Discover Milton Keynes Play Association.

Everything we do is focused on the wellbeing, development and enjoyment of all children through play.

Play improves health, sense of well-being and development.
That’s why we work to make Play happen.

We provide professional play services across Milton Keynes. Sharing our skills, and knowledge, and providing low-cost resources, equipment and training. With nearly 50 years’ experience, we champion play on behalf of children, young adults, their families & carers, and the wider community.

Help us to SAVE MKPA

At MKPA, everything we do is focused on the wellbeing, development and enjoyment of all children through play. We provide a unique blend of resources and services to individuals, families, child carers, the education sector, other local charities and community groups in MK and the surrounding area.

 

Due to COVID-19, we have not been able to deliver wonderful play sessions, training courses and lots more! Without funding this long-standing Milton Keynes children’s charity may close. Wendy Usher, our former Volunteer Acting Chief Executive said, “I have been involved with MKPA for over 30 years and have seen the difference it has made to the lives of children.

Our aim is to raise £50,000 to help us survive for the next 6 months, and ensure we make it to our 50th birthday. Please continue to support us in these difficult times and in return we will continue to support the families of MK helping to grow the future generation of adults for the next 50 years!”

💜🧡MKPA OCTOBER PLAY SESSIONS 🧡💜

We are delighted to announce we are providing FREE October Play Sessions 😊😊

💜🧡MUST BOOK TO ATTEND🧡💜

Thank you for your ongoing support to the charity 😁🎉🤸‍♂️🎨

Locations, Dates, Activities

TUESDAY 27th | 10:30am to 1pm | North Crawley

Fire Pits*, Baking Bread Twists, Marshmallows, Risky Play Van*

Mosaic Tile Smashing, Halloween & Autumnal Crafts, Lots More

WEDNESDAY 28th | 10:30am to 1pm | Milton Keynes Village

Fire Pits*, Baking Bread Twists, Marshmallows, Risky Play Van*

Mosaic Tile Smashing, Halloween & Autumnal Crafts, Lots More

THURSDAY 29TH | 10:30am to 1pm | Frank Moran

Pumpkin Carving, Halloween & Autumnal Crafts

FRIDAY 30TH | 9am to 1pm | Stony Stratford Market Square

Takeaway Halloween & Autumnal Crafts (no need to book)

SCRAPSTORE

🧡💜We are delighted to REOPEN our MKPA Scrapstore Tuesday to Fridays (appointment link below). 

Appointment Information

🗓 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

🕰 30 minutes visiting slots (between 10am – 4pm)

😀 One person per appointment (only exception – small child or carer)

Non-members are welcome to buy from our MKPA Shop and browse the Scrapstore.

You can become a member on your next visit. 😀 4 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, MK11 3HB

See Become-a-member for more details on what other benefits you receive as a member. 

News 

🧡💜We are delighted to REOPEN our MKPA Scrapstore Tuesday to Fridays (appointment link below). 

Appointment Information

🗓 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

🕰 30 minutes visiting slots (between 10am – 4pm)

😀 One person per appointment (only exception – small child or carer)

👉 Visit our scheduling site to book your appointment https://mkpascrapstoreappointment.as.me/

Non-members are welcome to buy from our MKPA Shop and browse the Scrapstore.

You can become a member on your next visit. 😀 4 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, MK11 3HB

See Become-a-member for more details on what other benefits you receive as a member. 

💜🧡MKPA FREE OCTOBER PLAY SESSIONS🧡💜 We are delighted to provide you with socially-distanced outdoor play sessions this October Half-term. *COVID compliant*
⭐️These are Booking Only for ALL children and families⭐️
To Book Visit MKPASummerPlaySessionBooking.as.me/OctoberPlaySessions
or visit www.mkpa.co.uk for more information

See Poster For Details on Activities, Locations and Dates ☺️

❗️🔥Important Fire Pit Information🔥 | There is a lot to learn from using a fire to keep warm or to cook food and it can be a very exciting and fascinating experience. We encourage the children to treat the fire with respect, to learn about the safety aspects of using a fire and this workshop has even helped children to overcome their fears. We understand that fire can be very dangerous and that parents can be fearful of the prospect of their children using fire, however we can assure you that all staff are trained, the activity has been risk assessed and we have a safety fire plan in place for every time we deliver.

If there are no available time slots left due to us being fully booked, we will have 'takeaway' Halloween and Autumnal Crafts available. There may also be space available due to 'no-shows' but we cannot guarantee this. 💜🧡

#MKPA | #MakingPlayHappen | #MakingPlayMatter
#halloween #octoberhalfterm #childrensactivities #freeactivities
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💜🧡MKPA is bringing FREE October Half Term Play activities to children and families🍁🕸🧙‍♂️🎃👻
👀Keep an eye out on our page next week for more details👀

#MKPA | #MakingPlayHappen | #MakingPlayMatter
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Thank you Julie Keveren for suggesting MKPA. 😊 We were so grateful to be able to provide much need play opportunities to children in MK over the summer. Please show your support by clicking the post we've shared and commenting below 💜🧡💙 Shout about Charity in MK 💙

We want to offer some support to charities in Milton Keynes, so, please tag charities below who you feel deserve some special recognition!

We already know lots of charities here in MK but we are sure there are more doing absolutely fantastic work who we can help promote 🙏🏻

(Registered charities only)
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**New On-Line Training**
BSL Signing Taster
Have you ever wanted to learn British Sign Language? Join me in this 1 hour sign language taster session to learn some basic signs and gain an understanding of the language. Come along to this short, quick and fun session that will whet your appetite to learn more. This will be accessed by Zoom.

