Stay and Play @ Your Playground

 The Healthy Kids Community Challenge and the City of Greater Sudbury want to help bring more active play to our neighbourhood playgrounds!  With Stay and Play, neighbourhood playgrounds will have a weekly time where the building is open, a friendly volunteer is on hand and there is fun equipment for your family to use. Meet your neighbours, have fun and play at your local playground with Stay and Play. 

What is Stay and Play?

"Stay and Play" is a weekly time at a neighbourhood playground when families will be encouraged to come and spend quality time together, with their neighbours, to enjoy all the fun the playground has to offer. 

Stay and Play is not a structured program. A host will be on site to keep the playground building open for washrooms and water, and will have equipment that families can use to start their own games and activities. Equipment like sports equipment, balls, skipping ropes, pylon, pinnies, hoops, chalk, even a portable music speaker will be on hand to borrow. 

Kids and families can get together to have a family soccer or basketball game, learn to skip double dutch, set up an obstacle course, or even have a dance party. Or kids can play together while parents socialize with their neighbours. 

The park is open and we hope your family will come to Stay and Play!

Schedule of Stay and Play sites

Park Name Park Address Dates Times Contact
Downe Playground 1311 Gemmel St, Sudbury Wednesdays:
July 4-Aug 29
5:30-7:30 pm 705-507-0097
Carol Richard Park 1707 George St, Val Therese Thursdays:
Aug 23-Oct 11
5:30-7:30 pm 705-665-6219
Twin Forks Playground 1475 Gary St, Sudbury  Wednesdays:
Sept 5-Oct 24
5:30-7:30 pm 705-919-9693
Algonquin Playground 2514 Algonquin Rd, Sudbury Tuesdays:
Oct 16- Dec 4
5:00-7:00 pm 705-523-0619
Elm West Playground 522 White Ave. Sudbury Tuesdays
Oct 9- Nov. 27
1:30- 4:00 pm 705-675-1198
Skead Community Center 3971 Skead Rd, Skead Mondays:              Oct 15- Oct 29 5:30- 7:30 pm 705-693-4425
Cote Park (Rayside Balfour Youth Centre) Cote Ave, Chelmsford Saturdays:             Oct 20- Dec 1 2:00- 4:00pm 705-677-5868






Be a Stay and Play Host

No Stay and Play session at your local playground? You can help! Give active play a kick-start in your neighbourhood by hosting a weekly Stay and Play time at your neighbourhood playground! 

Who can host a Stay and Play?

All Stay and Play sessions need to be sponsored by a participating Playground/Neighbourhood Associations.  Individuals, families or neighbourhood-based groups like CANs and volunteer groups can partner with their local Playground Association to host a Stay and Play. If you want to host a Stay and Play, we will connect you to a participating Playground Association and help you get started!  

How the Healthy Kids Community Challenge can help

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge will work with you to make Stay and Play successful at your playground through providing:

  • New sports equipment and games for your site (you will be able to select from a range of great equipment options like balls, raquets, skipping ropes, pinnies, outdoor speakers, bubble machines, or other equipment that your site would like to see)
  • Water coolers if needed to make water available to your site
  • Help with connecting new people in the community to playground associations
  • Help to promote the event in your neighborhood
  • Free training opportunities for volunteers (e.g. first aid and CPR, active play workshops, etc.)

Requirements for a Stay and Play Host Site

The following are an outline of some guidelines to make this program successful in your community

  • The Stay and Play host(s) must commit to hosting a regular time for at least 8 sessions (example every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 for two months, or every Tuesday and Thursday morning for one month)
  • Stay and Play must be free and open to all families in your community
  • All Stay and Play equipment must be secured on site when not being used and must be returned to Healthy Kids if the session does not complete 8 sessions. If the Stay and Play will continue past 8 sessions, the playground associations can keep the equipment
  • The host must be at least 18 years and must remain on site during the event
  • A simple report back form must be submitted by the organizer at least once a year
  • All participating children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult in order to borrow equipment.
  • If a canteen will be held during Stay and Play, options for healthy snacks must be provided and free drinking water must be available.

I'd like to apply to have Stay and Play at my playground and to be a Stay and Play Host

Fill out and submit our our online Stay and Play Host/Site Application Form, or call us if you don't have access to a computer. We will review your idea and help you make it happen at your playground..

More info?    

Contact us at 705-674-4455 ext 4313 or email


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