Sacramento Play Summit


Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

9 AM – 4 PM

Play is the most important work of childhood, setting the foundation for a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive well-being. Yet there are growing threats and limitations placed on the time, resources and spaces devoted to play.

The 3rd annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks, aims to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more.

This conference is ideal for adults who work with children: preschool and elementary educators, early childhood education specialists, childcare providers, after-school program administrators and practitioners, parks and recreation professionals, physical education professionals, parents and grandparents.

Contact us at (916) 808-7462 to be added to the waiting list. Join the Play Summit email list (at the bottom of this page) to receive advance notification for next year’s Play Summit.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 31, 2015
$40 per person
$30 per person for students, seniors (65+), members of Fairytale Town, Friends of the Sacramento Library or ScholarShare account holders.

General Registration: Beginning September 1, 2015
$50 per person
$40 per person for students, seniors (65+), members of Fairytale Town, Friends of the Sacramento Library or ScholarShare account holders.

Morning coffee service, lunch & afternoon snacks included

Download the Conference Schedule

Keynote Speakers

Peter-Gray Tom-Chapin Louise-Glaser
Dr. Peter Gray     

What Exactly is Play, and Why Is It Such a Powerful Vehicle for Learning?

Research professor of psychology at Boston College and author of Free to Learn

Tom Chapin

My Working is Playing

Acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist and three-time Grammy winner

Louise Glaser, MD

Play – The Best Kept Secret!

Pediatrician for more than 25 years, specializing in communication between patients, families and each other

Breakout Sessions

  • Musical Play with Dr. Paul Morehouse
  • Loose Parts Play with Miriam Beloglovsky
  • Creativity & Play with Dr. Helen Hadani & Garrett Jaeger
  • Men and Childcare panel moderated by Gregory Uba
  • Outdoor Play with Kanat Tibet
  • Play and Literacy with Renee Tobin, Angelica Trummell & Lisa Eck
  • Preschool Play with Barb O’Neill


A $7 flat rate for parking is available at the Park Tower Garage, located at 8th and J Streets (entrance in Library Alley off J Street). Parking fees are collected upon exit from the lot. Download a map with driving directions and parking information.

Professional Growth Credit

Conference may qualify for professional growth credit (7 hours). Certificates of completion will be distributed after the conference ends at 4 PM.

Evening Presentation (Optional)

An Evening with Dr. Peter Gray
Saturday, September 12
6:30 – 8 PM / Doors open at 6 PM

After the Sacramento Play Summit, continue the conversation at Fairytale Town! Dr. Peter Gray will give a second presentation on the importance of childhood play and the effects of its dramatic decline. Learn more about this presentation. This talk is also open to the public. Admission is free for Play Summit attendees upon presentation of conference badge. Evening presentation may qualify for professional growth credit (1 hour).

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