100 Hours of PLAY!


You track their reading, eating, sleeping and screen time...but when was the last time you tracked your family’s PLAY? 

We’re challenging Mansfield families to log 100 hours playing outside this summer between June 1 and July 25. 

We’ve made it easy and FUN, sharing activity ideas and special events designed to help you log the hours and spend screen-free time together. Submit hours as they’re earned to enter weekly drawings, and keep working towards our big grand prizes at the end of the summer. 

Start counting the things that really count, and everyone wins a summer full of amazing memories spent together!



  • WHAT: Log 100 hours playing outside and win big prizes!
  • WHO: Open to all families in the area
  • HOW: Log ANY time you spend outside, whether swimming, going for a walk, playing catch or catching bugs! Download a list of ideas below, watch our social media for more suggestions and attend our weekly PLAYdates for even more opportunities for outdoor fun!
  • WHEN: Track hours between June 1 and July 25
  • TRACKING: Use the online form to submit your hours and we'll keep count for you!
  • PRIZES: Submit hours online to be eligible for weekly drawings; grand prizes will be announced at the end-of-summer party for our top earners! Everyone who signs up gets a PLAY PRO badge and can earn exclusive pins and stickers for logging hours, attending events and other activities so you can collect great goodies all summer long!



  • No need to sign up if you haven't yet, just start logging!
  • CLICK HERE to log your hours online & enter the weekly drawing STARTING JUNE 1!
  • CLICK HERE to download ideas for different ways you can spend more time outside together



Need more ways to get outside? Join us for weekly PLAYdates every Thursday morning this summer, and watch our Facebook and Instagram for announcements about other surprise pop-up events and activities! All PLAYdates are free and open to all; parents must stay onsite with kids for the duration of the activity (because it's more fun when you play together!) See each calendar listing for more details.

June 1: 100 Hours of PLAY Kickoff Party
10am at Katherine Rose Memorial Park
Kickoff the challenge with lawn games, popsicles and more

June 8: Pickleball Pop Up 
10am at Mansfield Activities Center
Paddle up to the fastest growing sport in the country, a cross between tennis and ping pong, for a wild & crazy morning of fun with MAC!

June 15  : Truckapalooza
10am at McKnight Park East
Get up close & personal look at some of the wheeled wonders that make our city work! See vehicles from police, fire, water & parks depts. 

June 22: Outdoor Adventures 
10am at Lanners Admin S
Have an adventure close to home! Try archery and fishing with ONP naturalists, or learn about wildflowers with Environmental Services. *Due to space constraints, preregistration is required for this event. Please click here to choose a time slot.*

10am at Katherine Rose Memorial Park
Checkmate! Mansfield Public Library's chess experts will be ready for a match, or play any one of the other board games we'll bring out!

July 6: Back to the Future
10am at  Man House Museum 
Experience PLAY just like early Mansfield kids at Man House Museum with vintage games like sack races or hoop and stick. 

July 13: Shark Week Story Time
10am at McClendon Park West
Calling all baby, mama, daddy and even grandma sharks! Chill out with a Shark Week- Themed story and craft time at the new splash pad.

July 20: Painting & Pups
9:30-10:30am at The LOT
Mansfield Commission for the Arts and Animal Care & Control invite you to create a paw-sitively adorable work of art with a shelter dog!

July 28: End of Summer Celebration
10am at Mansfield Activities Center 
All good things must come to an end, so we'll send them out in style! It's a *huge* celebration to wrap up the 100 Hours of PLAY challenge and MPL's Summer Reading Program, with bounce houses, games, face painting, and of course, all the prizes you earned!

This challenge was inspired by the 1000 Hours Outside movement, which encourages families to spend 1000 hours outside each year. Check out their blog and book out for lots of great ideas & education.