“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

– Plato



The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) is a non-profit, membership, trade association that represents and promotes an open market for manufacturers of playground equipment and surfacing. By serving its members, IPEMA provides information on key economic and governmental issues affecting the play equipment industry and promotes relationships among related organizations. In the interest of public safety, IPEMA provides a product certification program for public play equipment and surfacing materials. IPEMA membership includes over 200 playground equipment and surfacing manufacturers across the world.

About Voice of Play

Voice of Play

Founded in 2006, IPEMA’s Voice of Play initiative promotes growth in the quality and quantity of children’s free play and the use of playgrounds. By providing information and resources, the Voice of Play’s goal is to increase education and awareness about the many benefits of children’s play, including the development of critical physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills. As nice as it sounds—to both kids and adults—children do learn from playing on their own, and IPEMA wants to preserve play and playgrounds for our own children and those in the future. Whether you’re a parent, child, community group, school principal, teacher; parks and recreation professional; playground designer, equipment manufacturer; or anyone who cares about kids and play, the Voice of Play website and social media efforts are a great resource for those who want to learn about the many benefits of play.