By Zan

In partnership with KOOP Adventure Play, we are pleased to announce that registration for the first ever Prioritizing Play Conference in Urbana, Illinois on 3rd-5th May is officially open. We’ve been working with Kelsey and Naomi of KOOP for a few years now, helping train them in the basics of playwork theory through the Playworker Development Course, and talking with them about what that means in practice. We know that between our two organisations, we have created an exciting opportunity for folks to get together and talk about play and playwork with keynote speakers Peter Gray and Pop-Ups very own Morgan Leichter-Saxby.

“Play is a necessity for children and youth. Yet with each passing year, the time, space and freedom children have allocated to self- directed play is infringed upon.  This May, those who work with children or are interested in play in their communities will gather to review why play is important, hear about the current movement towards prioritizing play and to learn about how the field of playwork is crucial in today’s world.”

You can register here, and some information is below. We look forward to seeing you there!


Date: 3rd-5th May 2018 
Location: Illini Union Hotel, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. 
Keynote Speakers: Peter Gray and Morgan Leichter-Saxby
Early Bird Rate: $350 USD
Full rate: $450 USD

Limited financial assistance is available. More information can be found here with more details to follow. If you have any questions please email