Weds 4th November 11am-12pm £15 members / £20 non

ADHD Awareness
A workshop offering a range of ideas and suggestions to help you move forward supporting those with ADD and ADHD in addition to learning more about the condition itself. This will be accessed by Skype.

Tuesday 17th November 9.30am-12.30pm - £35 members / £37 non members

To book please call 01908-263033 or email training@mkpa.co.uk
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**Upcoming Course **
L1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health - This 4 hour qualification provides learners with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost to seek appropriate professional help, how to recognise and manage stress. Accredited by FAA.- 2nd October - 930am-130pm - £80/£90
To book please call 01908-263033 or email training@mkpa.co.uk
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If you are interested in our Scrap and Craft Boxes and would like to know more about them, please click here

If you would like to purchase our Scrap and Craft Boxes, please click here

Lead times for orders is up to 5 working days (this may be subject to change due to demand).

We are processing orders as quickly as possible, thank you.

Please note, we are working 3 days a week with minimal staff available to make boxes.

Thank you for your continued patience.  

There are three core services that we offer: Play, Training and the Provision of Resources.

These three together allow MKPA to encourage the development of individuals and organisations through play in the local community.

We also offer a wide range of activities and courses and stage fun and exciting events.

PLAY

As our name would suggest, play is a fundamental part of what we do. We are always striving to find new and fun ways for children to play in safe and friendly environments and part of what we do involves.

TRAINING

MKPA deliver a wide variety of training and development opportunities which are open to all people especially those working with children and young people.

Our members receive a 10% discount off training courses. 

 

 

RESOURCES

MKPA Scrapstore and Resource Unit is available to our members. They have access to a range of scrap materials and supplies, perfect for arts, crafts and creative play. Our members receive a 10% discount off shop items. 

OTHER SERVICES

Our members have access to our wide range of hire equipment for play and learning.

MKPA are an umbrella body for the Disclosure and Barring Service. We offer Standard and Enhanced DBS checks for volunteers and paid employees.

MKPA Updates

Help Us Save Our Scrap Store

Milton Keynes Play Association (MKPA) has been working with the community for over 49 years – since the early days of Milton Keynes – providing support for the members of staff and volunteers that work with children and young people in Milton Keynes and the...

GET INVOLVED

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in getting involved in our work. It may be that you are working with children and would like to find out more about training. Or you may be a local business that is able to donate clean recyclable waste material that can be used for creative play. Please call us for a chat or email us at admin@mkpa.co.uk


VOLUNTEERING

We depend on the help of volunteers. There are many opportunities – from supporting our clean waste collection, to working in the office and shop/scrapstore. It all counts towards helping enrich the lives of local children and young adults – and can be fun and rewarding for you.

MEMBERSHIP

As a member of MKPA you’re entitled to free or specially priced services, training and guidance. You also become part of the MKPA network. Membership is open to individuals, child-minders, clubs, schools, nurseries, local businesses and all community groups. Joining fees start at just £10.


WORK FOR US

By working for MKPA you can use your skills and experience for a good cause, making a difference for children and young adults. Find out more here about the roles that are currently available at MKPA as well as the benefits of working for us. We would also love to talk to you if you are interested in becoming a trustee.

Find MKPA

Milton Keynes Play Association

2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, MK11 3HB or phone us on 01908 263033

COVID-19 Limited Operating Times

Tuesday – Thursday
9:30am – 4.30pm
Onsite Number: 07951 746 970

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💜🧡There's just 24 hours left to vote for Milton Keynes Play Association to win the @PersimmonHomes Building Futures funding!🧡💜
This funding would help the charity out so much!! Please help us to make it to our 50th anniversary next year 😊🎊
Cast your vote today: https://t.co/dr5nRcuT5a

#MKCharities #LoveMK #MiltonKeynes #MK #IndependentMK #MKCommunity #RestartMK
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💜🧡MKPA are Persimmon Home Finalists and if we win we are in with a chance of securing £100,000!! If you have a moment could we ask you to click the link, scroll and vote. You can vote once a day every day but anything you can manage could be the difference between a cash prize or not. 🤞 thanks everyone. 🙏We want to make it to our 50th anniversary next year, please help us to do that! 💜🧡 https://www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/finalists

#MKPA #MAKINGPLAYHAPPEN #MAKINGPLAYMATTER
#MKPA50 #miltonkeynesplayassociation #miltonkeynes #miltonkeynesactivities #supportinglocalcharities
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Tonight’s Mindfulness Session - We visited the seafront, went onto the beach & focused on letting go ... Confronting our worries head on, writing them on our stones then releasing into the ocean 🌊💜✨ ...

Brunch Break in the sun 🍇 🍈 🍍 🍊
Getting that Vitamin C & D ☀️
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Is there anything better than a classic Christmas song and a good old step-click? 🙌🏻🙌🏻 We snuck in to the Performing Arts rehearsals, check out their version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? 🎄🎄🎄 #mkcollege #mkcollegelife #mkc #mk #miltonkeynes #christmas #christmassongs #performingarts #mkpa ...

Boys dance too! 💪🏼🧡✨

#mkpa #dancer #leghold #balance #beach #uk #edendancewear #pose #skysthelimit #boysdancetoo #strength #talent #practice
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Lava Lamps and science experiments at MKPA Messy Play Sessions!🤯👩‍🔬👨‍🔬🌋🔬 #reuse #recycle #reuseforreplay #mkpa #miltonkeynes #miltonkeynesactivities #childrenssctivities #summerholidays #crafts #childrenscrafts #outdoorplay #play #mkplay#makingplayhappen #miltonkeynesplayassociation #mkpascrapstore ...

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