At Let’s Play America (LPA) we believe everyone deserves to play. If you are looking for a way to bring play, fun, activity, health and energy to your community our Play Day programme and how to handbooks will help you do just that. Communities have gathered and played together for centuries and there was a time when these play events were the highlight of the year. Everyone looked forward to gathering, dining and playing together. We at LPA want to help you regain your sense of community, and we feel one of the best ways to do this is to plan a Play Day. It's your turn to bring magic to your community so read the steps with a playful eye, watch the videos, laugh, smile and dream of what you can do to bring play to others. Playing is universal and something we all should experience often. Let’s play!
- Pat Rumbaugh, The Play Lady
A Play Day is a playful event by and for a specific community. Free and open to all, a Play Day is organized around resources, skills, and interests inherent to the community.
We believe that play is a vital part of the human experience.
We believe in the benefits of play.
We believe play grows relationships and builds communities.
“One of the amazing things about Play Days to me is the diversity of ages from little kids to grands teaching each other. For seniors, the energy of the kids is contagious! For the kids, it is a day away from screens, learning to connect, to one on one and in groups. The dress-up area where everyone changes from regular people to super heroes, princesses, and knights is a big draw. Middle and high schoolers learn to manage different areas, lead games, set up and take down while getting SSL hours.”
- Jay Keller, LPA Volunteer
How to get involved
Allow 6 months to plan with the Play Committee giving approx 2 hours per month to recruit the team, assign roles, secure permissions etc. A month out from your Play Day things ramp up so allow a couple of hours twice a week to keep things on track.