Category Archives: March2Work

Playful Play Advocacy from Isle of Man

Enjoy this highlights reel from the Isle of Man’s Prince of Play and March2Work mastermind, Chris Gregory.

PlayGroundology has been cheering on Chris’ March2Work campaign for the last two years. He’s a young looking fellow and speaks with a lot of vitality so I’m hoping that he and the campaign will be back for many years to come.

The concept, objectives and merriment are all highly exportable. The fun-fueled campaign certainly has all the right ingredients to catch on in other jurisdictions and draw some much needed focus to the value of outdoor play and safe routes to schools and playspaces.

Hear Chris right here from an interview recorded just prior to this year’s campaign kick off.

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.

Introducing PlayGroundology TV

Here we go introducing PlayGroundology TV. Yes I know ‘play’ and ‘TV’ are somewhat oxymoronic, perhaps even antithetical on the active – passive continuum. PlayGroundology TV will feature fine video footage, either directly about play, or playish by nature, on an occasional basis without much in the way of words as a preamble. Most of the work will come from YouTube and Vimeo. If you see something that catches your fancy, drop a line and a link to PlayGroundology.

Without further ado, here are the first two episodes.

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Many thanks to Chris not only for the video but for the entire March2Work campaign, a fun-drenched shot in the arm for play on the Isle of Man.

Chris played on his way to work for a whole month while in New Jersey they’re playing to promo a play, well a musical. Thanks to my friend Sheila who posted this on her NJ Playgrounds blog as the video features Grove Park Playground in South Orange.

Rated P for Parenthood

Rated P for Parenthood is playing Off Broadway until April 8.

Most episodes of PlayGroundology TV can be seen chez PlayGroundology on YouTube.

This is PlayGroundology TV signing off until our next episode.

I’ve Got A Brand New Pair of Rollerskates

Bravo to Chris Gregory who completed his March2Work campaign earlier today. As we don’t have a satellite feed, we can’t share this morning’s last hurrah with you but we can look back on Thursday and it’s well worth a peek.

Chris’ funful campaign sustained throughout March was all about bringing focus to outdoor play and safe routes for kids. Check his Play Isle of Man blog and treat yourself to a few smiles through this creative public awareness performance that practices what it preaches – play, play and more play.

Chris, I’m going to miss your daily adventures.

And Now For Something Completely Different

To counterbalance yesterday’s sad news about Toronto’s Jamie Bell Playground torching, here’s a snippet of fun. From Chris Gregoy’s jet fuel imagination direct to YouTube here’s Day 13 of the March2Work campaign. Yes, Chris is the mastermind pilot behind the day of the plane – see for yourself.

Chris is at it all month, taking different modes of transportation to get to work all in the name of promoting outdoor play and safe routes for children.

Only 11 days left until he finishes his epic journey. Send him a tweet to help him on his way @chrisplayiom or leave a comment on his blog – Play Isle of Man

I have to fly back to Halifax later today. I’m hoping my pilot is more experienced.

A Journey of Epic Proportions

How do you spice up your morning commute to work and at the same time make it more meaningful? Look no further than my friend Chris Gregory for an answer. Chris is a champion for play at the Isle of Man’s leading children’s charity The Children’s Centre. To raise awareness for outdoor play and safe and playful routes for children, he is taking a different means of self propelled transport every workday for the month of March. His epic journey started out with a 3 kilometer spacehopper commute. Do I hear sore thighs?

Isle of Man News covered the action too. Click through for their video segment – Hopping to work.

It seems like March came in like a lion for Chris. After regaining his lucidity, he penned a few humourous words about the inaugural March2Work jaunt in his Play – Isle of Man blog.

The spacehopper and scooter have now bit the dust as means of transport in this commuter odyssey. Tomorrow morning, Chris will be in a canter on his hobby horse as he makes his way along the home stretch of Douglas’ Woodbourne Road. He’ll stable the horse at his office digs and get on with his day’s work in support of play.

We’ll be dropping in periodically throughout March to see how Chris is making out. Personally, I can’t wait for the hula hoop next Friday and the grand finale piggy back – Chris please try and get video of these!

Show your support for Chris, outdoor play and safe routes for kids by sending him a tweet or two to @chrisplayiom.