Harrison Library Play2Learn Soars for 2019

The Harrison Public Library presents over 1,900 programs annually, but none have an impact like the Play2Learn Festival, which drew over 3,000 kids and parents last year.

September 7 marks another encore for the Play2Learn Festival, the award-winning Harrison Public Library celebration of childhood learning through play that has wowed kids and parents for the past three years. This year’s edition promises to take the event to new heights—literally.

“Our new activities for 2019 will dazzle the kids,” according to Play2Learn chair Fran Brescia-Coniglio. “The not-so-young folks will have plenty of fun, too!”

The Play2Learn Festival will be held Saturday, September 7, 11 AM to 2 PM at Riis Park in front of the Halperin Memorial Library in downtown Harrison.

New activities will take kids from the sea to the sky this year. Drones operated by Aviated Precision will not only provide video of the event but enable kids to take "dronies" from the sky from their asteroid booth.

The Play2Learn Festival will also feature a slate of new activities from the Whaling Museum & Education Center. Thanks to a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, kids will learn how they can help restore and protect the health and living resources of Long Island Sound.

“These new activities exemplify what the Play2Learn Festival is all about,” says HPL Director Galina Chernykh. “Children learn by playing just like they do in classrooms. Our goal is to show them many ways to learn while they’re having fun.”

Other popular activities set to return this year include the Bubble Bus, the Cooking Crew, and Fenom Fitness. More than 40 activities will be offered in eight play zones themed for physical, music, creative, science, make believe, technology, construction, and sensory activities at the Festival. Kids who play in at least five of the eight zones will win a prize. The festival will also feature music, food, and a variety of entertainment.

To keep the Play2Learn Festival free to the public, it is entirely funded by the Harrison Public Library Foundation through sponsor donations, grants, and individual gifts. At press time, Fidelity Investments, Smile Starters Pediatric Dentistry, White Plains Hospital, and Moving Harrison Forward are lead sponsors.

In addition, ArtsWestchester awarded the Play2Learn Festival a 2019 Arts Alive Grant, an award made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.

“While we always can use financial support, we also need a host of volunteers,” says HPLF President Dave Donelson. “We need people to help at the activity zones, to pass out activity maps, to greet and direct the families, and to set up and tear down the facilities.” Volunteers can register via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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