Do you remember how to play? Some days there were hours of running around outside, inventing worlds and games by yourself or with friends. Other days, you might have been focused on the little things, creating miniature realms in a corner of the house. Either way, you know how vital play is for a child’s development, creativity, learning, and general well-being.
VIVO is a charity on a mission to raise healthier generations. One of these initiatives is the VIVO Play Project! The VIVO Play Project is committed to promoting play to the kids and communities of North Central Calgary. They focus on Loose Parts Play; by combining everyday, ordinary items with a child’s imagination, extraordinary play experiences develop. The project offers FREE experiences at Play Hubs to help kids and families get outside, get moving through unstructured play, and get connected.
These pop-up Play Hubs are community gathering spaces filled with loose parts and staffed by Play Ambassadors. It’s a free place designed for kids to learn to play in exciting new ways, allowing them to take little risks, engage their imagination, and build a sense of belonging. With the freedom to be imaginative and challenge themselves, kids become more resilient, active, and creative.
Check HERE for the most up-to-date Play Hub schedule.
Kids (of all ages!) will enjoy visiting these Play Hubs. Be sure to dress for the weather, and wear clothes that can get a little dirty, so kids can fully engage themselves in whatever they dream up. For the safety of visiting families and the Play Ambassadors, the Play Hubs will not operate in temperatures below -15°C (including wind chill), above 33°C (including humidity), in thunderstorms with active lightning, or when the Air Quality Index is 7+.
The VIVO Play Project also allows you to bring the play home, with FREE Play Kit Rentals. These kits are packed full of items designed to spark imagination and encourage kids to play in any way and in any place they like. Explore the community and explore imagination: there are no rules on how to play.
No matter the age, we all need to embrace the value of play in our lives. Let loose your imagination and discover amazing new worlds — in your own backyard!