hop, skip and splash.


May the Play be with You…

In Kids We Trust

On a green expanse in the middle of the city, the kids are alright. Actually, they’re surpassing alright. They are firmly ensconced in an ‘infinity and beyond’ zone – an adventurous destination and journey enthusiastically introduced to the world by Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear. Brimming over with an elemental energy these kids are fully immersed in the moment, re-imagining the open space and making it over in their own image.

There are no plans, no preconceived goals or objectives here, no directions to follow. The kids are quick to understand that they have permission to play with the materials onsite – boxes, tarps, milk crates, tires, pvc pipes, wood planks, rope, empty cable spools – known collectively as ‘loose parts’.

Over a span of two hours, there is a steady ebb and flow. More than 200 kids come out to play on the Halifax South Common. Forts, cubbies and palaces are designed and built on the fly. Teeter-totters, launching pads for rockets and swings are engineered.

Most of these children are experiencing the free flow of loose parts for the first time. They are in a groove. The air is electric with possibility. They are dreamers, makers, doers.

This is about my 10th loose parts-apalooza. My first was just over three years ago on a grey, rain-misted afternoon in Glasgow. I had read about the practice but as is often the case, the written rendition (including this one too I’m sure!) fell short of the real thing. I still remember Holly from that day in Glasgow. About five-years-old, this wee girl was full of beans and having the greatest fun jumping off a hay bale mountain onto gymnastic mats waiting below while calling out, “look at me, look at me”.

Some of the recurring themes I see on the short arc of my loose parts apprentissage are also documented in academic studies. For instance, kids do a good job at self-assessing risk. Whether it’s jumping off hay bales or spinning on a spool, kids are not wont to take unnecessary chances. For them, one of the greatest risks associated with injury is that it frequently brings play to a grinding halt. There’s no real upside to that scenario.

What is also noticeable is a greater incidence of children of different ages playing with each other, and more inclusive play amongst girls and boys. The inclusivity also sets the stage for higher levels of cooperative play. Kids converge where fun is percolating and for the most part want to participate and contribute to the best of their abilities.

Now, this is no shangri-la of play. There are disagreements between kids, just as there are kids who don’t listen to their parents or caregivers. And yes, there is the occasional tear. But this type play with materials that are destined for the most part to recycling, or repurposing enable a whole new dynamic that is led and developed by the kids themselves. These organic activities, undirected and unscripted, are intrinsically joyful and inherently adventurous.

There is something else that comes to mind after these several years of playing with my kids and watching them at play, of writing and reading about the subject, of helping organize events like the Halifax South Common pop-up – play is an iconic lifetime activity. As adults, we could all benefit from being a little more plugged into play. It’s one of the greatest shows on earth unfolding in new ways every time you take it out of ‘the box’. It is unpredictable and a little chaotic with an accent of manageable risk.

Everyone who hears and sees children at these events understands how invaluable they can be. These kids are éveillés, awakened to myriad possibilities, to the world around them and to the simple rhythms of fun. There’s a lot we could learn from their unselfconscious nowness.

This event was taking place right next to a static playground, one of the larger ones in the city. To say the least, interest in that playground space was muted. One of the few kids who went over did so in costume adding a bit of spice to that playscape. It was up and down the slide then back to the pop-up which had the stronger gravitational force.

Many thanks to Andy Hinchcliffe, Suzanna Law and Morgan Leichter-Saxby aka Pop-Up Adventure Play for encouraging us on this adventurous afternoon. Like a breath it’s gone. Some of the parents took the loose parts concept home with them. Some of the kids took boxes, rope, planks of wood and even tires.

Interest continues to grow. If you’re in the Halifax area and want to get involved, drop us a line through the contact tab.

Finally thanks to all those who made the public talk at Halifax Central Library, the workshop at The Pavilion and the Halifax South Common pop-up possible. It takes a village…

​Boxes – MEC, Canadian Tire (Dartmouth Crossing and Cole Harbour), Leon’s, Giant Bicycle and Sportchek

Bric à brac – OC Automotive, Kent Building Supplies, Halifax Plays, T.K Adventure Play and Bike Again – what a great bunch of volunters there – if you like biking, check out their Facebook page

Family bloggers and purveyors of fun –, itsy bitsy haligonians and Family Fun Halifax and assemblage who have helped spread the word.

