September 02, 2010

Five good reasons to join a Play Day

Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop playing. In fact, hundreds of communities across the United States will soon be gathering for a day of play during our national Play Day week, coming up on Sept. 18-26.

Don’t get left out! Visit our online planner to find a Play Day near you. Then, go ahead and RSVP to the event so the host will know to expect you and your kids. Here are five good reasons to join:

 

  1. Have fun! First and foremost, your Play Day is about adults and kids coming together to enjoy fresh air and good company.
     
  2. Teach your kids those good old-fashioned games. Freeze tag? Red Rover? In an era of video games, many children these days simply don’t know how to play the childhood games you cherish. Here’s a chance to share them.
     
  3. Meet your neighbors. In our busy lives, it can be hard to make time to spend with neighbors, school parents, or other important communities in your life. Joining forces to organize and participate in a Play Day strengthens community ties.
     
  4. Improve your playground. Many Play Days include a service element so that you can leave your park or playground in better condition than it was when you arrived. The Play Day in your neighborhood can involve planting flowers or trees, building benches or picnic tables, painting murals, cleaning up, and much more.
     
  5. Advocate for play. Play is on the decline. By joining a Play Day, you are joining a national movement to spread the message that play is vital for America’s children.

If you can’t find a Play Day near you, it’s not too late to start your own.

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The KaBOOM! Play Day program is presented by Mott’s and made possible by the ongoing philanthropic support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as NFL PLAY 60. Operational support for the KaBOOM! Play Day program provided by National Environmental Education Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Marine Corps Community Services. Together with KaBOOM!, these organizations are working together to sign up thousands of communities to host events that support the importance of play in children’s lives.

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