• 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

  • 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

  • 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

  • 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

playing with boxes from Pat RumbaughAnnual Conference on the VALUE of Play

The Play Conference is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play is presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The event includes keynote and featured speakers, roundtables, educational sessions, grant opportunities, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.


The US Play Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life.

The first play movement started the early 1900’s. Now, given the many problems with obesity and other social ills that have occurred with the erosion of play opportunities, it is time to begin the second great play movement. We ask you to help us as we do so. The time has come for all of us to help our children, and citizens regardless of age, create a better life, and ultimately, to make a difference in today’s world by making joys and benefits associated with play a reality for all.

Play Facilitator Training

Play Facilitator Certificate of Completion training is an online introductory course that will help you incorporate play through two facilitation roles: supporting and directing.  It is designed to meet the needs of seasonal, part-time, and temporary workers at camps, playgrounds, and after-school programs. The program is also beneficial as a training tool for full-time staff that work with and lead those individuals.

  • Community Visibility

  • Play Ambassador

  • Available Grants

News & Press Releases

US Play Coalition partners with Nickelodeon on the Road to the Worldwide Day of Play

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2016 marks the 13th year of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP).  On WWDoP, Nickelodeon goes completely dark for three hours, taking programming off the air on all of its channels and shutting down its websites to reinforce one simple message: get up, get out, and go play!  Once again, the US Play Coalition is a partner with Nickelodeon for this important and FUN-omenal endeavor! This week, the US Play Coalition has a series of events –… Read More

From The Playground

Back to School Edition of #WePlayChat this August on Recess


The next #WePlayChat on Twitter is Tuesday, August 23 at 2:00pm EST.  This “Back to School” Twitter chat will be on “The Importance of Recess” with co-moderator Debbie Rhea of the LIINK Project. Dr. Rhea and the “Let’s Inspire Innovation ‘N Kids” (LIINK) team have been making headlines with their incredible work to get more and more frequent recess in the daily school schedule. Their successes in Texas elementary schools have gone viral! Recent news from across the… Read More

Action & Research Grants

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $41,000 in funding to date.  Through competitive funding opportunities, we offer both Action and Research Grants to playmakers and researchers whose work has the potential to improve and expand the Play Movement.

  • Research-Based Case for Recess

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education

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