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Play Talks

A series of talks digs deeper into play with the experts

Play Space hosted a series of public talks and discussions for designers, educators and families. The talks presented new research and approaches to child development, education, ethics, design, and policy that are reshaping our thinking about play—and play spaces.

The Science of Play | Susan G. Solomon | January 6, 2015
Architectural historian Susan G. Solomon shared insights from her new book The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds that Enhance Children’s Development, followed by a panel discussion with diverse play experts including Sharon Easterling, Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC); Alex Gilliam, The Public Workshop: and Meg Wise, Smith Memorial Playground. 

The Land Screening | Erin Davis & Morgan Leichter-Saxby | August 12, 2015
We screened The Land, a documentary film about the nature of play, risk, and hazard set in a Welsh "adventure” playground, followed by a discussion with the director of the film and the co-founder of Pop-Up  Adventure Play. 

Playwork Approaches | Morgan Leichter‐Saxby & Peg Szczurek | August 12, 2015
Pop-Up Adventure Play and the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) led a playworker training to help early childhood educators “rethink site, stuff, and staff to support children in building the playgrounds of their dreams.” 

Healthy Play Panel | October 9, 2015
Kelli McIntyre of Get Healthy Philly moderated a discussion on the impact of play on childhood learning and health with panelists Chloe Brown, Philadelphia High School for Girls; Alex Gilliam, The Public Workshop; Julie Hendrickson, Ground Reconsidered; Elaine Johnson, Latinas in Motion; and Sally Moore, Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School.

Child's Play Design Charrette, Public Presentation & Panel Discussion | October 30, 2015
Participants in a design charrette presented their innovative, affordable design ideas for incorporating nature-based play into family child care settings. Sharon Easterling, Executive Director of DVAEYC moderated a discussion with panelists Amanda Atkinson, Public Health Management Corporation; Ken Finch, Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood; Eva Gladstein, Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity; Debbie Green, The Parent Infant Center; The Honorable Bobby Henon, Philadelphia City Council; Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., Temple University; Lisa McDonald Hanes, ASLA, RLA, TEND landscape inc.; Peg Szczurek, DVAEYC; and Kendra Thomas, DVAEYC. 

Art of Play | Anna Beresin | November 4, 2015
Psychologist and folklorist Anna Beresin discussed her field work exploring and enriching play at several Philadelphia schoolyards and led a series of drawing exercises prompting designers to think about play in new ways. 

Play Power | Kathy Hirsh-Pasek | December 9, 2015
Psychologist Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a national leader in child development, presented her research, which shows how free play and playful learning is a catalyst for developing the skills our children will need to succeed in the 21st century. 


Play Talks: News + Events
Child's Play Design Charrette
In a mere five hours, the Child's Play Design Charrette laid the groundwork to help family child care providers tap into grants from A Running Start Philadelphia: Facility Fund...
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The Science of PLAY: Inspiring Ideas for Designing Play Spaces
A good play space allows kids to take small steps: climbing a little higher, moving a little faster, getting a little closer to something that could be dangerous like a ledge or...
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The Art of Active Play Healthy Play Panel
The Collaborative has been looking at play from many angles through its Play Space initiative, which explores the unexpected ways that innovative play space helps both children...
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The art of play
Psychologist and folklorist Anna Beresin asks: How can we make play more artful? Her fun, informal January 13th workshop will feature drawing exercises to explore what designers...
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Pop-Up Adventure Play
Morgan Leichter-Saxby has clocked 11,000 miles as co-founder of Pop-Up Adventure Play. She’ll be here in Philly on August 12 to lead a workshop and a film screening of The Land....
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The importance of playing with fire
Erin Davis tells how the “mess and the junk” of The Land, an adventure playground in West Wales, inspired her new documentary. She’ll be here on Wednesday, August 12 for a Philly...
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