Global Halifax and the Community Herald who did stories and all the other media outlets who have given us a hand by printing or broadcasting public service announcements about the events.

Thanks also to the team of volunteers who worked on this event – Bridget, Caileigh, Maura, Niki, Shitangshu, Tanya.

I have to thank my wife and kids too for putting up with my early mornings and late nights over a couple of months. They have been very kind.

Last, but by no means least, thanks to the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage who have provided financial assistance to help defray costs, as well as equipment and networking to spread news about the events. Halifax Recreation has been invaluable in providing advice, donating some space and encouraging volunteers. Halifax Public Libraries donated Paul O’Regan Hall as a venue for our public talk and promoted the event. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has provided a cargo van at no cost so our loose parts schlepping could proceed with greater dispatch.

On a final note, if I were ever looking for some young, new designers with a bit of pizzazz, I’d be leaning toward the crew who whipped together this temporary abode.

Thank you to all the kids who came and played, smiled, laughed, jumped, ran. On that day with all of you, the Halifax South Common was the most marvelous place in the world to be ….

Canada’s Ocean Playground


More on our Halifax South Common loose parts extravaganza with Pop-Up Adventure Play in the days to come. See photos here.

One Village, Lots of Play

This is a shout out for all the people in our Halifax village and beyond who have made the upcoming events with Pop-Up Adventure Play on July 23 and 24 possible. Without their help we would not have been able to proceed. Together, we are creating some moments of magic, wonder and discovery.

Kudos first and foremost to Pop-Up Adventure Play who have been committed from the outset to kick off their Canadian tour in Halifax. We’re looking forward to welcoming you! Next, the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage who have provided financial assistance to help defray costs, as well as equipment and networking to spread news about the events. Halifax Recreation has been invaluable in providing advice, donating some space and encouraging volunteers. Halifax Public Libraries has given us the space for Sunday’s public talk in Paul O’Regan Hall and promoted the event. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has provided a cargo van at no cost so our loose parts schlepping will proceed with greater dispatch….

I cannot imagine a loose parts event without cardboard boxes. They are truly de rigueur. We have had lots of assistance with this. Thank you to MEC, Canadian Tire (Dartmouth Crossing and Cole Harbour), Leon’s, Giant Bicycle and Sportchek.

For other bric à brac, shout outs to OC Automotive, Kent Building Supplies, Halifax Plays and Bike Again (what a great bunch of volunteers working with that organization!). Thanks also to the individuals who provided loaners from their personal loose parts collections.

A lot of people have been helping to spread the word about the events online. Thanks to, itsy bitsy haligonians and Family Fun Halifax. They have all been great sharing information with the audiences we’re trying to reach. There is also a stellar group of individuals, businesses and voluntary organizations who have been tweeting, retweeting, posting, commenting and sharing – thank you!

Many thanks to Global Halifax and the Community Herald for sharing our story with their viewers and readers. We hope you’ll keep covering the play beat! Thanks also to the many other media organizations who ran our public service announcement – much appreciated.

Thanks also to the team of volunteers who pulled this together – Bridget, Caileigh, Maura, Niki, Shitangshu, Tanya et moi Mr. PlayGroundology as I was dubbed some time ago by Suzanna from Pop-Up Adventure Play.

The biggest shout out from me goes to my wife Mélanie and my three young kids who gave me the space to take this on even though it occasionally meant less time for us to spend together.

Let’s PLAY

A Short Meditation on Play

What comes to mind when you think about play? Truth be told, when I see and hear a gaggle of kids playing together, leading their own adventures, it fills me with joy and happiness. There is a tinge of nostalgia too for a time when I was a tad younger and play was more in the realm of a ‘core’ activity.

Though I’m a few decades removed from those halcyon days of mischief and merriment, I thoroughly enjoy moments of play with our own kids. I count myself as fortunate when I’m invited to participate, or get to see this play up close. It fills my heart. In fact, I’ve been dreaming of a job as an embedded photographer documenting the spontaneity of kids at play. Let me know if you hear of any openings.

