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Play and play development

Play is an important part of childhood. Helping children to grow and develop is a key part of a playworker’s job. As a team, we provide an extending play opportunities for children, in a space in which they can explore, understand and learn how to cope with their environment and the world. The Play Service is underlined by Playwork Principles, which describe what is unique about play and playwork, and provide the playwork perspective for working with children and young people. 

Play Service aims and objectives
  • To improve children’s lives by providing and supporting quality play opportunities across Belfast
  • To provide play opportunities in a range of environments
  • To provide play services in areas with limited play opportunities
  • To support and enable child-led play opportunities
  • To promote inclusion through provision of play types 
  • To support play projects in local communities through training, resources and practical support
  • To raise awareness of the value of play
  • To develop ways to measure quality of the service.

For more information contact Aideen McLaughlin, Play Development Officer on 028 9027 0470 / 07876477373 or email

Our six play centres are managed by qualified and experienced play staff. Activities include after-schools clubs, Saturday clubs and seasonal schemes.

NameAddressTelephoneEmail address
Avoniel Play CentreAvoniel Leisure Centre, Avoniel Road, Belfast, BT5 4SE028 9045
Ballysillan Play Centre80 Ballysillan Park Belfast, BT14 8HD028 9072
Loop River Play CentreCourtney Hall, 76A Cregagh Road, Belfast, BT6 9EQ028 9045
North Queen StreetHenry Street, Belfast, BT15 1DJ028 9075
OlympiaBoucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6HR028 9027
WhiterockWhiterock Close, Whiterock Road, Belfast, BT12 5HQ079 7996

Holiday arrangements

Play centre opening hours may vary during public holidays.

View our holiday arrangements

Contact us
City & Neighbourhood Services
028 9027 0470
Children & Young People Unit
City & Neighbourhood Services Department
Cecil Ward Building
8-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BP