Kids encouraged to enjoy, explore during 2nd annual ‘Play Daze’

 

 

Hundreds of local children will soon gather on the grounds of North Asheboro Park for the 2nd annual Play Daze event, sponsored by the Randolph County Partnership for Children. With dozens of unique activity stations tailored toward them, children will use their imaginations, and a variety of simple materials, to play for the sake of playing.

Play Daze is set for Wednesday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The goal is for the children to be physically active, use their imaginations, and share in the joy of discovery.

“Play Daze is an opportunity to bring the community together to support children’s play, and most of all to have fun in the process,” says Pauline McKee, executive director of the Partnership.

The 1st annual Play Daze event, held last April, was a huge success. The event impacted 475,

4-year-old children from 25 child care programs across Randolph County. More than 110 volunteers participated and 400 parents attended.

The event also drew attention from early childhood educators across the state. This year, several early childhood representatives will visit Randolph’s Play Daze to draw inspiration and begin planning for events in their counties.

The event also impacted local preschool programs, including First United Methodist Preschool in Asheboro.

“Our program has been looking into natural play activities and outdoor learning environments for a couple of years, but it wasn’t until after last year’s Play Daze event that teachers really got on board with the idea of taking our classrooms outdoors,” said Sarah Beth Campbell, director at First United Methodist Preschool. “Now our teachers are excited about giving children as many opportunities as possible to play and learn through nature,” she said.

This year’s Play Daze will host more than 600 children from 25 programs located across Randolph County, including four-year olds in child care centers and preschool programs as well as children ages 5–12 years old attending afterschool programs.

Partnering with the NC Zoo kidZone, Be Active Kids, Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Services, the Asheboro Public Library, Asheboro High School Key Club, Early Childhood classes from Randleman and Asheboro High Schools, Asheboro Junior Women’s Club, and Kiwanis Club of Asheboro, this year has expanded to include 19 unique play areas for children to explore.

An exciting new play feature will be the cardboard challenge.  Some of the other activities planned are fort-building, rope climbing, clay and mud play, sand play, dirt and water play, nature art, building fairy gardens, dramatic play, and an outdoor reading nook from the Asheboro Public Library. More than 100 community volunteers will help supervise the play areas throughout the day.

Parents are invited to join their children as play partners and learn how free, creative physical play is an educational opportunity that enhances their child’s development. Please contact Andee Edelson at 336-629-2128 ext. 30 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register for the event or learn more.

The Partnership is grateful for community support for Play Daze. Thank you to Roll-A-Bout Skating Center; United Wood Products, Inc.; Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Marriott, and the Hampton Inn for donating materials. 

The Randolph County Partnership for Children, a nonprofit organization, is the community’s lead organization for young children and their families. The Partnership for Children is a United Way agency. For more information, visit: www.randolphkids.org

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