Philly Play was started by Councilman Bobby Henon (6th District), in 2013 to get kids engaged in active play. Through play-themed events and education, Councilman Henon was able to promote healthy play and active behaviors to hundreds of families in Northeast Philadelphia.

In 2014, Philadelphia City Council expanded the program to provide access to free, healthy, active play activities to families across the City. Through free play programming at recreation centers around Philadelphia, mixed with play events and skill competitions, Philly Play grew to give kids safe, accessible ways to play and get on the path to a healthy adulthood.

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. Getting out and playing is the first step in ensuring healthier outcomes for our kids.

Head back to our homepage to find out how Philly Play helps. 

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