Philly Play is a program brought to Philadelphia by City Council to help promote play to young children and provide access to healthy, active play activities to families across the City.
What does that mean?
Families are busy. Some can't afford access to play or nutritional education. Others still just don't know they have options available. But, Philadelphia is full of avenues for every family to make healthy choices for their
kids when it comes to active play. Philly Play connects families to those choices. Here's how:
Philly Play Summer Camp
Philly Play will offer children structured opportunities to learn about active play and nutrition at 10 targeted recreation centers across Philadelphia, one in each Council District, for six weeks.
At each of the 10 Philly Play sites, children will participate in special Philly Play programming including structured play time, skill building activities and interactive nutritional education with the Farm Explorer, a 20-foot mobile farm truck provided by Greener Partners.
Philly Play programming will split between two groups: one-hour each day for kids already taking part in traditional recreation center summer camp and one-hour for kids who are not normally in those camps. Programming will vary based on each center’s specific needs, available space, resources and demand.
Pop Up Play Events
Philly Play will also include separate Pop Up Play events around the City, with activities such as biking and swimming, organized through individual Council offices. Can't find programming at your local recreation center? Look out for a Pop Up Play event coming to your neighborhood! More information about these events will be available soon.
The program will culminate in a Philly Play Summer Challenge event at the Vogt Recreation Center, where kids from around the City will show off skills they learned over the six-week program and compete at all skill levels.
Philly Play Summer Challenge Event
On August 13, at the end of the six week Philly Play Summer Camp series, children from across Philadelphia will be invited to participate in the Philly Play Summer Challenge Event at Vogt Recreation Center in Northeast Philadelphia. They will be able to show off the skills they learned over the summer and compete against other children in various events and across skill and fitness levels.
Why is Philly Play important?
Nearly 1/3 of Philadelphia's children (K-6) are overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of youth developing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. By getting out and playing, we can take the first step in ensuring healthier outcomes for our kids.
So what are you waiting for? Come out and play!