Play Africa is the first interactive children's museum in Southern Africa. We bring 21st century learning to children through our programmes, parent support and educator training. We get children excited about science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM), the arts and building our nation. Through playful learning, we equip children with the skills they need to succeed in the future. We are based at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2021, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Play Africa has pivoted to expand our reach and provide new free online resources to children around the world.

Play Africa is a children’s museum leveraging public space to catalyze innovations in creative learning, children’s rights, parent engagement and social cohesion.

Play Africa developed a flexible, city-wide museum model to bring transformative learning experiences promoting creativity, innovation and connection to a divided society. Through replicable programmes and exhibits, Play Africa empowers children, parents and teachers with learning approaches that bring global thinking back to homes, classrooms and communities.

Everyone deserves access to safe environments where they can play, create, discover and connect with one another. Our decentralised model uses existing public spaces in Johannesburg to offer 21st-century, high-quality playful learning to everyone – from all walks of life and abilities. Annually, 92% of our audience are defined as Black under B-BBEE codes, and 8% of our audience are children with disabilities.
Our work is rooted in our image of the child. We see every child as complete, curious, capable and resilient.
We use data and evidence to measure our impact with our learning framework and our theory of change.

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Gretchen Wilson-Prangley

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