To help us remember to play every day, and to spread our message of the importance of play, the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative created this Play Poster, a free resource that is available in digital and print formats. Unveiled at Ultimate Play Day on May 19th, the poster is available to download. Read more about the poster and download it here. Thank you to Medina Jackson, MSW, from the P.R.I.D.E. Program for the inspiring quote!
The time for play is now!
Want to host a play pop-up but could use some guidance? Need to know more about recess and how you can help your children and your schools? Check out our newly updated website for info on play boxes and recess resources.
Read on below for upcoming play pop-ups, news from the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative and more!
Looking for the next Big Playful Idea?
Our Unconference: Play for Change attendees are! The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative is excited to announce eight Play for Change Big Idea grant recipients! Thanks to The Grable Foundation and The Benedum Foundation for their support of this effort.
Did you know research points to a direct correlation between play and stress reduction? We want to play and reduce stress with you this winter! We're looking to partner with YOU to do a play pop-up! Check out the play pop-up micro grant opportunity here, thanks to support from the Remake Learning Network's Great Remake! Anyone can apply, so don't miss out on this play pop-up opportunity!
The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative is a recipient of the Let's Play Everywhere Challenge!
Created by KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through play, and Let's Play , from Keurig Dr Pepper, the Let's Play Everywhere Challenge is about creating opportunities for free, unstructured, unplanned play. It is about ensuring all kids, no matter where they come from or where they live, get the active play they need to thrive.
Fall is here and brings with it exciting opportunities to play!
If you haven't heard about Play for Change, our October conference co-hosted with Philadelphia Playful Learning Landscapes, we hope you'll read more and help us to spread the word. 25 teams of five to seven individuals from across Southwestern Pennaylvania and West Virginia will convene for this day-long event to think more critically about play. The event will include keynote speakers, lightning talks, hands-on activities, and time for action planning.
Over the past year, work has continued on the Elizabeth Street Parklet and Hazelwood Play Trail. With funding from the Heinz Endowments, work has included reconfiguring the path through the KaBOOM! playground, planting 12 trees and hundreds of shrubs and grasses, weeding and cleanup of existing trees and shrubs. Click on the link above to see some in-progress photos!
Play means more than toys and games! It is a connector—play can shape the way children, adults, and communities interact with one another and think about their days, how they use their community space, and most importantly how to solve problems. For children, play is how they learn. For communities, it can be the key to building engagement and ownership in our shared public spaces or to addressing some of our most critical challenges.
As the summer winds to a close and we look to a new season of play, the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative has lots of playful news to report!
Work on the Elizabeth Street Parklet and Hazelwood Play Trail continues! Once planting and paving are complete, we'll host a community day in late September/early October. Stay tuned!
Our Recess Advocacy Team is hard at work looking at next steps. Sign up for our newsletter (first one coming soon!) to learn more.
We are in planning stages for a Play Convening to happen in Pittsburgh in October. Some goals are to deepen understanding about playful communities and the value of playful learning as well as to share our regional story of play as a change agent. More information coming soon.
We also continue to highlight playful opportunities in and around our region. Check out our events below!
What a whirlwind summer we're having! We hope you're finding time to play and enjoy each day. We've been busy at work (read: playing!) bringing play to the Pittsburgh region and having fun everyday! We've got exciting news to share in the coming months and hope you'll join us at one of our many play pop-ups around the city. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and stay tuned to our website's events calendar to learn more. Check out some images from our play pop-ups below and find more photos on our social media pages.
The word PLAY evokes something different for each of us. Here at the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative we think it's important to find a way to play everyday. Find that moment of joy in everyday and share it with someone. Or join us at one of the many events where we'll be playful this month!
Progress continues on the Elizabeth Street Parklet as part of the Hazelwood Play Trail. Check back soon to learn more about our Community Day/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Trail Marking when the parklet is complete!
It's time to play!
The 6th annual Ultimate Play Day at August Wilson Park was a huge success! If you weren't able to join us, check out some great images from the day (photos courtesy:Ben Filio)! Be sure to visit our FaceBook and Twitter for more photos.
We're thrilled to announce that the Collaborative received grant funds from The Great Remake to offer PLAY for all and bring play to more communities in the upcoming year. More info to come soon!
We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did! This event was a part of Remake Learning Days, a collection of hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences in neighborhoods across southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
We have some pictures posted on the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative websitealready, so be sure to check those out and tag us on social media with any photos you took!
Won't you join us for a day of play?
This Sunday, May 20th 2018 from 1-4 pm the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative will be hosting the 6th annual Ultimate Play Day at August Wilson Park in the Hill District and we hope you'll join us! This free and open to the public event is held in a different location each year in order to highlight the many wonderful playful assets Pittsburgh has to offer. If you haven't been to August Wilson Park it's a park to see! Check out some photos below, courtesy of our wonderful partner, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
We're so excited you've decided to join us in play!
If you found us through FaceBook, Twitter, a web search leading you to our website, NEXTPittsburgh or at one of the many wonderful events where we've been playing recently, welcome! And if you've been following us for awhile, thank you for being a part of our playful community!
We've had many exciting things going on and are thrilled to share them with you. Don't forget to come out and play with us at Ultimate Play Day on Sunday May 20th from 1-4 pm at August Wilson Park. We'll have so many fun activities for you we're not sure 3 hours will leave you enough time! Join us for a FREE day of play.
We could not be more excited to share with you the newest publication about play in Pittsburgh! If Kids Built a City: Possibilities for Play in Pittsburgh is a beautiful booklet put together by Root + All with generous support from The Grable Foundation. View the pdf via the link above or as a pdf on our website.
Ever wonder how many parks are in Pittsburgh? Or where you can borrow a cake pan shaped like a skeleton? Did you ever walk one of Pittsburgh's famous city steps and wonder how many there are? Check out the publication to read more about play in Pittsburgh.
What does play look like to you? How do you define play? How can we find more time to play? All of these are important questions that we seek to answer everyday. Sometimes it's fidgeting with a device while sitting at your desk, or maybe it's finding time to walk outside during the day or on a beautiful night. Sometimes it's at a playground, sometimes it's a board game at home. Whatever way you define play, no matter how small or how large, find time to do it when you can!
Take a look at some pictures below from a mini pop-up play day at the Carnegie Library in Hazelwood with some students learning to build and work as a team last week!
We'll continue to provide and highlight opportunities in and around Pittsburgh for play and are always excited to partner in new and exciting ways!
We look forward to playing soon!
We hope that wherever you are, you're staying warm and finding time for play everyday! February is a month of planning, playing and project management here at the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative.
Planning is underway for Ultimate Play Day 2018 at August Wilson Park in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood. Our many partners and new community stakeholders are hard at work putting together an exciting day of play and exploration. Be sure to put Sunday, May 20th on your calendar! We're playing as much as we can, including our first mini pop-up play day in partnership with the Carnegie Library in Hazelwood on February 22nd. Check our events page to learn more! And for project management, the Hazelwood Play Trail is continuing to grow with community conversations and planning for the Elizabeth Street Project, the next stage of the play trail!
We look forward to playing together soon!