SLOW-BICYCLE RACES to making perfume, our Irish childhood games ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Tomorrow, we’re going back in time with the government encouraging us to get out and have some fun.
National Play Day, a Department of Children initiative, will see many local authorities arrange sports days and other fun activities in local parks.
As well as a BMX and skateboarding exhibitions in Galway and FAI football skills training in Kildare, there will be Teddy Bears Picnic and Scavenger Hunts taking place across the country.
“The aim of National Play Day is to help increase public awareness of the importance of play in supporting children’s physical and social development,” said Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan.
The focus of tomorrow is on “going out to play” instead of indoor activities.
Thirty-one local authorities have been given funding to run events tomorrow and more details can be found on their websites.
The authorities were asked to create opportunities for outdoor play at street, neighbourhood and community level.
Other organised activities include skipping, marbles, penalty shoot-outs, relays and obstacle courses, sport, music, storytelling, bouncy castles, egg and spoon races, nature walks, family cycles, forest school activities, Scavenger Hunts, wildlife detective games and mini-beast hunts.