March2Work is a March4Play

In a matter of just a few hours, Chris Gregory will be readying himself to get out the door to work at the Children’s Centre in Douglas, Isle of Man. He’s been preparing for this day since April 1, 2012. No, it’s not just any Friday. This Friday marks the beginning of an epic journey. For the entire month of March, Chris will be making his way to work by a different means of transportation to raise awareness for outdoor play and safe routes for children.

I spoke with Chris earlier in the week to get the skinny on March2Work – listen to the interview here.

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If you really want something to stand out in peoples’ imaginations it has to be a little bit silly and the fact that you’re promoting children’s play it has to be something quite playful — Chris Gregory

Chris laments the changes that have come about in kids’ lives over the last two or three decades. The days when kids were out playing more, walked to school as a matter of course and generally had more independence and freedom are not that far behind us but sometimes they do feel like a distant memory.

In my case they are back in the old days a bit. It was the mid-1960s when I started walking to school on my own and getting out and about unsupervised in the world. In many respects, the lives of current day grade school kids bear little resemblance to how we played and to how independently mobile we were when I was growing up. I really think today’s kids are missing out.

Good on Chris Gregory for creating this fun and imaginative March2Work campaign. I hope it will help to broaden the conversation around children’s play and independence. PlayGroundology will be dropping in on Chris a couple of times during the month to see how he’s holding out. It can be a grueling three kilometers before he arrives at his office door.

Let’s all wish Chris well as he heads out on his maiden voyage to mark the 2nd annual March2Work.

11 responses to “March2Work is a March4Play

  1. I watched his videos last year. They were so much fun!! Can’t wait to watch again!

  2. janeplayengland

    Go Chris … I think we should all follow suit and March2play … and send Chris our viedo’s etc … Keep on the good work!

    • I’m about a 40 minute bus and ferry commute to work so I’d have to get up mighty early, well in advance of the crack of dawn, to support Chris’ excellent campaign. But I have been thinking of doing it for part of the trip. Funnily enough my transport of choice, if I get it together, will be a scooter which Chris rolled on for his inaugural day this year. Bravo Chris – great campaign!

  3. Pingback: How could you March2Work? | Love Outdoor Play

  4. Lovely blog, we love what Chris is doing! Great interview too. We’ve just posted at our Love Outdoor Play blog over at http://loveoutdoorplay.net/2013/03/04/how-could-you-march2work/.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks Cathy, always love to hear from you lot over at Play England. Even though there is that pond separating us, I feel like we are kindred spirits. The work that you’re doing through your organization and in partnership with others is really inspirational. Chris’ campaign is the best!!! Cheers, Alex

  5. Even though I am blogging as a class project, I have found an interest in promoting healthy play for children. This campaign is great! Not only does it help children, but also adults! I truly believe we’ve all lost touch with play and having fun without gadgets and intricate toys is seemingly impossible. Even though this is in Europe, I feel like it relates to life here in the U.S. Hopefully one day children will learn and be re-introduced to the importance of play!

    http://helpkidsplay.wordpress.com/

    Amy

    • Amy, thanks for your comment and for reading PlayGroundology. I hope the class project blog is a success. I’ll be dropping in to see what you’re writing about. March2Work is a great campaign that Chris has started on the Isle of Man. It’s imaginative, fun and has great objectives re raising awareness of the value of outdoor play and safe routes to playspaces and schools. Tell more people about March2Work and I hope you’ll be back to check more stories on the PlayGroundology blog. Check the Facebook Page by the same name too. Cheers, Alex

  6. So excited to discover your website this morning! We are about to build our playground in the Project Somos Children’s Village here in Guatemala. We value play for the well-being and healing of kids and are thoughtfully thinking about all facets and details of the playground.

    • Hi and thanks for your kind words. I just started looking through your site and this truly looks like an adventure with a cause. Wish you all well and will be following your progress. Nearly 40 years ago, I was part of a Canada World Youth exchange to Sénégal. It was the experience of a lifetime. In a couple of weeks I’m heading to Montreal and I’ll get to hang with one of my good buddies from that time, Moussa. He moved to Canada nearly 30 years ago and we were partnered during the exchange – friends for life. All the best to you.

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