Celebrate inclusive play and recreation at the Inclusive Fun Fair

The Inclusive Play Project’s Inclusive Fun Fair promises all sorts of fun for those of all ages, backgrounds, interests, and abilities. Graphic by Kingstonist, photos via Inclusive Play Project on Facebook and Kingstonist file photos.

An Inclusive Fun Fair is coming to the Rideau Heights neighbourhood, and aims to celebrate inclusivity and promote awareness of the importance of inclusive play and recreation within the Kingston community.

The Inclusive Play Project (IPP) announced this community fundraising event in a media release, dated Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2024. The Inclusive Fun Fair will take place on Saturday, Jun. 8, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shannon Park, directly across from the Rideau Heights Community Centre.

According to the release, the event will feature 40 agencies dedicated to serving the special needs community, each hosting a fun fair game for families and children to enjoy. Additionally, the event will include a Kids Zone offering free activities such as giant inflatables, trolley rides, construction and fire trucks, fun fair games, and a magic show.

Organizers shared that everyone’s favourite ice princess and her friends will be at the fair, as well as some other surprise characters. This fun fair will provide entertainment for the whole family!

One of the highlights of the IPP Inclusive Fun Fair will be a cash barbecue, generously sponsored by Loblaws, with all proceeds supporting the IPP’s mission of creating inclusive playgrounds and community spaces, according to the release. Furthermore, attendees can explore a fabulous vendor market showcasing products from local artisans, offering a chance for some enjoyable shopping while supporting the IPP’s initiatives.

“We are thrilled to invite the community to join us for a day of fun, learning, and inclusivity at the IPP Inclusive Fun Fair,” said Rachel Doornekamp IPP Director of
Operations at the Inclusive Play Project.

“This event not only provides an opportunity for families to enjoy themselves but also serves as a platform to raise awareness about the importance of inclusive play and the need for more inclusive, accessible community spaces in Kingston.”

Organizers noted that the IPP Inclusive Fun Fair promises to be an event for everyone to enjoy while also serving as an educational opportunity to learn about the IPP’s efforts in creating inclusive playgrounds. Attendees are “encouraged to mark their calendars for June 8th and invite their friends and family to join in the celebration of inclusivity.”

In support of the event and accessibility week, both local Loblaws stores — 1100 Princess Street and 1048 Midland Avenue — are “proud to announce their collaboration with the Inclusive Play Project (IPP) to foster community engagement and support for inclusive play initiatives,” according to the release. From May 2 to 20, 2024, customers will have the opportunity to contribute to the IPP Fund Drive directly while shopping for groceries at these locations.

Submitted image.

According to the release, donations made during the Inclusive Play Project Fund Drive will directly contribute to the inclusive playground, equipment, and programming, enriching the lives of children of all abilities. Kingstonist readers may recall that the Inclusive Play Project, launched in the summer of 2023, aims to create entirely accessible and inclusive playgrounds in Kingston, beginning with one in Shannon Park in the Rideau Heights neighbourhood. In September 2023, Kingston City Council voted to support the Shannon Park project.

For more information and updates, visit www.inclusiveplayproject.com or follow IPP on Facebook at @InclusivePlayProject.

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