Scrapstore and Shop opening hours

The Scrapstore and Shop will be:
Open late until 8pm on Thursday 19th July
Closing early at 12:30 on Friday 20th July
Open on Saturday 21st July from 10am to 2pm.
Please check here and on Facebook for details of any changes to our opening hours.

Our guide to FREE Open Access Summer 2018 Play Sessions gives details of the sessions being held across Milton Keynes between 23rd July and 4th September. The massive MK Festival of Play is on Tuesday 31st July.

We’ve been running open access play sessions for many years across the city and have some brand new sites for summer 2018. Thanks to the Community, Parish and Town councils in each of the areas that fund these open access sessions.

We’ve sessions in Bletchley, Bradville, Bradwell Common, Bradwell Village, Brooklands, Broughton, Crownhill, Emerson Valley, Fairfields, Fullers Slade, Furzton, Great Holm, Great Linford, Hanslope, Heelands, Kents Hill, Kingsmead, Lakes Estate, Loughton, Medbourne, MK Village, Monkston, Monkston Park, Neath Hill, New Bradwell, Newton Leys, Oakgrove, Oakridge Park, Shenley Brook End, Shenley Church End, Stantonbury, Stony Stratford, Two Mile Ash, Walnut Tree, Westcroft, West Bletchley, Whitehouse.

If there is no session in your area then feel free to visit one elsewhere this summer. Unfortunately we cannot fit in any more sessions this summer but please do make contact with your local parish/town council and ask them to consider funding sessions later this year or in Easter or Summer 2019. We will happily visit any parish/town council in or near MK that wants to discuss organising sessions. To find out which parish/town council covers your area see

The MK Festival of Play is on Tuesday 31st July from 10am to 4pm at Marsh Drive Sports Ground, Great Linford MK14 5HH. This massive open access play event includes: Inflatables, circus workshop, arts and crafts, face painting, MK Dons, under 5s area, story telling, drama workshop. FREE ENTRY and all the activities are free! Food and refreshments will be available to purchase. Book it in your diary now and join us for a great day of play! This work has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation.


We are currently recruiting a Play Services Co-ordinator. See our Jobs page more more detais.

Milton Keynes Play Association is one of the longest running charitable organisations in Milton Keynes, with over 40 years’ experience of supporting child-centred play.

We have two core aims:

Making Play Happen – we want all children in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area to have the opportunity to direct their own play in an open and accessible environment.

Making Play Matter – we want to ensure that the statutory, private, voluntary and community sector understand the value of child-centred, free-play, and that organisations that work with children are trained and resourced to provide high quality play opportunities.

As a social enterprise we sell goods and services that deliver social impact. We are entrepreneurial and business focussed in order to achieve our core values.

Our values – Everything that Milton Keynes Play Association does is underpinned by four core values:

  • Being child-centred – valuing the quality of life that children can create for themselves.
  • Providing advocacy – advocating for self-directed play and learning.
  • Innovative – being prepared to embrace new play practice and promote leading edge ideas.
  • Enabling change – effecting change to other people’s practice through our own.

We work with partners who share our value system and are committed to providing high quality play opportunities to children and families across Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

Membership – Membership of the MK Play Association is available to all individuals and organisations such as schools & groups. Pop in to the ScrapStore to join or call 01908 263033 to become a MKPA member and we will send you our membership pack. Or complete our Membership Form and post or email it to us.


Our Jobs page carries details about vacancies for summer holiday and term time Relief Play Workers. We are also looking for volunteers to help in the office, shop and scrapstore and people who are interested in becoming Trustees.

MKPA 2018-19 Training & Development Programme - download bookletOur Training & Development Programme lists the various training courses that we provide. Courses can be booked using the associated Booking Form. You can e-mail or call us on 01908 263033 to book your place.
Courses include:
Paediatric First Aid for Childcarers
Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
Safeguarding Children – A Basic Awareness of Child Protection
Supporting and Including Children
Creative Play Workshops

MKPA Open Access Play Opportunities - download bookletOur Guide to Open Access Play Opportunities gives details of the play services we provide for parish councils and others.