Sacramento Play Summit

Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

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 5th annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town, Sacramento Public Library, and California State 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.

Registration has ended. Please sign up for the Sacramento Play Summit email list for advance notification about next year’s conference. 


Early Bird Registration: May 15 – August 14, 2017
$50 per person
$40 per person for students, seniors (65+), members of Fairytale Town or Friends of the Sacramento Library.

General Registration: August 15 – September 5, 2017
$60 per person
$50 per person for students, seniors (65+), members of Fairytale Town or Friends of the Sacramento Library.

Morning coffee service, lunch & afternoon snacks included
New this year: Select your lunch option at time of registration! Please notify us of any dietary restrictions for lunch at time of registration.
The Play Summit is a daylong conference designed for adult learning. Children are not permitted to attend.

Download the Conference Schedule

Keynote Speakers

Cathy Salit

Playing and Performing Your Way to Growth

CEO of Performance of a Lifetime and author of Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work

Jim Gill

A Joyous Way to Learn: Music Play to Promote Readiness, Literacy, and Inclusion

Award-winning children’s musician and author

Helen Hadani, Ph.D.

Reimagining School Readiness: Early Learning in the 21st Century

Head of Research for the Center for Childhood Creativity

Breakout Sessions

  • Genuine Play with Children and Toddlers with Gail Nadal and Simone Demarzi
  • Process over Product: An Equation for Creative Growth in Early Learners with Melissa Etcheverry
  • Smart Play Promotes Potential Play Quotient with Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D.
  • Musical Play with Purpose with Jim Gill
  • The Child is the Curriculum with Michael Leeman and Dina Miller
  • Engaging with Refugee and Immigrant Children with Molly Milazzo and Vanessa Centeno
  • Play: It is Not All Fun and Games with Lisa Easterla, Ph.D.
  • The Dark Side of Play with Suzanne Flint
  • “I’m So Bored!” Helping Children Rediscover the Joy of Play with Tammy Tanner


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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