How are You Making Time to PLAY?

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!

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Playful Tuesdays with Gus

Every Tuesday in July and August
4:00pm to 6:00pm
West Ohio Street on the Northside near Gus and YiaYia's ice ball cart
In partnership with Northside Leadership Conference and City of Pittsburgh Mayor's Office - Each week we will bring playful activities for all ages


Every Tuesday in July and August
10:00am to 11:30am
Market Square Downtown
In partnership with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership - Each week we'll have fun playful activities for kids and families

Member Spotlight

Each month we will spotlight one of our wonderful partners and the work they do through audio collected and edited by SLB Radio

Venture Outdoors - Click the name to hear Venture Outdoors staff discuss the importance of play in the work their organization. Check out our member page to learn more about why Venture Outdoors is a partner of the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative!

Monthly Blog

This article is part of our Member Blog Series, which showcases Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative Members' efforts and commitment to ensure that play is a critical element in the lives of people of all ages. Each month, a different member organization will share their take on how play is a part of the work they do. 

July 1, 2018
Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative Member Blog
Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center

Pretend Play - Why it's important to your child's learning

Many parents have asked over the years why children would be encouraged to engage in pretend play in the housekeeping, woodworking and block play areas in a  preschool classroom and/or infant/toddler setting. It’s important for your child to be ready for kindergarten and are questioning what early childhood professionals are thinking.  Pretend play for both boys and girls in the various areas of the room greatly contributes to their respective learning process and integrates their understanding of their life experiences.


"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson