On 4 August (National Day for Play in UK), we are celebrating Child Friendly Leeds by turning the city orange on the national day for play in the UK! The Playday 2021 theme (#SummerOfPlay) recognises the challenges children and young people have faced over the past year and the need to enjoy time for play free of restrictions, with their friends, having fun! We invite the city to #GoOrange with Child Friendly Leeds on the day and think about all things playful!
#GOORANGE ON THE NATIONAL DAY FOR PLAY!
To celebrate the day, our partners have put on many events, activities, play streets and opportunities to get involved in and have fun around the city! From the Leeds Jurassic Trail to discovering Leeds Parks with the new Love Exploring app! More details on what’s on this Summer in Leeds on our ultimate family friendly guide.
Leeds City Centre
All day | Come and collect your free Leeds Jurassic Trail 2 map and find the 13 large animatronic dinosaurs across the city. Prizes available for the best photographs and for catching as many dinosaurs as you can using the Leeds Jurassic Trail app!
Bond Court (Leeds City Centre)
- 10am – 12pm | FREE Pop up tennis activity with Rackets Cubed
Cookridge Street (Leeds City Centre)
- 10am – 4pm | Mobile climbing tower and free climbing activity with Just Climb during a summer of play!
Merrion Gardens (Leeds City Centre)
Free, fun play activity for families with Playful Anywhere
Sovereign Square (Leeds City Centre)
- 11am – 3pm | Pop Up and Play invite you to their summer session with games, arts and crafts and more! Why not download the Love Exploring app to complete the waterfront trail, which has a dinosaur located there!
Carriageworks Theatre (Leeds)
- 11am & 2pm | The adventures of Bo Peep
A perfect theatre introduction for your little ones with an interactive story and sensory learning. Look out for a flock of woollen puppets, original music and sheep themed silliness.
Leeds Parks & Trails
All day | Love Exploring is a NEW, FREE fun way for people of all ages to get active and explore their local area. This summer holiday, Love Exploring Dinosaur Safaris are available in parks across the city and along the Leeds waterfront. Download the Love Exploring app to your smartphone and join a Dinosaur Safari; an augmented reality (AR) game where you encounter life-like AR Dinosaurs that roar and swish their tails. You can take photos posing with them, as well as test your Jurassic knowledge with the built-in quiz.
Left Bank Leeds (Cardigan Road, Leeds)
- 1pm – 3pm | Family Friendly Workshop – Weaving with Beatrice
The sessions run over 5 weeks, you can attend them all or just one! Come and get creative and let’s start creating our big woven piece! Suitable for all ages and families. This packed-out programme of creative fun is funded by Healthy Holidays and our Local Ward Councillors (big thank you!). Each child will receive a FREE packed lunch at the session they attend.
There are fantastic prizes to be won for the best #GoOrange pictures so share them on social media using the hashtag #ChildFriendlyLeeds!
Here you will find a fun range of free activities, provided by some of our ambassadors and partners, to keep you entertained all day! Below, you will find our free online activity pack! It is full of fun activities for you to do at home; including ideas for you to decorate, create, bake, and make all things orange.
Many of the activities will help you with your #GoOrange celebrations, so look out for those!
THINGS TO DO ^
Click to access fun activities such as colour walks, treasure hunts and singalongs!
THINGS TO MAKE ^
Click for ideas on getting crafty – such as juggling balls and slime-making!
THINGS TO EAT ^
Click to find delicious orange-y recipes and ideas for an orange picnic!
We are encouraging everyone to join in by doing something fun and playful wearing orange, crafting orange, baking orange, decorating orange… or any other creative ways to #GoOrange! Join us in celebrating and championing the importance of play and having fun growing up. We will share LIVE clips from around the city, host competitions, share activities and resources across our social media.
Importance of Play
Whilst Playday is the national day for play in the UK, this year we are encouraging families, carers, and communities to help children enjoy a Summer of Play.
• Playing is essential for children’s mental health and wellbeing.
• Playing helps children cope with stress and anxiety and fosters resilience, enabling children to better deal with challenges.
• Playing gives children the opportunity to have fun, laugh, take time out, relax, and build friendships.
• Playing outside allows children to appreciate nature, the environment, and feel part of their community.
• Playing is fundamental to children’s happiness, and happy children lead to happier communities.
Hundreds of businesses, charities and councils from all over the UK have come together this summer to enable all children, in all our communities, to have space and time for play this summer. Find out more about the #SummerOfPlay.
How to watch the live stream from last year…
We have saved the highlights from our fantastic line-up including CBeebies’ own Alex Winters as well as Boomchikkaboom, Rainbow Factory and DAZL. The live stream was accessed through Facebook and YouTube and you can watch it below:
Play Enabling Grant & Play Streets
Child Friendly Leeds is proud to be supporting 11 voluntary and community sector organisations who are busy making plans to deliver fun and exciting play opportunities and experiences for children under 13 this summer and autumn. The team will update further over the summer on how this grant is helping to support children’s play opportunities in the city and share some highlights from last year’s grant.
More widely, through our Child Friendly Leeds partnership we continue to champion and promote the work of our fantastic play partners in the city who are striving to ensure children have the space, time and freedom to play and have fun this summer and beyond, and that families are aware of these opportunities through social media channels and local networks.
After a halt to play streets and many events across the globe during covid-19 restrictions, we’re pleased to re-open play streets. A Play Street allows children and young people to enjoy themselves outdoors even if they are unable to access a park or playground in their neighbourhood. It involves closing a road to traffic for a couple of hours, often once a month, so that neighbours can connect and children play together in a safe traffic-free space.