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Children in Sussex enjoy National Play Day
4:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
Hundreds of children enjoyed the outdoors in celebration of National Play Day.
Individuals, families and whole communities held celebration events across Sussex as part of this year’s Playful Places campaign, which calls on everyone to help make sure that the places where children live and hang out are great places to play.
Several events were organised in Sussex last week, one of which was held in Hove Park.
Organised by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Play Service, the day included the Play Service’s Playbus, a climbing tower, a Park Rangers toy making workshop, the Children’s Library Service with Baby Boogie, Sport with Active for Life, a fire engine, the Kidsrome Mobile Farm and a theatre show from Mr Pineapplehead.
Sue Shanks, chairman of the council’s children and young people committee, said: “These play services are available to all children and we’re delighted to fund them.
“Play is such an important part of children’s overall development.
“These events offer children a safe environment to have fun and maybe try out some activities they wouldn’t normally do.”
There were other Play Days held across the county, including in Haywards Heath, Uckfield and Crawley. As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Play Day is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.
A council spokesperson said: “Childhood obesity is becoming such a problem these days we really want to encourage the kind of energetic sports and games you can only do outdoors.”
Cath Prisk, director of Play England, said: “It’s up to all of us to turn around the creeping disappearance of children from our streets, parks and communities.
“We all have a role – as families, neighbours and friends.
“We can all do something to say we love kids playing outdoors, that we want to live in communities that actively welcome kids playing out.
“There always were, and always will be, some people who want to squash kids’ fun – but there are far more that really want kids back outside playing, not stuck indoors, especially over the summer holidays.”
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