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Play and Playground News Center offers exclusive content written by prominent leaders in the industry as regular monthly columnists as well as other contributors who submit their news and views. The Play and Playground News Center also includes sections of recently published news articles on play, playgrounds, projects, products, parks and recreation, people, press releases, health and safety, toys, and fundraising as well as opinion pieces and a calendar of events.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:08am

Moving countries generally means learning a new language, making new connections and, for children, learning new ways of playing. For kids from immigrant families who are settling in Canada, play can be a way to fit in and adapt to a new home. But some parents worry that these new ways of playing mean their children are losing touch with their...

by: Ignacio Pérez
Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:17am

Gym workouts can be boring, especially if you don’t have an exciting goal like winning a marathon. Of late, the experience has become more important than the workout itself. The ‘Green Exercise’ movement is on the rise, and has turned the great outdoors into the ‘new indoors’.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 8:53am

A recent Johns Hopkins study found that today’s kids are so inactive that by the time they reach 19 they have the activity level of 60-year-olds. I have a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, “19 is the New 60,” looking at childhood sluggishness and making one blindingly simple suggestion. But first off: Why are kids so sedentary? On top of the...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 9:02am

John Chavis Memorial Park near downtown Raleigh recently received a big infusion of funds that will help pay for major updates to the historic park that include a new community center, destination playground and water play area. The city won a $747,000 grant from the National Park Services' Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program, which is...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 9:07am

Cambridge University has appointed the world’s first ever professor of play, Paul Ramchandani. A researcher who has spent the last 15 years leading the child and adolescent mental health research unit at Imperial College London, Ramchandani will take up the new role in early 2018. The position is funded through a £4m grant supporting the Centre...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 8:54am

More kids will be playing in the shade at the Durango Community Recreation Center after community members raised money for a canopy. Carl Curtiss raised $23,000 through individual donations for the $40,000 canopy that will be installed this year, Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz said. The city will pay the additional $17,000 for the shade...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:39am

South Dakota doctors routinely write prescriptions for everything from painkillers to ointments. This year, however, they’ll have a more novel option at their disposal: park prescriptions. Printed on a notepad with an “Rx” symbol in the top-left corner, a park prescription instructs a patient to take one free day at “any South Dakota state park or...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:34am

The Erie Zoo will offer families a new feature starting Saturday [August 5, 2017]. Maleno Adventure Woods, designed to combine play opportunities with nature, is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. in the children’s area of the zoo, 423 W. 38th St. “We’re so excited and we know families will just love this,” said Emily Antolik, director of...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 9:04am

The family road trips have been logged and summer camp has come and gone. And now your kids are … officially bored. Annoying for you? A little. Good for them? Yes! After all, having open days with nothing on the iCal leaves room to work on imagination and creative thinking skills. In order to help you light the spark, we’ve got 25 brilliant...

by: Kacey Mya
Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017 - 8:55am

That sheer joy that is characteristically felt by children and their adult companions alike on play-sets during celebrated outdoor time remains timeless, but not priceless. Concerns over safety and the possibility of injury abound, often unfairly sabotaging parents with worry and unease. To directly dispel those play-set what-if’s and unknowns,...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 8:45am

Ashburn, Va. (July 31, 2017) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company are proud to announce the grant recipients of the new Meet Me at the Park healthy living program. Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide were selected to receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to support...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 9:19am

Roads should be closed regularly to allow children to play in the street as they did a generation ago, health experts have said, after a study showed pilot schemes increased youngsters’ activity five-fold. More than 500 communities in Britain have already signed up to the ‘Playing Out’ initiative, which works with local councils to temporarily...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 9:33am

Wicksteed Playgrounds, known for its bespoke outdoor play schemes, has designed and installed an engaging Arctic play experience at the Highland Wildlife Park! The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) commissioned the play area which provides the opportunity to tell its main stories; about how its animals are incredibly adapted to the cold...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 8:00am

While this article is about toys, can playgrounds be far behind? How can we take advantage of this future direction for the best of our structures? There is nothing as potentially disruptive to manufacturing, and the toy industry in particular as, 3D Printing. It is astounding that a home appliance, the 3D Printer, by offering in-home...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 9:21am

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play, and Target launched the Play Everywhere Challenge, a competition that will award $720,000 in grants to local communities in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Miami. The Challenge...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 8:54am

We are about halfway through summer, and it seems that the novelty of “awesome summer activities” has begun to wear off. Hours of playing with the hose, or drawing with chalk, or even blasting super-soakers is definitely less exciting today than it was a few weeks ago. To remedy this situation, I have come up with 4 fun summer activities, re-...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 9:11am

When maintaining a playground, it is equally important to ensure the ground or ‘safety-surface’ is as safe as the equipment. Children need a soft place to land when they jump or fall. If your playground already has a ground cover, or safety surface material, it's a good idea to get in the habit of checking the safety surface material levels often...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 9:26am

Alana's Children & Nature Program joins the worldwide natural families movement, aiming to engage parents and families from across Brazil in frequent and active time together in nature. Its goal is to learn what best applies to Brazil from family clubs in other countries while focusing on creating unique features that encompass Brazil's...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 8:49am

SALT LAKE CITY — Well-being is commonly defined by health experts as a state or presence of positive emotions and moods, reduction in negative emotions, as well as a sense of life satisfaction or fulfillment. Physical well-being, in particular, can be described as feeling healthy and having the energy to enjoy daily activities. Nutritional status...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 9:06am

WASHINGTON — This week on Every Day is Kids’ Day, we’re diving headfirst into play — after all, it’s summer. But play is so much more than a part of the summer experience for kids. It’s a key component in childhood development, not to mention mental and physical health. “Kids need to play because that’s the best way they learn,” said Pat...