And there’s always a vicarious bump of adrenalin and excitement when I witness kids immersed in the moment. The tumultuous racket of school recesses never fails to grab my attention. The next time you pass by a school during recess, stop, look and listen.

For the 15 minutes of glorious release, the school playground is like an orchestra in motion, kinetic soundscapes of bobbing colour. This is where the kids rule, where they run, talk, laugh, find common cause and resolve disputes. This is where their thirst for free form fun is getting quenched. When I do get the chance to hear it, that rolling crescendo made possible by a critical mass of kids, I invariably smile. It takes me back to my own childhood, to british bulldog, red rover, tag, sports and the freedom to play.

What comes to mind when you think about play?

Peas in a Pod – Playworkers and Adventure Playgrounds

The Pop-Up Adventure Play crew are present day ambassadors of a tradition that took root in the UK at the conclusion of World War II. Adventure Playgrounds, Venchies or Junk Playgrounds as they are variously known came on the scene in wartime Emdrup, a district of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Emdrup got rolling in 1943 under Nazi occupation. It would have truly been an oasis for kids. John Bertelesen, the first staff person at this playspace had definite ideas on what an adult’s role should be.

« I consider it most important that the leader not appear too clever but that he remain at the same experimental stage as the children. In this way the initiative is left, to a great extent, with the children themselves and it is thus far easier to avoid serious intrusion into their fantasy world. »

Fortunately for kids in London and other parts of the UK, Lady Allen of Hurtwood visited landscape architect Carl Theodor Sørensen’s Emdrup junk playground. She played a pioneering role in introducing the concept in England with adventure playgrounds initally located in bomb sites. Lady Allen became a lifelong champion and advocate promoting the importance and value of children’s independent play.

And there’s the rub, how do we as adults do our best for kids in play environments? The adventure playground ethos argues that it’s about giving kids space, supporting discovery, curiosity and exploration without dominating or directing what’s going on.

Notting Hill Adventure Playground – circa 1960s

Left to their own devices, kids will take an unscripted, organic, meandering journey along the path of play. At pop-up play events overflowing with loose parts, there’s a natural mystic blowing through the air. The atmosphere is charged with squeals of delight and eureka moments as the creative and sometimes anarchic machinations of kids at play lets loose. This kind of play is invaluable.

There have been short-lived adventure playgrounds in Canada – notably Montreal and Toronto. We’ll take a look at these in a future post.

For more on playworkers and adventure playgrounds, please click through here, or on the photo below for a Storify compilation of videos, photos and other resources.

Ed’s note – notice the absence of adults in most of the images above.

If you’re in Nova Scotia, please join us on Sunday, July 23 for Pop-Up Adventure Play‘s Public Talk – The Wonderful World of Adventurous Play in the Paul O’Regan Hall of the Halifax Central Library at 2 pm.

Pop-Up Adventure Play ✧ July 23 ✧ 2 pm ✧ Public Talk ✧ Halifax Central Library

We’re looking forward to Pop-Up Adventure Play’s arrival in Nova Scotia. One week from today, we’ll be rolling out the welcome mat for them and getting ready to take in their presentation, The Wonderful World of Adventurous Play at the Halifax Central Library. Play at the Heart of Communities, the Pop-Up credo says a lot about their approach.

Morgan Leichter-Saxby and Suzanna Law will lead the presentation sharing their knowledge on the benefits of adventurous play for kids. Their insights are based on academic research and practical experience they’ve acquired over the years working with children and communities in the UK, the US, Australia and parts of Asia.

Now if you want to take your kids to the adventure playground closest to Halifax how far down the road would you have to go? Well the trip has got a whole lot more manageable in the past year. There is no longer any need for a transatlantic crossing to London or Berlin, or a cross-continent trek to Berkeley, California. As of last summer, you’d have to log approximately 1400 kilometres before arriving at your destination on Governors Island in New York City.

