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Play Wales challenges UK parties

Play Wales has published its Manifesto for Children’s Play ahead of the UK general election on 8 June. Adrian Voce casts his eye over it. The national play advocacy body, Play Wales has this week published...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Parties for Play?

The UN (2016) has been clear – and a range of evidence confirms – that the UK government needs to commit to doing more for children’s play. This should include: protecting play space through a...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

New York ‘junk’ inspires kids to play

A new project in the heart of New York City is demonstrating that the mainly European tradition of adventure playgrounds, currently facing big challenges in the UK and elsewhere, as austerity bites, have enduring popularity wherever there are...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Online tool supports ‘risky play’

A free online tool, developed by the University of British Columbia, to encourage parents to allow their children to take part in ‘risky’ outdoor play is now live. Adrian Voce reports. A tool to encourage and...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Fight for iconic Mexican playground

A unique 50-year old playground in Guadalajara, Mexico is under threat of closure. Playgroundology’s Alex Smith thinks this would be a tragedy, and here describes the campaign to keep it open. Public playspaces are joyful places. They’re filled with laughter,...Read more
|Comment|author: Alex Smith

How the US is embracing adventure playgrounds

While adventure playgrounds in the UK continue to face threats to their futures a result of on-going austerity in the public sector, a movement in the United States is cultivating their renaissance in American cities. Emma Kantrowitz reports. Swings, slides, jungle gyms and...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Scottish Parliament debates national play charter

The Scottish Parliament has debated the country’s first Play Charter, developed and promoted by Play Scotland, the national play charity. Adrian Voce reports. A motion to support Scotland’s first Play Charter, developed by Play Scotland, was...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Freiburg’s streets for children

Freiburg in Germany was facing an exodus of young families, until it rose to the challenge of making its streets more playable for children … without bankrupting the city! Ann-Kathrin Schöll explains. At the beginning of the...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Is joining the German army a game?

With its recent recruitment campaign, the German army has provoked outrage from children’s play advocates by comparing enlisting in the forces to playing outside; evoking, say its critics, some dark echoes from the country’s past. Berta Kaufmann reports. To invoke...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce