Play has the power to create memories, connect communities and spark creativity, all whilst keeping people healthy and active.
This year, Leeds not only celebrated national Play Day on 4th August, but is encouraging families to let off steam during a whole ‘Summer of Play’. Child Friendly Leeds is inviting the city to #GoOrange and think about all things playful.
In a world of captivating technology, it’s important not to forget the simple joy of muddy puddles and make-believe, even at the expense of a few grazed knees! By limiting your child’s screen time and encouraging them to play more actively, both their mental and physical health can improve. Playful children can see improvements to their wellbeing and imagination, as well as fitness, agility and stamina.
One of the exciting ways that you can get involved is through Play Streets, which involves closing a road to traffic so that neighbours can connect and children can play out safely and freely. Anyone can do this through working with your local council and neighbours to allow children and young people to get out and enjoy themselves, even if they don’t live within walking distance to a park or playground. These designated play zones are shown to bring communities together whilst increasing children’s levels of physical activity. Learn more and apply today.
One study found that children are up to five times as physically active on Play Street days compared to a normal school day!
Other exciting activities include Breeze in the Park, which are fun events running in various Leeds parks throughout August. Here, families will find a fun fair, inflatables and other interactive activities- don’t forget to pre-book! Or for budding adventurers, check out the Leeds Jurassic Trail or Love Exploring app.
For more inspiration and information about how to get active in Leeds, visit the Get Set Leeds Get Active page.