The IPA Canada National PlayDay celebrates the child’s right to play!
The IPA Canada National PlayDay events shine the light on the importance of child-directed play! We expanded from 11 PlayDays in various parts of the country in 2018 to 26 PlayDays from BC to NS in 2019. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic reduced the number of PlayDays to 1 in August 2020. We had a slight increase to 3 PlayDays for 2021. You can view our 2021 National PlayDay map here. For past PlayDay maps, click on the date: 2020; 2019.
When IPA Canada resurrected its National PlayDay initiative at our 2017 Triennial World Conference, we decided to align it with the National PlayDay in the United Kingdom which is the first Wednesday of August in the hope to encourage the establishment of a worldwide International PlayDay. This year it occurred on Wednesday, August 4th with some play days being hosted in the following days and into the weekend. You can view our National PlayDay 2021 poster here. For more information on the importance of child-directed play and some history on the Canadian event, please see our 2020 National PlayDay blog post.
IPA Canada developed a PlayDay Guide for our original campaign in 2000 that is available for download on our Resources page. Le guide est aussi disponible en français.
IPA Canada hosted two Zoom information sessions on Tuesday, June 29th : one at 2pm and again at 6pm EDT where we answered questions regarding our PlayDay manual. We also shared the successes of a community playday held during the COVID pandemic for last year’s National PlayDay and how to make it work in your context. As the country slowly came out of various levels of lock-down this summer, National PlayDay put the spotlight back on play and its fundamental importance for children, families and communities.
For those interested in finding out more about the 30+ years tradition of National PlayDay in the UK, visit the UK Playday site .
Feel free to download our PlayDay guide and become an agent of play, fun and discovery in your community! And start planning for National PlayDay 2022!