Get people on board - you can’t do this alone!
Make sure at least one other
parent, neighbour or family is
signed up to help out. It’s always
good to have a second pair of
hands to help, so talk to your
friends and neighbours to see
Call into your neighbours to let
them know your idea. You could
set up an online message group to
decide which day and time would
work best. Once that’s agreed,
keep messages to a minimum
online and set up a smaller core
team to run the event.
Designate a play space on your
street. Make sure it’s reasonably
traffic free, with few access points
and will be welcoming to everyone.
Set your dates, confirm people’s
roles and move on to step 2 :)
Register your Playful Street
Register your Playful Street here on the changex platform . This means you'll have your very own event page that you can share with neighbours and friends, you can use it to organise ahead of your event, spread the word and share photos of the day. You can get lots more tips and advice at any time over on aplayfulcity.com and keep up to date with what's happening all over the country on Facebook, Twitter.
Closing your street - with help from your neighbours, local Gardai and/or local council.
Did you know you can close your
street, without charge, once you
have the support of your local
Temporary road closures for minor
events such as Playful Streets can
be organised with the help of the
local Gardai and are not processed
by the Council.
In the case of small events being
undertaken by Community Groups
and Residents Associations in a
communal space the agreement of
local residents is needed. In this
instance an event plan may not be
needed but is always beneficial for
safe running of an event.
If there are any questions, please
feel free to put your local
community Garda in touch with us !
Alternatively, you’ll need
permission from your council to
close a public road for a couple of
hours. Your local council’s website
will have a form to fill in.
Remember to apply well in
You’ll find a guide to closing your
street on page 13 of the full toolkit
Playful Streets work best with the
support of volunteers.
While parents remain responsible for
their children, and should be reminded
of that, cars moving on the street are
the biggest concern for safe street
Two stewards should be positioned at
points of access to cars (one to walk in
front of cars and one to stay where
The job of the steward is key for safe
and enjoyable Playful Streets so be
sure to talk to people directly about
signing up and be satisfied that they
are dependable & confident to deal
with vehicles and their drivers coming
onto the street.
There is more detail about briefing
stewards, and a sign up sheet in the resources section and Aplayfulcity.com
Tell everyone - sure it’ll be no craic at all if no one knows about it!
Here are some suggestions:
- Knock on your neighbours doors and tell them about Playful Street. Bring a flier.
- Social media is a great way to share info and get people excited about your Playful Street.
- Let your inner artist out and design your own invitations!
Make some posters and fliers and put them everywhere - including local schools, shops, creches etc. You can print templates from our website.
- We all have a neighbour who knows everyone - make sure they know about A Playful Street too!
- Poster & flier all the local schools, businesses, creches etc. You can go to aplayfulcity.com and print templates from our website if ye like!
- Let the kids on the street know, they’ll tell their parents :)
And don’t forget to tell us your story! Call us, write to us, tag us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and tell us where and why you are doing your Playful Street.
Go out and play
Remember to brief your stewards
before the session starts. (You’ll find a
stewards brief in the links below.
Here are a few ideas to get you started;
- Chalk is always the answer!
Remember Tip the Can, Red Rover Red Rover?! Show the kids the games you used to play Hopscotch.... The whole way up the street !
- Encourage kids to bring out their bikes, balls, scooters, skipping ropes....favourite stick
- Chalk is always the answer!
- Stand back adults and take some time for yourself, kids are the play experts.
- For children, sometimes the game is figuring out the game. Leave them at it.
- Fancy dolling the place up? -bunting !
AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT ...
Capture and share all the special moments of your Playful Street ! Photos are a great way to look back and remember the good times, but they also help to get people excited about what you’re doing and can inspire others to follow your lead. Use your social media savvy, share your pics and let others celebrate your day with you - & don’t forget to link your photos with A Playful City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so we can help inspire others too :) A simple video of your Playful Street will also help to encourage neighbours to get involved the next time. Be sure to share your video with us! Make sure you get permission!
Check out your full toolkit, the resources section and Aplayfulcity.com for all the additional templates and info below:
- Risk and safety plan
- Event Management Plan
- Leaflet to your neighbours
- Email/Letter to your Local Garda/Council
- Poster and flyer
- Information for stewards
- Useful links & resources