Discover the Transformative Power of Play: A Recap of the Inaugural Prioritising Play Conference in Illinois, USA, hosted by Pop-Up Adventure Play and KOOP.

We were pleased to announce that together with our friends at Kid Owned and Operated Play (KOOP), we organised a play conference which was held during 3rd-5th May 2018. Naomi and Kelsey of KOOP are both students of ours on the Playworker Development Course and we were delighted that they had asked us to help make this event happen. Anyone interested in exploring more about play was welcome to join us in Illinois, USA for the first ever Prioritising Play Conference.
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During the Prioritising Play Conference, attendees had the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops, interactive discussions, and collaborative activities. These sessions were aimed at promoting play-based learning and fostering inclusive play environments. From exploring the benefits of loose parts play to discussing strategies for integrating play into educational settings, the conference offered a diverse range of topics. These topics were tailored to suit the interests and needs of attendees. Participants also had the chance to network with like-minded individuals and share best practices. Additionally, they gained inspiration for incorporating play into their own communities. Overall, the conference served as a catalyst for sparking conversations and driving positive change in how we prioritise and support play for children worldwide.

Watch this space for more information on future events. If you have any questions, please contact

By Zan