All about Play ambassadors


The Vivo Play Ambassadors seek to increase knowledge, understanding, participation, and value for play by offering free facilitated play opportunities for families in Vivo’s free open spaces, gymnasiums, and in the community. With their extra-ordinary equipment, loose parts, and captivating energy they create an enriching environment for play. Check our schedule for location information, you don't want to miss out!

During the summer of 2016, Vivo piloted the Play Ambassador program in North-central Calgary communities. With the great success of this initiative and the generous support from the Lawson Foundation's Outdoor Play Strategy, we are excited to be returning and expanding this summer!

FAQ’s

where can i find the play ambassadors?

Thanks to the continued support of the Lawson Foundation, the Play Ambassadors have been able to expand to serve communities all over Calgary. Currently you can find us in Panorama, Coventry, Sandstone, Hidden Valley, Haysboro, and Cranston. More detailed information about where and when to find us can be found on our shedule page.

Do I need to stay with my child during a Play Ambassador session?

The Play Ambassadors are not a child care service, meaning they are not held responsible or liable for their participants. The same level of comfort is needed to send your child into the community without parental supervision, so if you wouldn't be comfortable sending your child to the park alone they should be accompanied by an adult.

Do I register or pay to visit a Play Ambassador session?

In an effort to increase accessibility to all families, no registration or payment is required to attend a Play Ambassador session. All Play Ambassador programs are free and available throughout Calgary thanks to the generous support of the Lawson Foundation

Will events be cancelled due to inclement weather?

Updates indicating any changes or cancellations due to weather will be posted via the Vivo Facebook and Twitter. If the weather matches any of the following criteria, you can expect the Play Ambassadors not to be out. 

  • Extreme Heat: 34° Celsius
  • Extreme Cold: -20° Celsius (including windchill)
  • Extreme Wind
  • Lightning

 
Are there washrooms or water stations at each location?

No, washrooms and running water are not available at all locations. Please refer to the following list when planning a visit:

  • Panorama: No washroom or water station – close drive to Vivo!
  • Coventry: No washroom or water station – close drive to Vivo! 
  • Sandstone: Washroom, no water station  
  • Hidden Valley: No washroom or water station
  • Haysboro: Washroom and water station
  • Cranston: Washroom and water station

 
How can the play ambassadors be recognized/identified? 

The Play Ambassadors will all be outfitted in green branded t-shirts and rain jackets. Large feather banners (that you cannot miss!) will also be set up on site.

What is play?

Play is what children and youth do when they follow their own instincts, ideas, and interests. It's all about children finding their own way, and making their own decisions. Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed, and intrinsically motivated.

What is Risky play?

Risky Play is thrilling and exciting forms of play that involve a possibility of physical injury. Risky play provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about managing injury risk.

More information about risky play can be found here!

What are loose parts?

Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can used alone or combined with other materials. The purpose of loose parts is to allow children to direct their own play experiences, the ultimate goal of the Play Ambassadors! 

Have any more questions? Check our schedule here or contact us at 403-532-1014 or through email at playambassadors@vivo.ca              


All Play Ambassador programs are made possible by the generous support of the Lawson Foundation.

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