• 2020 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR ALL - March 29-April 1, 2020

  • 2020 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR ALL - March 29-April 1, 2020

  • 2020 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR ALL - March 29-April 1, 2020

  • 2020 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR ALL - March 29-April 1, 2020

Annual Conference on the VALUE of Play

Mark Your Calendars and Plan to Join Us!
2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL
March 29-April 1, 2020 in Clemson, South Carolina

The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, camp professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.

Check out the 2019 10th Anniversary Conference links below to see what it’s all about!

News & Press Releases

US Play Coalition Awards and Grants Help Expand the Play Movement

The US Play Coalition recognized exceptional researchers, practitioners and play projects at its 10th Anniversary Conference on the Value of Play, held at Clemson University between March 31 and April 3, 2019. Every year the US Play Coalition, a national organization headquartered at Clemson University, recognizes play researchers and practitioners who have made significant contributions to the knowledge of play, and practitioners and projects that help further play in their communities and beyond. Play is… Read More

From The Playground

June #WePlayChat with AARP: “The Value of Play at All Ages”

Join us on Tuesday, June 25th at 11:00am EST as we welcome co-moderator Erwin Tan, Director Thought Leadership—Health from AARP to discuss the topic, “The Value of Play at All Ages.“ Erwin J. Tan, MD, is a internist and geriatrician and the AARP Director of Thought Leadership—Health. While at AARP Erwin has developed the research that supports the health impact of perceptions of aging and age stereotype threat. Erwin is currently working on healthy longevity and how play… Read More

  • Community Visibility

  • Play Ambassador

  • Available Grants

Action & Research Grants

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $52,000 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.

  • Improving Children’s Health through Play

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education

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  • Research-Based Case for Recess

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  • Current Issue of
    PLAY Pulse

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