2013 TASP and IPA/USA Joint Conference
39th Annual Conference of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP)
26th Conference of The American Association for the Child’s Right to Play (IPA/USA)
March 6-9, 2013
University of Delaware & The Embassy Suite
Theme: Play as a Pathway
Play has been a pathway to connect those who study play from multiple disciplines and those who advocate for human rights across the life span. This year’s theme, “Play as a pathway,” address the topic of play from various research, theory, or advocacy perspectives, which will allow us to examine each of our views of play as a pathway and connection to one another.
Garry Chick, PhD (Penn State University) “Do Birds of a Playful Feather Flock Together? Or Do Opposites Attract?”
Jacqueline Epping, MED (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) “Physical Activity and Play: What is CDC Doing?”
Online registration TASP/IPA 2013 conference is now available.
Hotel Accommodations and Travel Arrangements
Conference Hotel: The Embassy Suite located at the University of Delaware.
(654 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware, 19713. Tel: 302-368-8000)
We have a negotiated rate of $149 per night for the conference attendees. The rate includes cook-to-order hot breakfast and manager’s reception with free drinks between 5:30-7:30 PM every night. Please go to this website and make a reservation. You must use this site to get a discount rate.
If you’re flying
We recommend flying to Philadelphia International Airport. It takes about 40-45 minutes from Philly to Newark, DE. BEWARE, there is another city called “Newark” in New Jersey. You must come to the Newark, Delaware.
From the airport to the hotel: We recommend using Delaware Express shuttle. The cost between the Philadelphia International Airport to Newark, Delaware is about $45(depending on your choice of vehicle). We recommend you to make reservation via online or phone prior to your trip to reduce waiting time. When you arrive at the airport, go to the ground transportation and find the desk with all shuttle service. You need to call Delaware Express and let them know you arrived even if you reserved the shuttle in advance.
If you’re driving
Newark, Delaware is conveniently located in the tri-city area between Philadelphia, New Jersey, & Maryland. Within 1-3 hours, you can come to Newark, Delaware from many major cities in the East coast (New York, Baltimore, Washington, DC, etc).
If you’re taking the train
The train is another convenient way to get to Delaware if you live on the East Coast. You can travel to Wilmington, Delaware. From the Wilmington station, you can take a taxi to the hotel (15 miles. Approximately 20 minutes).
Transportation during the conference
The conference will be held at the Perkins Student Center at the University of Delaware on Thursday and Friday and at the Embassy Suite on Saturday. To go to the Perkins Student Center from hotel, take a free university shuttle bus across the hotel (in front of the stadium or the field house). The bus runs every 20 minutes. There are a couple of different routes. Take the ‘South campus’ route. Ask the bus driver, whether the bus stops at the Perkins Student Center if you’re unsure.
More information on the shuttle bus. It also has live tracking system. Additional information on the shuttle buses will be included in the conference program.
For fun & play
The University of Delaware is located in the Downtown of Newark, DE. Newark downtown for restaurants, shops, & bars are just a 5 minute walk from the campus. We will update more fun things to do as the conference is near.