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OpenSeat's Play With Your Food idea facilitates connections between children and their parents (or caregivers) through playful & conversation-focused meals

This unique gathering is designed to bring parents and children together to engage in play, conversation, and delicious food around the dinner table. As a meal campaign of the OpenSeat meal-hosting platform, this idea aims to foster meaningful connections between parents, caretakers and their children, strengthening family bonds and creating lasting memories. Why 'Play With Your Food'? Mealtime...

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I really love the fact that [OpenSeat] is thinking about kids and families because I think there's such a need for families to be encouraged to connect with each other … I like where you are going with this. I think you're only gonna be able to kn...

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Play With Your Food
Lisa Ternent

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Great for

  • Someone who wants to improve the quality of relationships between parents and children (ages 4-12) in their community
  • Someone who is passionate about childhood social development
  • Someone who likes working with children
  • Someone who enjoys practicing the art of hospitality
  • Those with child or family-focused experience, whether parents, teachers, occupational therapists, ECD workers, or anyone else invested in the wellbeing and education of children

Play With Your Food project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Register on OpenSeat
  • Meet with us to discuss your plans and receive a hosting package
  • Create your event on the OpenSeat platform
  • Spread the word and manage the guestlist
  • Host the meal, and consider hosting another!


Suggested: There are five main aspects to starting a Play With Your Food idea. (1) If not hosted at someone's home, finding an appropriate venue with the help of OpenSeat (30-60 minutes). (2) Creating your specific Play With Your Food event on the OpenSeat platform, writing up a description, thinking through the meal protocol that will be followed, and spreading the word through social media (1-2 hours total). (3) Organising food and drink — dependent on whether the event is self-catered or not (30 minutes to 6 hours). (4) Setting up the table and environment (30-60 minutes)(5) Hosting an OpenSeat event (around 3 hours).


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65 Play With Your Food projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Everyone from families, friends, presidents, workers, Jesus and celebrities have used meals as a symbolic act of relationship building, even cross-cultural exchange — a way to bring together diverse groups of people in a harmonious environment. Sharing a meal together offers the opportunity for deep conversation, a thousand and one laughs, easy as well as awkward interactions — experiences that create lasting memories.

Callum Oberholzer

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