Sacramento Play Summit

Group of children running through the ribbon to finish the race

Saturday, September 10, 2016 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 4th annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Public Library, 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.

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The Sacramento Play Summit is Sold Out. Please call (916) 808-8886 or email to be added to the waiting list. 

Early Bird Registration: May 15 – August 31, 2016
$40 per person
$30 per person for students, seniors (65+), members of Fairytale Town or Friends of the Sacramento Library.

General Registration: Beginning September 1, 2016
$50 per person
$40 per person for students, seniors (65+), members of Fairytale Town or Friends of the Sacramento Library.

Morning coffee service, lunch & afternoon snacks included

Keynote Speakers

Lenore Skenazy

Free-Range Kids: Why Does an Old-Fashioned Childhood Sound So Radical?

Author, blogger and founder of Free Range Kids

Jim Valley

Music + Play = Understanding the World

Award-winning musician

Dr. Olivia Kasirye

Let the Children Play! The Case for Child-Driven Play in Fostering Health Development

Public Health Officer for Sacramento County

Breakout Session Speakers

  • Play Spaces with Jay Beckwith
  • Preschool Play with Karen Benson Neil, Erin Hinton and Mehan Hoppes
  • Technology-Free Play with Alan Candee
  • Adventure Play Panel moderated by Kathy Fleming
  • Loose Parts Play with Katherine Gaffey Lehman
  • Play and Behavior with Barb O’Neill, Ed.D.
  • Outdoor Play with Julia Luckenbill, M.A.
  • Creative Play with Molly Mix, Sherry Anne Rubiano and Jenny Yerxa Oliver
  • Literacy and Play with Donna Zick and Nate Halsan


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.

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