World Play Day

The Child’s Right to Play

world_play_day_28Play is so important to all of us, especially children. Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recognizes the right of the child to rest and leisure and to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child.

Despite this, play tends to be one of the most neglected of all rights of a child. Increasing urbanization and the commercialization of play influences the way children engage in play. For many children in both rich and poor countries, child labour, domestic work or increasing educational demands reduce time available for play

ITLA was proud to support the International Play Association in the development of General Comment 17 on the right of the child to play. ITLA’s goal is to have World Play Day recognized on the UN calendar in support of General Comment 17.

World Play Day events are held in over 40 countries around the world and is recognized on the UNICEF South Africa Calendar of events.



World Play Day is celebrated in over 40 countries

 World Play Day 2020

The theme for World Play Day 2020 is ‘Be Safe, Play At Home’. We look forward to seeing what great events you can hold on May 28 2020.

Share your event
As with last year, we’ll be discussing World Play Day on the ITLA Facebook discussion group  and sharing online with #WPD2020. Please send us your photos and reports.

Dr Freda Kim’s World Play Day messages.

World Play Day Resources

The World Play Day logo is available to download. asq2-12ume9ee0r81-4zsy6  Download logo

World Play Day 2020 Booklet:  asq2-12ume9ee0r81-4zsy6  Download English Version

                                                        asq2-12ume9ee0r81-4zsy6  Download Portuguese Version

France has designed a poster template to share with everyone. Please feel free to use them in your own environments with acknowledgements to ALF and the illustrator. asq2-12ume9ee0r81-4zsy6 Download poster

History of World Play Day

Freda_Kim_PhotoITLA formally agreed to celebrate World Play Day at the 8th ITLA conference in Tokyo in 1999. May 28th was chosen in recognition of the day the International Toy Library Association was formed in 1987.

The first World Play Day was celebrated in France and Korea in 2000. France already had a play festival but converted it to World Play Day. Korea held an event for children from an orphanage and other play groups and held a fund raising dinner for adults.

The World Play Day founder is Dr. Freda Kim.

World Play Day Themes

Each year World Play Day has a theme that captures the spirit of the day.

  • 2020: Be Safe, Play At Home
  • 2019: Play is a Right
  • 2018: Free Play
  • 2017Sustainable Play
  • 2016: Play for all ages
  • 2015: Play is fun