What is PlayDaze?

North Carolina’s PlayDaze celebrates the value of play and is designed to provide diverse play activities for toddlers to grandparents!  Schools, child care centers, organizations, churches, families, and communities are urged to create an event and/or participate in PlayDaze lasting one hour up to an entire weekend, the choice is yours.  An organized event can be as small as an intimate neighborhood gathering or as large as a massive park event.  The point is to play for the sake of playing, to be physically active, to challenge each individual to be creative in mind and body, to take risks, to make individual choices, to connect with their family, friends, neighbors and community, and share in the joy of discovery and interaction without the need for competition.  Children of all ages need opportunities for play!


When is PlayDaze?

The official, coordinated push for play through PlayDaze activities is the THIRD WEEKEND in SEPTEMBER of every year (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

     2019 - September 20th, 21st, and 22nd


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2024 Scheduled PlayDaze

  • Hillside, NJ

  • Keeley, McLeansville, NC


  • Anson County Parks and Rec


  • 2836 Orchard Trace Way


  • Playground

  • Childcare


  • ZOOM

  • Community School for People under 6


  • Earthshine Learning Center

  • Center


  • Venters Park

  • Richard Ray Park


  • Richard Ray Park


  • Child Care Network #79B


  • Northwoods Elementary LEAD program


  • Cedar Point Salty Air Market


  • Northwoods Elementary LEAD program


  • Baptist Educational Center


  • Onslow Pines Park


  • Norwood Park Garden Party



  • Preservice Teachers Learn to Use Be Active Kids in Limited Spaces

    I really enjoyed our class meeting. It was interesting to discover that you can do just about anything with children in the classroom where there may not be much space to encourage them to be active.  A change that I will make in my own life is to be more active, as well as my daughter. I will share this information with my friends that have children such as yoga animals, or Simon Says.

    Cathy Sesta, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute

    Thank you for inviting me to be part of this year’s Institute. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the experience. You’re doing amazing work and I hope I’ll be able to continue contributing to it a bunch in the future.

    Rae Pica,
  • Plenty of Resources That I Can Use and Share

    This class was informative, and I look forward to being physically active with young children. On Friday, I volunteered at a Parents Night Out through my daughter's school. When I got there the kids were watching a movie. I got them up to play Simon Says and Red Light Green Light, however, after that I was stuck on what to do. I wish I had the knowledge I gained from this class, to have made it more exciting.

    I enjoyed your Land and Lake Activity.

    Venessa Wright, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Be Active Kids Trainers Rock!

    I loved the training.  I would have loved it more if I had the other teachers from my center there also.  I am really looking forward to taking my kit to work and sharing it with my staff.  I liked Brittney, she reminded me of myself as far as being very active and motivated.  When I am at work with my little ones we stay busy all day.  I feel like singing my instructions and dancing my actions helps them to focus better on what I need for them to do.  Britney was great and I learned a lot from her. I am always trying to find new little ways to get the kids moving.

    Tiffany Daniel, Sandhill Community College

    The Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute was just wonderful!  Thank you again for including me in such an important effort to create and sustain leaders in EC physical activity. I would love to return to NC anytime that you think I can help. I enjoyed meeting the folks who work with you and hearing about all of the great things that are planned. 

    Linda Carson, Choosy Kids
  • Be Active Kids has Much to Offer

    Congratulations to you and everyone who has been promoting PA for young
    children in NC. You have much to be proud of here. Be Active Kids is an excellent source of ideas for promoting active play in unstructured settings. The Be Active Kids website also has resources on promoting unstructured active play. I encourage folks to review these resources. 

    Diane Craft, SUNY Cortland & Active Play Books