October 6 – 9, 2022

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars, and join us in San Antonio, TX, October 6-9 as the American Association for Promoting the Child’s Right to Play-IPAUSA comes together for the “Right to Play…RIGHT NOW!”

The USA continues to be the last nation to not ratify Article 31. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, share, connect, and continue to advocate for the Child’s Right to Play.

Call for Presentations and Call for Sponsors are now open

As plans come together for October, we are seeking presenters and sponsors to help us deliver high-quality content and an unforgettable experience. Those interested in presenting a session we invite the complete the Call For Presentations form by clicking below. Feel free to submit multiple presentations! For those who would like to provide financial or in-kind support, please follow the link below on the right, or contact Amanda McMickle.

All Call for Presentation submissions are due no later than May 31, 2022. Presenters will be notified of their selection by June 15, 2022.

Questions? Please contact us here.

About International Play Association And IPA USA

With members in nearly 50 countries, the International Play Association (IPA) has been working for more than 50 years to secure every child’s right to play and to promote healthy, high-quality play opportunities and environments.

IPA/USA members are early childhood specialists, researchers, playground designers and manufacturers, landscape architects, playworkers, child care workers, elementary school administrators, classroom teachers and parents, leisure and recreation professionals, movement specialists, physical educators, and more. Join us!

About the Right to Play, RIGHT NOW! In-Person Conference


Let’s get together face to face! This four-day conference will focus on advocating for the need to play, play equity, nature play, and the importance of play as a restorative practice following traumatic events. We all need that! Together we will work to all leave with action steps to advocate for play, address play equity, design remarkable outdoor play environments, and revive our inner child through restorative and playful field trips. Let’s reclaim our JOY!

This conference is going to be held in San Antonio, Texas on October 6-9, 2022, and will be a space for unity and inspiration that reflects the audience it serves and the restorative environment needed to ignite play advocacy and action. Yes! This means there will be a rhythm of speakers, presenters, and intentional activities to restore the inner child in all of us as we lean into the ebb and flow of exuberant learning and joyful relaxation. Ahhhhh!

Over these four days, you can look forward to: 

  1. Welcome and Classic Conference Day 1 at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) and Evening Party at The DoSeum
  2. Classic Conference Day 2 at UIW
  3. San Antonio Tour Talks at various sites and schools
  4. Unconference and Play Day at UIW. 

The theme of the conference is Right to Play, RIGHT NOW! Children need the social, physical, mental, and emotional benefits of play now more than ever. So what is happening RIGHT NOW? What are the challenges to play right now? What are the success stories? What is research telling us right now? What can we do together RIGHT NOW to take play to the next level?? Speakers and sessions at this conference will be invited to present on the following themes in an engaging and interactive manner:

  • Play + Advocacy/ Tools for Change
  • Nature Play
  • Research
  • Playwork
  • Social Justice / Play Equity- UNCRC
  • Child-friendly Cities
  • Play Provision/COVID Play
  • Play Design
  • Action Steps for implementation
  • Improvisation – creative and innovative presentations

Possible Online Options
Given the tumultuous period of unprecedented events we are enduring during this global pandemic, we are giving constant consideration to having online or on-demand options should conditions concerning travel and fellowship not be conducive to in-person events during the time of this conference. Should these options come to light, we will notify presenters and attendees.  


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