Thursday, November 9 – Virtual Play Date
Playing in Place: Finding PLAY Wherever You Are

For our last stop of our 2023 Play Date Tour, the tour bus is taking over the “interwebs” to showcase play practitioners and researchers from all over the world that will help you find, explore and understand the VALUE of PLAY – wherever you are!

Virtual Play Date speakers, session schedule and registration details below!

William Botten
U.S. Access Board Accessibility Specialist

Russ Carson, PhD, Research & Community Impact Director,
PlayCore Center for Research, Outreach, and Education

Jed Dearybury
Educator, Author & Illustrator

Darryl Edwards, FBSLM
Founder of Primal Play, Movement Coach & Author

Nicky Everett, Senior Lecturer on Childhood Development and Playwork, Leeds Beckett University (UK)

Lisa K. Forbes, PhD, LPC, Clinical Asst Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Daniel Hatcher, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Cath Hubbuck, Registered Health Play Specialist (UK)

Julie P. Jones, PhD
Associate Professor, Child & Family Studies, Converse University

Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR, FAOTA, CPSI, President, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC

Sharon M. Peck, PhD
Associate Professor of Literacy, SUNY Geneseo + Play Advocate

Harrison Pinckney, PhD, Assistant Professor, Penn State University

David Thomas, PhD,  Executive Director of Online Programs, University of Denver

Sunny Vachher, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SUNNY  + Producer, TED / TED-Ed

Heather Von Bank, PhD, Chair, Dept of Family Consumer Science, Minnesota State University – Mankato

Virtual Play Date Session Schedule:

(All Times listed are Eastern time zone)

11:00am­ ET – Welcome and Intros

11:10am ET – “Play in ‘Play’ce” – Julie P. Jones + Jed Dearybury 

11:30am ET – “Finding Your Playful Rebellion” – Lisa Forbes + David Thomas

11:50am ET – PLAY Break!

12:00pm ET – “What Makes a Park Inclusive to All Users? Connecting The Dots for Everyone’s Whole Park Enjoyment” – Bill Botten

12:25pm ET – “Play in Hospital – Always More Than ‘Just’ Playing!” – Nicky Everett + Cath Hubbuck

12:45pm ET – “Young Storytellers” – Sunny Vachher + Daniel Hatcher

1:00pm-2:00pm ET – TAKE A LUNCH BREAK

2:00pm ET – “Play On!: Promoting Learning and Healthy Lifestyles through Active Play” – Russ Carson

2:25pm ET – “That’s Not Play…Say’s Who?” – Harrison Pinckney

2:50pm ET – “Inclusive Playground Design: A Case Study of Three New England Playgrounds” – Ingrid M. Kanics

3:10pm ET – PLAY Break!

3:25pm ET – “Rescuing Recess: Who Gets to Play?” – Heather Von Bank + Sharon Peck

3:50pm ET – “Why Active Play is the Best Form of Self-Care” – Darryl Edwards

4:15pm ET – “The Play Room” – Virtual Happy Hour + Networking 


Register NOW for the 2023 Virtual Play Date,
Thursday, November 9. 

Registration is $40/Person.  Click here to register


CEUs are available for the Virtual Play Date (0.5 CEUs).  The CEUs are issued by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands on behalf of Indiana University at 0.1 per hour of learning. Paperwork will be required.


Group Rate
A special group discount rate is available to nonprofits, educational organizations and government agencies that register at least 5 employees from their organization to a single Play Date ($5 off per person). Please email us at for further details.