A note from the Play in the Park team...
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to each of the 1,814 children and adult family members who came out to play with us over the Summer.
Play in the Park is proud to have been part of the #SummerOfPlay campaign which united organisations nationwide in providing free child-led play opportunities – recognising the need for children to have their own space, time and creativity post lockdowns.
And our Summer certainly was playful! We delivered 26 free play sessions in The Regent’s and Greenwich Parks as well as in the areas local to them. As well as weekly play sessions we put on playful events; in Greenwich Park we celebrated international Play Day with a loose parts extravaganza that included pirate go karts, junk modelling, giant bubbles, dressing up and all manner of made-up games and activities. In The Regent’s Park we hosted the launch of London Play’s Formula Fun Fortnight and ran a special cardboard box themed play session alongside it.
Through our weekly play sessions, which began in May, we grew into a fully functioning community play project – starting small we sought feedback from children and their adults to shape the content of the sessions. Our approach has also been informed by valuable input and reflections from our brilliant London Play playworkers. Together we identified places to play in the local area, forged meaningful relationships with organisations and, best of all, got to know and play with you!
We finished up our delivery for 2021 this Autumn Half Term with playful Halloween celebrations in Greenwich and The Regent’s Parks that included pumpkin carving, face painting, dressing up, magic potion making and some experiments with playing in the dark.
Now that it is Winter we have safely squirreled away our equipment and hung up our Playworker high viz vests until we resume play sessions and events in the Spring of 2022. Over the colder, wetter months we will be running mini projects with the local community.
GLOUCESTER GATE PLAYGROUND MOSAIC PROJECT
We will be working alongside a community artist with children and families on designing and making a new mosaic centrepiece for the Gloucester Gate Playground that celebrates outdoor play and the biodiversity of The Regent’s Park. If you are a local family or organisation who would like to be a part of this please contact Chrissy.firstname.lastname@example.org
REMEMBERING PLAY WITH THIRD AGE PROJECT
We will also be working with Third Age Project to run three workshops with older residents of the Regent’s Park Estate, in which we explore play memories and experiences – this will culminate in an intergenerational event or activity. If you are a resident of The Regent’s Park Estate or Somers Town and would like to be involved or would like more information please get in touch email@example.com
And in Greenwich we will be developing a project which focusses on families of children with additional needs and their access to play during spring.
We have loved getting to know you all and coming to understand a bit better the issues facing children and families living locally to the Gloucester Gate and Greenwich Park Playgrounds and we are really looking forward to playing out again in the Spring.
Wishing you all the best for a warm, safe, happy and playful Winter.
If you are aged between 5-15 and live locally, we want to hear your views on play, including what you do for fun and what activities we should offer. Each participant will receive a gift card for a personalised treasure trail to do in your local area:
Follow a self-guided TREASURE TRAIL through the winding backstreets and hidden corners of villages, towns and cities around the UK. Crack the clues along the route to unlock incredible stories from the past and solve the mystery at the end. Before you know it, you’ve walked a couple of miles, taken in the highlights, put your heads together as a family and return home with a massive smile on your face! For more information visit treasuretrails.co.uk
To register your interest email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age and the first three characters of your postcode.
Bug Competition Winner
In winter, we asked children what is your favourite invertebrate and why? Congratulations to Kaleb Hanson, aged 9 who has won a real life bug hunt in The Regent's Park with the experts from Mission: Invertebrate. You can read his entry below:
If I was an invertebrate I would be an “Antle” this would be a cross a little bit between an ant and a beetle and a magical made up creature. This is because I love both these species and I couldn’t choose which one to pick to enter this, so I thought I would pick a mix of both and create my own creature in there too !!!
An Antle is a beetles body with an ants head and has little webbed wings to fly. It would live in a large colony under the ground and spend a lot of time collecting food, protecting our queen antle and act as a decomposers, feeding on waste and other insects. Antles are also quite keen on eating candy floss and popcorn, so we would rely on little children walking by to drop snacks for us to come out and eat.
Antles would sleep in the day and come out at night when all the people at the park have gone home and they would fly above the ground with X-ray vision glow in the dark eyes and look out for food left behind by children in the day. Antles would help with climate change as their poo which is hazardous and highly toxic would breakdown plastic bottles and other rubbish in the park and prevent landfill waste!
Overall Antles are a great little magical invertebrate who are really cool and important to the environment!!!! Save the Antles!!!
You can view examples of our past Play in the Park activities here
You can also see our upcoming events brochure here.