Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative

The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative is a group of organizations dedicated to advancing the importance of play in the lives of children, families, and communities in the Pittsburgh region by:

  1. Raising awareness that play is a critical element in the lives of people of all ages
  2. Educating decision-makers (from parents to legislators) in our region so that their choices support access to play for people of all ages
  3. Modeling (and inspiring) through various activities the actions we hope our broader community will take in their daily lives

Visit the website and join the Collaborative!

Trying Together is a proud member and co-founder of the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative.

Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative Member Badge


Play Spaces in Pittsburgh

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers

Over the past year, the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative completed three Play Stop projects in Hazelwood with artist Dylan Rooke, including Stops at Dylamato’s Market, the Hazelwood Community Garden, and the Spartan Center. To learn more about the Play Stops, watch Laura McDermit’s interview with Dylan.

If Kids Built a City

Remake Learning and Root+All released a play booklet entitled, “If Kids Built a City” that details the importance of play being built into the city of Pittsburgh, from parks and museums to doctor’s offices. Download the full booklet.



Ultimate Play Day

Hosted by the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, Ultimate Play Day is an opportunity for people from throughout the region to play together and raise awareness of the benefits of play at any age.

Visit the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative’s website for more information on Ultimate Play Day!



Recess Advocacy Team

In partnership with the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, Trying Together created the Recess Advocacy Team to establish a group of organizations dedicated to health and wellness, education, and play with a focus on recess practices and policies in pre-k through sixth grade.

To learn more about the Recess Advocacy Team, visit the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative page.

See the Recess Advocacy Team flyer.




To receive the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative e-newsletter, visit our sign up page.

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