International Play Association

The International Play Association (IPA) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961.

It provides a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors.

IPA’s purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right.

Our Structure

IPA has a small administrative Board of Directors and a Council of national representatives. All of whom work as volunteers.


Member Groups

IPA has members in close to 50 countries, and active groups in:

Argentina Australia Brazil
Canada Denmark England/Wales/Northern Ireland
Germany Hong Kong Japan
Malaysia Nepal Netherlands
New Zealand Russia Scotland
Spain Sweden Turkey

IPA member groups initiate a wide variety of projects that promote a child’s right to play. These include seminars, conferences, study tours, research, publications, playground design, playwork training and the organization of play programs and Play Days.

National groups often collaborate with other organizations which promote the well-being of children and children’s rights.