Street Play – helping communities reconnect with streets

Today we are very proud to announce a three year partnership between Play England, Playing Out, London Play and Bristol University to get kids out playing in their streets, neighbourhoods and the spaces near where they live. This programme is backed by the Department of Health as part of its drive to help children and … Continue reading

Helping Hackney open its streets for play

Guest post by Claudia Draper Though I helped organise it, I have to admit our last street party over the Jubilee weekend was a bit of a wash out. In the face of remorseless torrential rain, much of our street committee’s carefully planned programme – including tug of war, giant street feast, and open mic … Continue reading

The London Play Go Kart Grand Prix returns!

For years in London there was an annual Go Kart Race (or ‘Box Cart Derby’ for the veteran kart drivers amongst us). For one reason or another this fantastic tradition stopped happening. This year London Play decided enough was enough, and that the time had come to breathe life back into this great event. So last … Continue reading

Play on the Street!

Did you see BBC Breakfast this morning? Today (at 6:52, repeated about hourly) Susannah and John Maguire are asking whether our kids play out in the streets, or if you wish they did? Did you? Illustrating the piece are shots of the ground breaking Bristol’s Playing Out Project, where streets can close regularly after school. … Continue reading

Today is International Mud Day 2012!

Today is International Mud Day, a chance for kids all over the world to get out and get  muddy! What will you do to mark this mud day? Why not get together with the kids in your life and play at being a chef with some mud pies or twig soup, or even build your … Continue reading

‘How can a bird that is born for joy sit in a cage and sing?’

Leila Berg the children’s author who died recently wrote Look at Kids in 1972, a book full of bitter sweet stories about the pain of growing up and the prejudice and often hostility of adults towards children. How in our everyday actions we ignore or belittle children’s curiosity, their natural awe of the world, their … Continue reading

Play in a box…what would you choose?

As one of 17 members in the new Free Time Consortium, London Play is mobilising an army of volunteers to increase children’s opportunities for natural play across London. As part of this Taking Nature to the Streets project, we are developing a new idea called ‘Play in a Box’. The concept is to have a … Continue reading

Latest supporters: Arla, Grounds for Learning and Playing Out

It is always a real pleasure to hear from people and organisations that want to support Love Outdoor Play. The most recent three are very different types of organisation that want the same thing.. kids to have more opportunity to play outdoors. Arla foods are behind Cravendale milk, Anchor butter and other famous dairy products. … Continue reading

Playing Out on ITV1

The mood in the media appears to be constantly supportive of increased outdoor play. In this first of three special programmes on ITV in the UK, Julie Etchingham states in her report that children need the time and space to play outdoors. She goes on to reveal that in an especially commissioned poll on Mumsnet … Continue reading