• 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on the
    Value of Play: PLAY IS SURVIVAL
    – on demand through Dec 31 –

  • 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on the
    Value of Play: PLAY IS SURVIVAL
    – on demand through Dec 31 –

  • 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on the
    Value of Play: PLAY IS SURVIVAL
    – on demand through Dec 31 –

  • 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on the
    Value of Play: PLAY IS SURVIVAL
    – on demand through Dec 31 –

Annual Conference on the VALUE of Play

The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual professional conference presented by the US Play Coalition.

The 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on  the Value of Play  features dozens of headliners, workshops, educational and research presentations – all recorded live earlier this year and now available ON DEMAND through December 31, 2021.  REGISTER THROUGH AUGUST 31!

This is a great option for groups, professional orgs and classes in addition to our individual play friends who couldn’t join us earlier this year.

News & Press Releases

Health & PLAY Online Institute Available ON DEMAND through Dec 31

The inaugural Health & PLAY Online Institute is a webinar series featuring leading healthcare professionals and researchers from across the country.  Recorded sessions are available ON DEMAND through December 31. Eligible for up to (6) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Registration details below. The institute is a highlight of the 2021 Virtual Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY IS SURVIVAL.  Each panel presentations examine the synergies between play and health through five distinct pillars and… Read More

From The Playground

Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out at the Library: Play for Teens and Emerging Adults

Summer Blog Series #2 – Libraries & PLAY “Play for Teens and Emerging Adults” In 2016, the American Library Association published the book Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults, which “shows how to draw emerging adults to the library using a mixture of play and engagement and then keep them coming back for more.” Public libraries exist to serve all ages, and yet there is a stereotype that people “age out” of… Read More

Action & Research Grants

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded more than $60,000 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 (2019)

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  • Improving Children’s Health through Play (2018)

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education (2015)

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  • PLAY Pulse

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