The Children’s Media Conference has invited a selection of the world’s most innovative artists, developers and companies specialising in creative and interactive play to exhibit their projects at Site Gallery, Sheffield.

Playground is a two week-long exhibition of everything that’s new in play-along digital for children and families.

This year’s theme is Game/Changers. Children and families are welcome to make some noise while exploring new pieces of art, apps and games.

When is it?

25th June

11:00 – 18:00

26th June

11:00 – 18:00

27th June

11:00 – 20:00

28th June

11:00 – 18:00

29th June

11:00 – 18:00

The Quiet Hour
11:00 – 12:00

30th June

11:00 – 16:00

2nd July

11:00 – 18:00

3rd July

11:00 – 18:00

4th July

11:00 – 20:00

5th July

11:00 – 18:00

6th July

11:00 – 18:00

The Quiet Hour
11:00 – 12:00

7th July

11:00 – 16:00

Who can come?

Everyone is welcome…

The exhibition has been curated for 5-12 year olds, however everyone is welcome to drop-in during the gallery’s opening hours and it is FREE!

If you or your child have sensory requirements, or find sound overwhelming, please join us for The Quiet Hour on Saturdays 29 June and 6 July 11am-12noon.

Can we touch the art?

Yes! At this exhibition we’re going to let you touch the art. In fact we insist.

How do we get there?

Playground 2019 is located in Site Gallery, 1 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS. (Get directions)

We are close to the bus and train stations and pay and display parking is available nearby.

  • Admission FREE
  • Best for 5-12 year olds
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets & baby change facilities
  • At times noisy and distracting
  • Lots of lights used

What's On? Download Guide

Abstract Playground: AP1

Will Hurt

Interact with an abstract audio-visual scene, featuring geometry inspired by modernist architecture.

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Beasts of Balance

Sensible Object

A game of strategy and balance in which you build a tower of animals on your table-top, and then help them evolve in a connected digital world.

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Arthur Masson with La Sophiste and 3 Hits Combo

Instead of using buttons on a controller, the player controls old portable video games by moving in the game area drawn on the floor.

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Panoramical and the Panoramical Guitar

Presented by The National Videogame Museum with a custom PlayStation 2 guitar controller made by Lex Roberts

Discover incredible digital landscapes that change to your command in an immersive musical adventure through space and time.

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Pippin Barr

36 different versions of the classic arcade game Pong, each one imagining the original game in a slightly different way

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Bennett Foddy

QWOP is a simple game about running extremely fast down a 100 metre track

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Snake Pit


A take on the classic game steered using your feet, Only the fastest players will get their snake well-fed and growing!

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SPACE: A Galaxy Trail

Society of Explorers and Peter Martin

A video play-along board game. Can you work together to save your spaceship from being pulled into the orbit of a mysterious planet?

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Time Telephone Box

Playing the Archive: Memory, Community and Mixed Reality Play

Dial the Time Telephone Box to reach a portal to games and rhymes of the past.

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A Sense of Play

Saturday 29 June 11am-4pm

Join the adventure and help to create an experimental one-day playground on The Square opposite Site Gallery.

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Maker Table

Tuesday 25 - Sunday 30 June, Friday 5 and Sunday 7 July

The Playground Maker Table is open for you to take part in hands-on digital and creative making.

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MakEY Days

The University of Sheffield, School of Education

Tuesday 2 July 11am-6pm
Wednesday 3 July 11am-6pm
Thursday 4 July 11am-8pm
Saturday 6 July 11am-6pm

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The Quiet Hour

11:00 - 12:00, 29 June & 6 July

If you have sensory requirements, or find sound overwhelming, please join us for The Quiet Hour.

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Open 21 June–14 July
Fridays 2-7pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am-4pm
Yorkshire Artspace

Never-Land-Sheffield is a fictional nowhere, imagined for this project. Its ambition is to ask young people what Europe will be like in 200 years.

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Check it out

Discover our recommendations for other local activities and online resources.

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We would love to hear from you once you have attended the show – please send your feedback to

The website from last year is archived here and you can find photos from Playground18 here.

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