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Creative competition

We are asking children and young people to use their creative skills to design a new play character. The character will help to showcase the favourite places to play in Belfast and play activities to do in the city. It can be a drawing or a digital image.

Use your imagination to create a friendly, welcoming play character that will encourage children to come out and play in spaces around the city. Each overall winner in each age category will receive a complimentary family ticket to Belfast Zoo.

How to enter

Please read our terms and conditions before entering the competition. 

Competition entries will be judged in the following age groups:

  • 4 to 6 years old
  • 8 to 10 years old
  • 11 to 13 years old
  • 14 to 16 years old.
Entries will be accepted by email to or by post to:

The Play Development Officer
Belfast City Council
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

We regret that we will be unable to return entries. Please contact the Play Development Officer with any queries on 028 9032 0202 extension 3524.

Our six play centres are managed by qualified and experienced play staff. Activities include after-schools clubs, Saturday clubs and seasonal schemes.

Holiday arrangements

Play centre opening hours may vary during public holidays.

View our holiday arrangements

NameAddressTelephoneEmail address
Avoniel Play CentreAvoniel Road, Belfast, BT5 4SE07979
Ballysillan Play CentreBenview Avenue, Belfast, BT14 8HD07979
Loop River Play CentreCourtney Hall, 76A Cregagh Road, Belfast, BT6 9EQ028 9045
North Queen StreetHenry Street, Belfast, BT15 1DJ028 9075
OlympiaBoucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6HR028 9024
WhiterockWhiterock Close, Whiterock Road, Belfast, BT12 5HQ028 9032