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Sacramento Play Summit

Saturday, September 15th @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 United States
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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 6th annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town and 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.

Register Today

Registration Opens May 15. Registration closes September 10, 2018.

Early Bird Registration: May 15 – August 31, 2018
$50 per person
$40 per person for students, seniors (65+), members of Fairytale Town or Friends of the Sacramento Library.

General Registration: September 1 – 10, 2018
$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
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.

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Keynote Speakers

Lisa Murphy

What if Today was their Only Day?

Founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.

Mike Lanza

Neighborhood Play, Every Day

Author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood into a Place for Play

Breakout Sessions

  • Many Kinds of Smart! Understanding the Theory of Multiple Intelligences with Lisa Murphy
  • Caine’s Arcade – Fun with Cardboard with Brenda Walker
  • Play Patterns Ensure Maximum Development with Jay Beckwith
  • Playing Better: Using Puppets to Teach Social and Emotional Skills with Julia Luckenbill
  • Teaching Social Skills through Play with Cheryl Moore and Janet Anderson
  • From Garden to Compost to Recycling: Three-Year Old Scientists Soar with curiosity and Activism with Can Foster and Lorie Hammond
  • Play SONG GAME: Authentic, Developmentally Rich, Intergenerational Music-making Fun With Paul Morehouse
  • Play with Books! with Donna Zick, Justin Azevedo, 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.

Hotel Information  

Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown – Arena
Four blocks from conference location; 11-minute walk
Conference Special: $134 per night
To receive discounted rate, mention group code: UFT
Discount expires August 15, 2018.

Reservations can be made by calling (916) 446-0100 or online at the following link: Sac Play Summit

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