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CU For Play

CU For Play takes place during a larger Prioritizing Play Conference.

You’re invited to celebrate and learn more about children’s play at the Illini Union May 5th from 2:45pm-6:30pm. This is the final event of our Prioritizing Play Conference, and parents will hear from professionals busy advocating for children’s play in communities around the world. With a combination of panel discussions, workshops and presentations, all following a public pop- up play event from 1230-2:30, this special offering inside our larger conference is geared towards our local community in an effort to share these world- renowned speakers in a more accessible way. Children will have access to self-directed staffed play opportunities during this time. KOOP has been serving the children of CU since 2015, and this event is part of its mission to bring meaningful play opportunities to children while creating a culture that values play. --Fee: $49 --May 5th. Illini Union 12:30-2:30- Pop Up Play Event (at Washington Park), Content 3-6:30 3:00-3:45 Play Deficit Disorder: A Worldwide Crisis and How to Solve It Locally. Prof Peter Gray 3:45-4:30 Junkyards, Adventure Playgrounds, Hospitals and Parks: What is Playwork? Morgan Leichter- Saxby 4:30-5:00 Community-Embedded Practice: KOOP’s Mission and Work So Far 5:00- 6:00 Panel: Can Education and Playwork Cooperate? 6:00-6:30 Closing Conference The content has been curated for our supportive local community to have an opportunity to hear from world- renowned speakers Prof. Peter Gray and Morgan Leichter- Saxby. Hear about why play is important, the effects of Play Deficit Disorder, why Playwork is crucial and applicable in many settings and what work we can do locally and beyond to make play more accessible and central to the cities we love. To Register for CU For Play

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