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 outsideplay.ca, an online tool for parents with the credo, ‘’take a risk, go play outside!’’.
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
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