Practicing play helps adults make new and stronger connections between people, places, and ideas.
City of Play works with community organizations, work teams, public servants, human resources, educators, and others to integrate the benefits of play into everyday experience. All of our workshops are built on a fun-first model, using games and play to help participants get the most out of their experience and create a strong connection to workshop content. Bring our flagship workshop on building a playful mentality to your company or organization, choose one of our specialized workshops, or contact us to create a custom workshop specific to your needs.
Playful Mentality Workshop
Playing isn't an activity, it's a state of mind where players adapt to new situations, practice their imagination, and open themselves to new connections between people and ideas. Developing a playful mentality is essential for effective communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Our flagship workshop, Building a Playful Mentality introduces a variety of playful techniques, games, and theories that give players opportunities to expand their comfort zone and learn to play deeply with one another. Participants come away with an improved sense of connection with one another, and an understanding of how playful thinking can be applied to resolve conflicts, explore ideas, and work better together.
Storytelling and Communication
Clear communication is essential to trust and team work, but many important subjects can be difficult to talk about. City of Play's Storytelling and Communication workshop helps participants share their ideas, opinions, and feelings with others in a clear and safe way.
In this workshop, participants practice expressing themselves through their words, their bodies, their perspectives, and their relationships. Adapting techniques from leading performative communication experts, these storytelling games help participants play through difficult subjects and discussions, facilitating honest communication without fear of disrespect or being misunderstood.
Effective team work requires leading and following at the same time. Without deep listening, teams can lose sensitivity to one another and end up pulling in different directions.
Successful puppetry requires profound listening and teamwork, and participants will need to collaborate to make their puppet come alive. Using techniques originally developed by the Handspring Puppet Company, City of Play's team puppetry workshop teaches participants to attune to the impulses of their teammates, and predict ideas before they are expressed.
Creating Spectacle - Circle Rules Football
This fun and dynamic workshop brings teams together to learn, play, and produce a game of Circle Rules Football, one of the best new sports in the world and accessible to a varying level of physical abilities.
Players work together not only to learn and play the game, but to create a spectacular participatory experience including team names, jerseys & banners, play-by-play commentary, and a halftime show.
Game Invention workshops introduces participants to the skills needed to design new games, engaging a new understanding of rules that promotes responsibility and collaboration.
Building on the basis of fair play and healthy competition, participants think critically about existing games before experimenting, altering, and customizing them, applying a design process and approaching games like collaborative art projects.
How Adults play and Why it Matters
City of Play Program Manager Gregory Manley is a experimental theater and sport designer, community organizer, and artist. Greg speaks about the importance of play for communities and the intersection of art and sport. Greg's talk "The Adult Play Cycle: Sex, Drugs, Netflix and Chill" was the recipient of a 2017 Action Grant from the US Play Coalition.
Designing Games for Everyone
City of Play Founder Adam Nelson is a designer, systems thinker, and founder of Flywheel, a company that brings game-like thinking to organizational processes. Adam speaks about how games can be designed to accommodate a variety of player types and why we need to create more opportunities to play in everyday life.