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Play Week returns in a virtual format online

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The annual family-friendly Play Week will be back again this year but in a different format due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Led by the team at Dudley Council’s Sycamore Adventure, there will be fun activities, demonstrations and competitions with prizes to win throughout the week.

A video gallery will be available for the duration of play week, so that families can pick the ones they want to take part in.

The week will include a Punch and Judy show, treasure hunt, bike maintenance workshop, craft and decoration workshops, design a Playweek logo competition, exercise workshop, campfire experience, go-kart tour of Sycamore Adventure, magic show, disco with DJ Lloyd, kite making workshops, green cross code sessions, exercise sessions and much more.

In addition to the activities, there will be a section hosting information about council services especially for families.
The outbreak of Covid-19 has meant that the usual set-up at a different park each day of play week is not possible.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member responsible for children and young people said:

This year’s Play Week is going to be a challenge but the team at Sycamore Adventure and partners have put together a fantastic programme of online activities for children of all ages and their families.
This year’s national Playday campaign has the theme ‘Everyday Freedoms Everyday Adventures’ which recognises the impact the current restrictions are having on children. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we, as parents and carers, encourage children to play every single day for the benefit of their physical and mental wellbeing.

To join in the fun visit the council’s facebook events sections @dudleyborough and @adventureplay

Editor's notes

This year’s national play week theme is “Everyday Freedoms Everyday Adventures”. The Playday 2020 theme aims to highlight the importance of giving children and teenagers the freedom to play and have everyday adventures. As well as celebrating children’s right to play, the Playday 2020 campaign recognises the impact of government restrictions and physical distancing on children’s mental health and opportunities to play freely with friends and in their community. This year, we want to focus on the unique characteristics of play that we know help children make sense of the world around them and can alleviate their stress and anxiety, particularly during challenging and uncertain times. (https://www.playday.org.uk/).

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