Tomorrow (Wednesday 4 August 2021) is Playday, the national day for play in the UK, and children and families in Leeds are invited to join in the fun and #GoOrange by wearing, finding, creating or even baking something orange.
The day is a chance to campaign about the importance of play and reflects Leeds City Council’s ambition to make Leeds a child friendly city.
Play is fundamental to children’s health, wellbeing and happiness, but months of being isolated at home has made it more difficult for kids to be playful.
Child Friendly Leeds events and activities are taking place around the city centre tomorrow to mark Playday. From pop-up climbing walls, city-wide trails to playful arts and craft sessions, there’s something fun for everyone.
Prizes will be awarded to the best #GoOrange pictures shared on social media using the hashtag.
An online activity pack has been launched full of fun activities and recipes to help people with their #GoOrange celebrations, and to keep families entertained throughout the day.
If you’re visiting Middleton or Cross Flatts parks on Playday, make your own adventure by downloading Love Exploring – the new, free and fun way to encourage families to be active together and inspire people of all ages to explore their local parks and discover some of the city’s cultural treasures. Available to download to your smartphone, the app lets you join our Dinosaur Safari, through an augmented reality (AR) game.
LeedsBID have also been supporting all things child friendly and recently launched the Leeds Jurassic Trail 2, featuring 13 life-size moving dinosaurs across the city.
Councillor Fiona Venner, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships, said:
“Child Friendly Leeds have hosted an event on National Play Day annually and this year we have been promoting the #Summer of Play, a campaign recently launched by Save the Children and Play England to highlight the importance of play.
“I’m thrilled to see so many of our partners and ambassadors across the city support our commitment to ensuring that every child has the right to play by organising events and activities for children and young people. On the day, activities will take place across the city as we ask everyone to #GoOrange, have fun and celebrate all of the amazing things that are making Leeds the best city for children and young people to grow up in.”
To download the free digital event pack and see what’s on during the day visit: childfriendlyleeds.
This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds City Council