Playday 15 gets underway in Glasgow
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Playday 15 gets underway in Glasgow

Today (Wednesday) hundreds of young Glaswegians will exercise their right to play on their own doorsteps as community centres, parks and playgrounds pull out all the stops to encourage families to get outside and enjoy playing where they live.

Playday 15, a Play UK initiative supported in Glasgow by Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, offers families the chance to play games and take part in exciting activities in their own neighbourhoods. From bug hotels to bouncy castles, teddy bears picnics to traditional playground games the campaign creates opportunities for young people to engage in free play whilst discovering the fantastic facilities on offer in their local community venues. 

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “It’s so important that children have the chance to learn through play, and campaigns, such as Playday 15, offer families a fantastic opportunity to engage in a range of exciting, playtime activities on their own doorstep.

“Not only do learning initiatives such as these encourage children to play more games, they also enable residents to come together and get to know each other, all of which adds to the fantastic sense of community spirit Glasgow prides itself on.”

On Wednesday, 5th August, venues across the city will offer children and their families the opportunity to play, learn and take part in at a range of different activities. Each Playday 15 event is supported by community and play-based organisations who will be on-hand to offer games and fun events including gardening workshops, bouncy castles, storytelling and live music, creating a celebration of play across Glasgow. 

Activities include a Teddy Bears picnic, storytelling sessions and bug hotel building at Firhill Community Central Hall, whilst over at Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre a range of hands-on activities, including gardening for green-fingered youngsters, will be offered alongside engaging sessions from a children’s entertainer to wow the younger crowds. 

At Kelvingrove Park Tennis Courts the nationwide Play on Pedals campaign, devised to create opportunities for children under the age of five to have a go at cycling, will be offering free drop-in sessions for pre-school children to learn how to ride, pedal and balance on bikes alongside exciting games and activities.

Cycling sessions are also on offer in the east end, as Playbusters deliver an afternoon of cycling fun at Whiterose Community Hall in Beardmore Park, alongside more traditional playground games and over on the south-side Oatlands Park offers residents the chance to take part in the messy play activities, bouncy castle and face painting.  

As well promoting children’s right to play, Playday 15 is built on the belief that playing more is crucial for children’s health, well-being and happiness, providing a safe, fun way for children and their families to interact and creating a real sense of community cohesion across the city.

Families from across the city are invited to get involved and take part in the initiative. Full details of the event times and participating venues can be found on the Young Glasgow Facebook page: or by searching Glasgow activities via the Playday 15 event planner:  

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