2024 International Day of Play

  1. Updates

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted June 11 as the International Day of Play. This global celebration was established to champion and protect children’s right to play.

On this day, and throughout the year, adults and decision-makers are asked to:

  • Invest in kids’ right to play
  • Provide more opportunities for play
  • Protect safe and accessible play spaces
  • Respect the voices of play advocates
  • Support social skill development through play

“We did this because we believe every child can reach their full potential, with the time, space and access to play.”

Playworks joins the other founding organizations in uplifting kids’ fundamental right to play, and the many benefits that play can have for our children. Through play, kids can build resilience, develop confidence, form relationships, and practice many important life skills. By creating safe spaces and time for play, we can strengthen our communities, one child at a time.

Taking part in the International Day of Play can be as simple as making extra time to play on June 11. Get in the game in person, or participate online by sharing the play movement with your network.

Here are a few games that you can play anywhere, without any playground equipment needed!

Rock Paper Scissors Stretch


Beans on Toast


I See I See


Looking for more games to try on? Visit our free Game Library

Want to get your workplace involved? Download our free Work Play Balance Playbook for great games to play with adults.

Learn more about the International Day of Play

More Updates

Kids playing jumprope
Kids playing jumprope

June 11, 2024

Playworks New England and Hasbro Team Up to Celebrate the Inaugural International Day of Play in Rhode Island on June 11 ›

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May 21, 2024

Supporting Student Mental Health Through Play ›

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Playworks and the American Academy of Pediatrics teamed up for a special webinar exploring the ecosystem of care for kids’ mental health and…

March 19, 2024

Research Shows Girls at Playworks Schools Get More Physical Activity ›

If you ask a group of students what their favorite part of the school day was, many answers will include something that happened at recess. That’s because the playground is…