In 2012 City Council unanimously passed a motion making lifelong learning a priority for the community by declaring Greater Sudbury a Learning City. With this, Greater Sudbury became part of a worldwide approach to urban development where learning is valued as a key tool for creating economic development opportunities and improving social well being. The practice of embedding learning into the culture of cities is a global one and is growing, with an estimated 300 ‘learning communities’ around the world.


As part of the Greater Sudbury Learning City Initiative's goal to make lifelong learning a priority in our community, the Learning City Initiative is starting by supporting children and families at its flagship event, The Learning Spark, geared toward children ages 12 and under. This event celebrates the importance of free, unstructured, self-directed play in the healthy development of creativity, self-confidence and resilience in children.

Please join the Greater Sudbury Learning City Initiative by embracing the joys of learning.

We really believe in our motto: Learn More. Live Better.

Play is part of a child’s natural behaviour - it is how they explore their environment and make sense of the world around them. Children’s play is often referred to as free, self-directed or spontaneous play and can be defined as ‘what children engage in when they decide what they want to do, how they want to do it and when they do it.’ Free play is not adult-led or adult-structured and does not usually involve a final product. Children decide for themselves both the rules and the roles. Most importantly, children choose to play for the sake of playing and are not motivated by anything external. It is these characteristics of free play: control, uncertainty, flexibility, novelty, and non-productivity, that produce a high degree of pleasure for children and, simultaneously, the incentive to continue to play.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” -  Fred Rogers

Download our "Let's Play" booklet

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