It's a messy business

By on 30/07/2009 in News

Birmingham City Centre is to become a giant playground on Wednesday 5th August as part of National Playday, a celebration of children's right to play.  

More than 2,000 children attended last year's highly successful event and once again Centenary Square will become the biggest playground in town for the day.   Low ropes, water slide, rain curtain and a crazy castle are just some of the highly entertaining activities for children - it can and will be a messy business, so a change of clothes is highly recommended for children taking part.

Other activities include games on the Monarch Beach in Chamberlain Square and building a giant clock in Victoria Square.  This will be accompanied by a play tent and play workers encouraging adults and children to play and share traditional games.

The theme for Playday 2009 is 'Make Time'.   It is about asking everyone to make time for play, from parents, carers and teachers to policy and decision makers.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said:
 “I am delighted that Birmingham is part of this national scheme to get children playing.  Our play services have developed this great event for local families to enjoy and be part of.  I really want parents and carers to take time out for some serious fun for one day on August 5th, at the biggest playground in the city.”

The annual Playday has been celebrated for 20 years.  It is co-ordinated by Play England, and supported by the Big Lottery and Play England Council, as well as DCFS and Department of Health.   The vital role of play is well documented helping children to learn, take risks and keeping them active and healthy.

Sharon Lea, Strategic Director of Environment and Culture (Acting), said: “Our services aim to improve the quality of lives for people who live and work in our city.   Playday is a great initiative that hopefully children and their parents and carers will enjoy and learn from but also keep children happy and active.”

The play strategy opens with the Playday which will take place on Wednesday 5th August from 10am until 4pm in Centenary Square for children between 5 and 13 years.


For more information on the national Playday visit

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