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Philly Play is a summer program that promotes play as a preventative health measure to Philadelphia youth. Started by Councilman Bobby Henon (6th District) in 2013, Philly Play aims to get kids and their families engaged in active play through play-themed events and education.

Through free play programming at recreation centers across Philadelphia, pop-up play events, and skill competitions, Philly Play gives kids safe, accessible ways to play and get on the path to a healthy adulthood.

Philadelphia is full of avenues for every family to make healthy choices for their kids when it comes to active play. Philly Play connects families to those choices through summer camps and pop-up play events.

Summer Camps: Philly Play offers children structured opportunities to learn about and engage in active play and nutrition at 29 recreation cetners across Philadelphia. At each of the Philly Play sites, children participate in special Philly Play programming that includes structured play time, skill building activities and interactive nutritional education. Programming varies based on each center's specific needs, available space, resources and demand. Camps run from mid-May through August.

Pop-Up play events: Philly Play hosts many Pop Up Play events throughout the summer, with activities such as biking and swimming, organized through individual Council offices. These events were aimed at enrolling children in Philly Play programming while connecting kids and parents with their local recreation centers.

By providing more kids with access to Philadelphia’s wealth of parks and recreation facilities, and their parents with information on how to stay active and healthy, Philly Play seeks to combat child obesity and set the stage for healthy development.

To make a gift in support of Philly Play via credit card, select the “Support this Project” button on the top right of this page.

To make a gift in support of Philly Play via check, please mail it to:

Philly Play

c/o Aubrey Montgomery

30 South 15th Street

15th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102