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November 20th is National Child Day!

National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year. It marks Canada’s adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This includes the opportunity for to have a voice, to be protected from harm and to have their basic needs met to give them every opportunity to reach their full potential.

Information and resources to help you celebrate can be found at the Canadian government site:

Additional information and resources can be found at the Unicef and the Canadian Children’s Rights Council site:

National Child Day – November 20, 2016

National Child Day

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Time Lapse Video Of Playground Installation At Thrilled School

Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School in Halifax, NS, recently opened their new inclusive playground. To thank everyone who helped make the playground a reality, teacher Erica Phillips posted a great time lapse video of the installation and the opening. Check out the video on YouTube.

Located in the south end of Halifax, this fully accessible playground is the result of school fund raising, generous donations from community members, a provincial grant and the partnership of HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality). Enjoy watching the results of all these efforts in the video, and seeing the children play!

For information on the equipment at Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School, contact your local PlayPower Representative.

Nova Scotia Playground



Fun family games for the playground

Biba! Enabled Playgrounds Presented At First WLU [GAMEtalk]

Wilfred Laurier University’s Game Design and Development degree program launched it’s first [GAMEtalk] Lecture Series with a presentation from the General Manager of PlayPower Canada, Brian Jenkins. The focus was on Biba! the series of free digital games that work in conjunction with playgrounds to get kids the active, physical and imaginative play they need.

Free games to encourage healthy outdoor play

The WLU website says “Gamification and gameful design techniques motivate people to get engaged with the real world by adding a game-based layer” and Biba!

The Biba Welcome Sign and Play Symbols are available for purchase through your local PlayPower Canada representative, and the games are available for FREE at the App Store or Google Play.

Download them today!

Gamify your playground!

Thanks to the WLU Brantford Game Design and Development program for hosting the lecture series.

Canadian Play List by ParticipACTION

ParticipACTION is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with a “150 Play List“. The list is meant to encourage Canadian’s to get active by doing all the great physical activities available in Canada.

Check out the list and join in the challenge at the ParticipACTION 150 Play List site. Be sure to help create the list vote for, or add, your favourite activity, like “Play on the playground,” “Exercise in the park,” or “Play Biba!”.

Best Canadian Playground Equipment

Nature's Choice

Best Inclusive product, Best Accessible Play, Canada's Best playgrounds

Rock’N Ship from PlayPower Canada



Gravity Rail from Miracle Recreation. Zipline fun for the playground!

Thrilling Products and Announcements at the NRPA Show in St. Louis

If you are headed to the NRPA show in St. Louis, be sure to stop by booth 2210 to learn about the latest developments from PlayPower. The Little Tikes Commercial booth has exciting information about the latest development in inclusive play, while the Miracle Recreation booth has information about thrilling products such as the Gravity Rail.

This video gives you a taste of what you can experience at the show:

gravity-rail-from-miracle-recreation-the-ultimate-in-zipline-playground-funGravity Rail from Miracle Recreation. Zipline fun for the playground!

Enjoy the show!

New barrier-free playground at Westboro Elementary School in Sherwood Park, Alberta

CBC News just broadcast a feature on the opening of the new barrier-free playground at Westboro Elementary School in Sherwood Park, Alberta. The article on the CBC website has video of the playground in use and interviews with happy residents and teachers at the grand opening. (

The playground features many of the amazing inclusive Little Tikes Commercial products available from PlayPower Canada. These include the Rock ‘n Ship, Revolution Inclusive Spinner, Generation Swing, Inclusive Swing Seats, Infinity Web, and so much more.

Check out our August 15, 2016 post that includes a link to the Parents Group blog detailing the process and finished playground. The blog also celebrates “all those people, businesses and groups who help us achieve our dream as they are true HEROES and deserve to be celebrated” and is “actively looking for HEROES to help build playgrounds designed with all children in mind; playgrounds with the right equipment & surfacing solutions to accommodate everyone’s needs.”

A few interesting quotes from the blog are:

“It appears that the Revolution Spinner is the biggest hit; there are always tons of kids crowded on it spinning around and around. I’ve heard that at recess time, there is always a line up. I’ve noticed adults swinging in the special needs swings since they are large enough to hold an adult which is cool; they have a good vantage point towards the one half of the playground. I’ve seen kids in them too; with the full back, it’s a different swinging sensation than a regular swing. I’ve noticed kids climbing around and through the Infinity Web, and digging in the sand below it. Other kids rocking in the ship that really rocks, or running through it and climbing through the port holes on their way somewhere else. They are climbing, and sliding like crazy too.”

“I also really enjoyed watching the Generation Swing in use. I have never seen one of these and I saw a dad swinging with his toddler and they both looked like they were having a blast. I wish these existed when my kids were little.”


For more information contact your local PlayPower Canada representative.


play equipment in Canada

Videos Of Favourite Play Events

PlayPower Canada just posted videos of some of the world’s favourite play events online. Now you can see children interact, build skills, learn, and have fun when you are planning what events you want in your local playground or park.

See Little Tikes Commercial videos at and Miracle Recreation videos at

For reference material on all your favourite play equipment, go to

Ziplines, Inclusive Spinner, Best Play Equipment, Fantastic Park In Acton, Playground, Canada


Free games to encourage healthy outdoor play

Vancouver Sun Article On Playgrounds That Get Kids Off The Couch!

The Vancouver Sun article Biba: An app that creates treasure maps and obstacle courses within playgrounds”  tells the story of the exciting new app that is helping to get children off the couch, and municipalities to get data on their park usage.  Reporter Jenny Lee interviewed creator Matt Toner, PlayPower’s chief marketing officer Lynne Vandeveer, and City of Sudbury (Ontario) recreation coordinator Anne Gervais to capture all the details.

For additional articles and information on Biba! see:

Two Northern Ontario Communities Unveil Biba! Enabled Playgrounds

Bienvenue au terrain de jeu Biba!

Atlantic Recreation & Facilities Conference in Truro April 6-8th

Make the Most of the 48th OALA Conference!

Free Games To Encourage Outdoor Play!

Free games to encourage healthy outdoor play