In response to kids' playtime crisis, Easterseals Northeast Central Florida and the Early Learning Coalition are teaming up this summer to remind adults why children need to "play on purpose" by offering unique educational and interactive events offered in Daytona Beach.
The Play on Purpose (POP) events will be held at Dave & Buster's, 1507 Cornerstone Blvd., at the following times and days: 5 -7 p.m. Thursday, June 27; 12 - 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9; 5 -7 p.m. Thursday, July 11; 12-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23; and 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25. The cost is $35 per person. Business casual/casual attire is recommended.
Why is playing on purpose an important issue to address in our community? In short, being a kid today isn't what it was 50 years ago. Children don't play as much as they once did – structured after-school activities have replaced spontaneous get-togethers, and free time has been replaced with scheduled activities. This reduced playtime has contributed to increased mental disorders in children, higher instances of childhood anxiety and depression and increased suicide rates among older children and young adults.
The "play deficit" children face today is real, consequential and unhealthy, but thankfully, it's also reversible.
Easterseals' POP events are formatted to educate adults as to why kids need more playtime and allow adults to engage in their own purposeful play in the process. At every event, participants will experience an interactive presentation about the value of playtime for children, engage in play challenges with other group members, enjoy tasty hors d'euvres and refreshments and then will be set free in Dave & Busters with a $10 play card to get more playtime in and to use their newfound knowledge.
RSVP for an upcoming event below, or contact Susan Moor at 386-944-7820 at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule at POP event for your organization.
Register on your preferred date below:
June 27, 5 - 7 pm
July 9, 12 - 2 pm
July 11, 5 - 7 pm
July 23, 12 - 2 pm
July 25, 5 - 7 pm
Together, we'll erase the "play deficit" for the children of our community and launch the #MovementToMove!