Hi Folks! This Tues. and Weds. I’m heading to Columbia University here in New York City where they’re hosting Play On — a conference where we’re all supposed to bring our sneakers. That’s because in addition to hearing speakers talk about the importance of play, we’ll also be learning some “street” games and remembering why running around is so important! Remembering with our aching, middle-aged muscles! And guess what? Free-Range Kids readers get a special offer on the tickets — half price! Here’s the official release about the event. Maybe I’ll see you there! (Don’t throw the dodgeball at me!) — L.
PLAY ON CONFERENCE ABOUT TO COMMENCE IN NEW YORK CITY
Remember kick the can, capture the flag, street hockey, and backyard baseball? Kids who go outside to play today rarely find these. Due to safety concerns, TV and video games, as well as helicopter parenting, we have a generation of kids who’ve never spent their evenings playing until the street lights went on. Our young ones don’t know the fun games of yesterday and don’t have older children in the neighborhood to teach them. It’s time to change that! Join forces to build a movement for play at the Play On conference October 12-13th in New York City.
The conference is one of the most comprehensive forums on play anywhere, with hundreds of people who are working to bring more play into schools, more play spaces in communities, and more people who understand and value kids opportunities for play.
At Play On, you’ll hear from a terrific lineup of folks who care about kids, play, sports, service and making our comunities healthier and more accessible. Good Morning America’s Juju Chang, AmeriCorps Director John Gomperts, Author of The Hurried Child, Dr. David Elkind, Womens Soccer Champion Julie Foudy, Education Professor Pedro Noguera, Public Health Professor Toni Yancey. White House Chef Sam Kass will address conference attendees at a special dinner Tuesday.
Conference attends will have the chance to learn how to empower a community to build a new playground, how to teach kids yoga, how to create a school wellness policy and reconnect to the outdoors, as well as learning why children need play in school. There’s still time to register. The cost is $150 for one day but Free Rangers can pay $150 for BOTH days, by clicking here! (It’s another $50 for the dinner.) Play on!