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


  • 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.


World Play Day 28 May 2019

Toy Libraries Australia is celebrating World Play Day, which this year focuses
on the child's right to play.

Play is so important to all of us, especially children. Article 31 of the
United National Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recognises
the right of the child to rest and leisure and to engage in play and recreational
activities appropriate to the age of the child.

Despite this, play tends to be one of the most neglected of all rights of a child. Increased urbanisation and the commercialisation of play influences the way children engage in play. For many children in both rich and poor countries, child labour, domestic work or increasing educational demands reduce time available for play.

Families have a myriad of choices and often feel overwhelmed with toy clutter at home. By choosing toy libraries to source children's toys, families can provide a wide variety of toys to assist their child’s development, giving back to their children the right to play.


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