The Playability study seeks to gain the perspective of children aged 10 to 13 years and their parents on why they are motivated – or not – to play outside. We are focused on understanding how the built outdoor environment as well as individual and social factors influence children’s outdoor play and independent mobility. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop an index of the playability of outdoor environments – the extent to which a given environment is friendly for children’s outdoor play. The playability index will be useful for designing urban environments to meet children’s needs and positively influence their development and well-being.

Study Activities

 Aim 01: Find out what factors influence children’s outdoor play

Aim 02: Develop Playability Indices

Aim 03: Test Playability Indices

Study Recruitment


We invite children aged 10 to 13 years who can participate in physical activities, and their parents who reside in one of the three Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods below:

  • Grandview-Woodland area (between Clark and Nanaimo, North of Broadway)
  • Central and Lower Lonsdale (between Jones Rd and Grand Blvd, South of #1 Highway)
  • Steveston (West of No. 2 Road, South of William Road)

Participating children will wear a GPS watch and an accelerometer for a week and participate in a go-along interview – to receive $100.

Each participating parent will receive $50 after completing an individual interview.


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