KidsSpace at Writer's Square on Culture Night Belfast
Friday 20th September 2013
The annual KidsSpace event, where a city centre location is turned into an outdoor children’s playground is now a fixed date in the Belfast calendar. This year KidsSpace will again coincide with Culture Night on Friday 20th of September, with Writers Square the area given over to structured and supervised space, between 4-9pm.
KidsSpace is hosted by Belfast Healthy Cities (BHC), the World Health Organization body in Belfastin partnership with Active Belfast. Last year KidsSpace attracted more than 1000 children and their families and the team at Belfast Healthy Cities is hoping that this year a similar number will join the fun.
Chief Executive of Belfast Healthy Cities Joan Devlin explains the rationale for the event.
“It is very common in many European cities for child friendly spaces to be integrated into the city landscape. It is an approach which helps promote a sense of belonging to the whole population, and the numbers taking part in our past Kidscape events shows that there is also a demand for such space locally. City centres need to be about more than commerce and offices and integrating space for children also boosts the economy as families can spend more time in the city centre. KidsSpace helps illustrate how our city could, and should look.”
The event is open to families and children of all ages and abilities, although a key requirement is that children must be accompanied by an adult.
KidsSpace is organised by Belfast Healthy Cities in partnership with the Department for Social Development, Active Belfast, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, PlayBoard, Public Health Agency, Belfast City Centre Management, Play Resource and Ashton Community Trust.