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

  • 2022 IN PERSON Conference
    on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY, SAVE THE DATES!!! April 2-6, 2022

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

  • 2022 IN PERSON Conference
    on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY, SAVE THE DATES!!! April 2-6, 2022

The 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 latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, park and recreation professionals, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond.

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.  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.

The2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY will be April 2-6, 2022, in Clemson, South Carolina.  “THE NATURE OF PLAY” is a PLAY on words, allowing for broad interpretation by presenters!  As always, the play conference will explore play across the lifespan, play in the workplace, play in the classroom, play in NATURE and address universal issues of access, equity, inclusion and more.  The call for presentation proposals is open now through November 15, 2021.

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

Award Winning Play Bracelets Return for 2021 Holiday Season!

The SCFEA Excellence Awards celebrate the best from South Carolina!  Our “PLAY FOR LIFE” cuff bracelet, featured at our 10th Anniversary Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR LIFE, won the 2019 Best Merchandise award.  With the holidays upon us, we thought it was fitting for us to do an encore campaign with our 2020 and 2021 themes added to the mix!! Made locally in Clemson, South Carolina. These very popular cuff bracelets are… 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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