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 May 27 and August 4. 

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 May 30 and August 4
  • TRACKING: Pick up a tracking form at the MAC or download it below, or use the online form to submit your hours and we'll keep count for you!
  • PRIZES: Submit hours online, at the Mansfield Activities Center, or by attending events to be eligible for weekly drawings; grand prizes will be announced August 5 for our top earners!



  • CLICK HERE to log your hours online & enter the weekly drawing
  • CLICK HERE to download a coloring sheet that tracks your hours; one square for each hour spent outside!
  • CLICK HERE to download ideas for different ways you can spend more time outside together


Summer PLAYdates

Need more ways to get outside? Join us for weekly PLAYdates every Friday 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 3: 100 Hours of PLAY Kickoff Party
10am at Katherine Rose Memorial Park
Kickoff the challenge with lawn games, popsicles and more

June 10: Flowers & Fish
9am at Oliver Nature Park
Guided wildflower hike and open fishing (we supply the poles and bait!)

June 17 : Chess & Checkers Chat
10am at Katherine Rose Memorial Park
Come enjoy a pickup match or learn to play for the first time!

June 18: Juneteenth
10am-4pm at MISD PAC
City's annual festival with shopping, live entertainment, food and of course, play! This is a citywide special event but you can stop by the Mansfield Parks & Recreation tent to check in and get entered for that week's drawing.

June 24: Recycle Roundup
10am at Katherine Rose Memorial Park
Eco-friendly games and hands-on lessons from Water & Environmental Services

July 8: Pickleball Party
10am at  Chandler Park
Learn the fastest growing sport in the country with lessons for all ages and skill levels

July 15: Duck Hunt
10am at McKnight Park East
It's a quackeriffic scavenger hunt along the trails you don't want to miss!

July 22: Arts Around Town
8pm at Town Park
Enjoy the parks after dark with a special night event! Wear your jammies and enjoy a performance under the stars with campfire marshmallows, art projects and music along the trail.

July 29: Shark Week Splash Pad Storytime
10am at Chandler Park
Suit up for fin-themed books and crafts while staying cool in the water

August 5: End of Summer PLAYdate Party
10am at Chandler Park
Wrap up the challenge with a big party for everyone and unveil all the winners!

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.