Neighbours’ Street Play
Our free residents’ Street Play Guide
offers practical ideas for your street party, as well as other street meet events, for adults and children to get to know each other and to enjoy playing in their street. Once trust is built adults can also organise things like Play Circles, Toy Swaps and trips to play facilities.
Children are often kept from playing outdoors due to traffic dangers, amongst other things. As a result, parents limit them from playing freely and meeting other children and adults. At the same time children are often the oil that loosens up the community, helping to build community spirit. Our Guide aims to help residents to build on the goodwill that is released at a street party.
See this good article about informal street play.
Children playing in the street can be a reality today, not just a thing of the past if residents use their good mood created by their street party to get organised.
It is social and physical for them and is an excuse for adults to socialise more too.
Bristol is the UK’s street party capital and the City Council developed Temporary Play Street Orders for residents to regularly close streets for short times during the week. This has been developed by Playing Out who is spreading it across the country.
See also London Play’s 3 year Street Play Project.