• 10th Anniversary Conference
    2019 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR LIFE - March 31-April 3, 2019

  • 10th Anniversary Conference
    2019 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR LIFE - March 31-April 3, 2019

  • 10th Anniversary Conference
    2019 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR LIFE - March 31-April 3, 2019

  • 10th Anniversary Conference
    2019 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR LIFE - March 31-April 3, 2019

Annual Conference on the VALUE of Play

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.

News & Press Releases

Play Pioneers Stuart Brown and Peter Gray to Keynote 10th Anniversary Play Conference

Play pioneers and US Play Coalition “firsts” to keynote for the 10th Anniversary Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR LIFE, March 31-April 3, 2019, in Clemson, SC. Stuart Brown, MD, our very first keynote speaker (2009) and Peter Gray, PhD, our first ever PLAYtalk presenter (2016) return to our main stage to tackle the theme of “PLAY FOR LIFE,” reflect on the last decade of the play movement, and give insights into the next… Read More

From The Playground

10th Anniversary Play Conference
PLAYtalk Presenters Announced

Lenore Skenazy and Michael Hynes will be our PLAYtalk presenters at the 10th Anniversary Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR LIFE, March 31-April 3, 2019, in Clemson, South Carolina. Lenore Skenazy is the founder of the Free-Range Kids movement and president of the non-profit Let Grow. Her work has helped restore childhood resilience by pushing back on overprotection and inspired Utah’s 2018 ‘free-range parenting’ law. Michael Hynes, Ed.D., is the outspoken Superintendent of Schools… Read More

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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.

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