• 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

2017-conf-promo-collageAnnual 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.

 

News & Press Releases

Industry Leaders Announced for Keynote “Power PLAYer Panel”

Some of the biggest names in the industry will come together for our second keynote session – the “Power PLAYer Panel.”  Tackling the landscape of play from research, health, youth, parks and governmental perspectives, this is a discussion NOT to be missed! Moderator: Fran Mainella – Founder/Co-Chair of the US Play Coalition & Former Director of the National Park Service Fran Mainella served as the 16th Director of the National Park Service from 2001 –… Read More

From The Playground

#WePlayChat with Rae Pica: The Joys of Unstructured Play

Join us Monday, February 27 at 12:00pm EST as we welcome Rae Pica to our #WePlayChat on “The Joys Of Unstructured Play.” Rae has been an Education Consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child and children’s physical activity, since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the founder and director of Moving & Learning (now Rae Pica Keynotes & Consulting) and the author of 19 books. Among many… 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 $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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