Inspiration and Ideas


This page has links to organisations, projects, campaigns, blogs and articles about childhood, play, cities, streets, shared public space and other topics related to street play. 



Play England Projects and campaigns around street play and play more broadly.

Play Wales and street play Encouragement for street play in Wales

London Play and street play Developing Play Streets in the capital

Hackney Play Association Supporting street play across the borough through the Hackney Play Streets project

Sustrans DIY Streets and Free Range Kids campaign National sustainable transport charity and projects related to streets and play

Streets Alive  National group promoting street parties and building neighbourliness and community spirit

Living Streets National charity working to make the streets where we live and work safe, attractive, enjoyable spaces


Victoria Walks Walking, neighbourhoods and street reclaiming in Australia.  Some good short films to watch in their resources section.

Open Streets Cape Town Campaigns, temporary interventions, dialogue and actions that spark debate and awareness about the role of streets in the life of Cape Town, South Africa.

Projects, Campaigns and Movements:


Playday (UK) National day for play across the UK every August: campaigns, projects, media

Save Childhood Movement (UK) Collaborative network bringing together individuals and organisations concerned about the erosion of childhood and the pressures on children.

20’s Plenty for Us (UK) Grassroots campaign for slower speeds in residential streets

Project Wild Thing (UK) TV and cinema film and related campaign and network that aim to reconnect children with nature

Outdoor People (UK) London based social enterprise helping children and families to get outdoors more

Love Outdoor Play Campaign (UK) Website for UK campaign to help children play outside more


New York Play Streets Project (USA)

Playborhood (USA) Mike Lanza’s one-man campaign to bring back neighbourhood play

Playing Out Around the World

78th Play Street (USA) The Story of Jackson Heights and a permanent play street

Play Streets in Seattle Seattle Department of Transport supports people to close their streets for play.

Play Streets Australia Reclaiming streets for play and communities in Victoria

Rae Street Play Street Facebook page for a street pioneering street play in Vincent, Western Australia

Spielen auf der Gudvanger Strase Facebook page for a street playing out in Berlin

Rue de L’avenir ‘Streets for children, streets for all’ (France)

Ghent (Belgium) research shows the increase in children’s activity levels when streets are closed. Ghent’s Living Streets experiment gives residents the opportunity to create the street of their dreams.

Tokyo Play neighbourhood play place project

Earth Day Canada Encouraging street play in communities across Canada. You can read about the pilot in Toronto here.

Blogs and Articles:


Rethinking Childhood Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood (and one of our expert friends)

Roadwitch Creative street reclamation and re-purposing in the UK


Free Range Kids Blog (USA) Lenore Skenazy’s great and sometimes polemic blog about the fear-culture impacting children’s lives.

Streetsblog (USA) On-line community and blog for people wanting to make streets safer and more sustainable in various US cities.

You can find links to academic and other research papers and publications on our research and articles page. Please do let us know if you know about other useful and inspiring organisations, projects and blogs for us to link to.