2018 Conference on the Value of Play:
The Many Faces of Play, April 8-11, 2018

This annual conference brings together leading play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the country. The three-day event includes keynote and featured speakers, PLAYtalks, PLAYinstitutes, research symposium, educational sessions, roundtables, grant opportunities, networking, and opportunities for play.

“The Many Faces of Play” will explore the following themes:

International/Global Play          Multi/Intergenerational & Adults at Play          Accessible & Inclusive Play          Health, Recreation & Play
Nature Based & Outdoor Play          Education & Play          Designing for Play          Emerging Trends in Play          Nuts & Bolts


Steve Gross
Chief Playmaker and Founder
The Life is Good Kids Foundation 

Steve’s 2018 keynote presentation is titled “Spreading the Power of Optimism through Play.”

Steve is serious about play – and its tremendous benefits for all people. A recognized expert in utilizing, joyful play to promote resiliency in children, he has extended those insights to adults, reconnecting them to the passionate, joyful and playful selves that enable them to be their best in and out of the workplace.


PLAYtalks are our version of TED Talks.  They are a series of 15-20 minute dynamic, entertaining, enlightening, engaging, inspiring, informative talks by thought leaders in the play world.

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