WORLD PLAY DAY
World Play Day celebrates children's right to play on May 28 every year.
The International Toy Library Association (ITLA) formally agreed to celebrate World Play Day at the 8th ITLA conference in Tokyo in 1999. May 28th was chosen in recognition of the day the International Toy Library Association was formed in 1987.
The first World Play Day was celebrated in France and Korea in 2000. France already had a play festival but converted it to World Play Day. Korea held an event for children from an orphanage and other play groups held a fund raising dinner for adults.
Each year World Play Day has a theme that captures the spirit of the day
2020 Be safe, play at home
2019 Child's Right to Play
2018 Free Play
2017 Sustainable Play
2016 Play for all ages
2015 Play for fun
As the Australian member of the International Toy Library Association, Toy Libraries Australia and its members organise events to celebrate World Play Day each year.
Playing is healthy
World Play Day 28 May 2021
How will you celebrate World Play Day?
You'll find lots of ideas here from the International Toy Library Association.