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The Play Crisis

Posted on: September 24, 2010

No Time for Play?

How many children report having no time for play?  How many schools have NO recess?  In the last 20 years, how many HOURS of play per week have children lost?

The surprising (and disheartening!) answers to these questions are highlighted in this video on the Ultimate Block Party’s YouTube channel.  But don’t despair!  Not only will you and your child have a chance to play on October 3 in Central Park and explore the wonders and benefits of play with other families, friends, and experts, but the Ultimate Block Party is just the first step in a national and international movement to bring play back to childhood.  Take a look at our video to learn some surprising facts but also comment on this blog and answer the question our experts will be answering at the event – How did YOU play when you were young?  How did it shape who you became?

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