The folks behind play:groundNYC worked behind the scenes for over a year to realize their vision. This addition to the international adventure playground canon embodies a new mantra where risk, resilience and the renaissance of play appear to be gaining traction amongst parents and caregivers, communities, the halls of academe and within the recreation departments of municipal governments. On their journey to a full blown site on Governors Island, pop-up events  featuring loose parts play were important building blocks to socialize the adventure playground concept.

Suzanna and Morgan have both provided onsite support for play:groundNYC since its official opening. This article in The New York Times is worth a quick read and check out this pullout with Morgan.


“If we want our kids to be curious, motivated, resilient, brave,” Morgan Leichter-Saxby, the summer camp’s director, said, “we need to give them opportunities to do that.”

I hope you’ll join the adventure play troubadors for an international perspective on developments in the world of play. Tell a friend, bring a friend. The event is free and you can register on eventbrite here.

There will be a Q&A session and discussion following the presentation. Here’s a little treat from one of our mutual friends Penny Wilson, The Playwork Primer. Every pursuit or discipline has its language and play is no exception. This resource is chock-a-block full of definitions and concepts.

CanadaPlays wants to recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage in presenting these activities to the public. Thanks also to Halifax Recreation for their assistance with logistics and to the Halifax Public Libraries for the use of Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library.


Media Release – UK Play Troubadours kick off national tour in Halifax

Adventurous Play helps make kids more resilient

UK Play Troubadours kick off national tour in Halifax

Halifax, N.S. – CanadaPlays Association

The UK-based Pop-Up Adventure Play is kicking off a cross-Canada tour in Halifax later this month. The Pop-Up Adventure Play crew – Morgan, Suzanna and Andy – will visit 17 communities as they travel from coast to coast on a Canadian PlayNation adventure in their little yellow car. Their mission : to support children’s play by applying principles of the UK-based field of playwork in neighborhoods, museums, parks, playgrounds and anywhere else that kids can be found.

In Halifax, the public is invited to The Wonderful World of Adventurous Play in the Halifax Central Library’s Paul O’Regan Hall at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. This public talk draws on the group’s play experience with children and communities in the US, Australia, parts of Asia and the UK. Find out more about playwork and adventure playgrounds. There will be a Q&A session and discussion following the presentation. There is no fee for this event.

On July 24 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm on the Halifax South Common the Pop-Up players will lead a free pop-up play, loose parts extravaganza for kids. There will be cardboard boxes, tape, milk crates, sticks, tires, jump ropes, nets, tarps and more all for kids’ self-directed imaginative play.

Play is children’s lingua franca. Place kids with no common language together and before long there will be spontaneous play eruptions. Play is the medium, the message, the activity and the fun all wrapped up in one unpredictable, chaotic package.

Today, evidence demonstrates that independent, outdoor play is happening to a much lesser extent than it did even a generation ago. Researchers in Canada, the UK, Australia and elsewhere are documenting the social, mental and physical health benefits of increased play activity. In Canada, the Lawson Foundation is supporting numerous studies and active play projects including British Columbia’s cross-disciplinary, an online tool for parents with the credo, ‘’take a risk, go play outside!’’.

Join Pop-Up Adventure Play and local non-profit groups CanadaPlays Association and AdventurePlay YHZ to find out more about the growing international adventure play movement.

CanadaPlays wants to recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage in presenting these activities to the public. Thanks also to Halifax Recreation for their assistance with logistics and to the Halifax Public Libraries for the use of Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library.


Children everywhere need time and space to play in their own way, but they are not getting enough of those opportunities. We at Pop-Up Adventure Play want to support people and organisations everywhere to broaden the understanding of the value and importance of play in a much wider context.

Suzanna Law, Co-founder the UK-registered charity Pop-Up Adventure Play

It’s about helping give children the space to play and engage with their environment how they choose, whether risky or not, because that’s going to be an incredible opportunity to grow.

Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health and Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia.

Play is one of those iconic life activities that fuels the imagination and contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Play helps children and adults alike to transcend the everyday and embrace the fun of now.

Alex Smith, President, Canada Plays Association and Founder – PlayGroundology


Registration information on CanadaPlays

Media contact:

Alex Smith
Canada Plays Association



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