Let's Play!

This site is about games - not just any games - just the games you play for fun. In the process of growing up, most people lose touch with the sources of their personal power. Fun is one of those sources - especially when it is deep: whole-hearted, whole-minded, whole-bodied.

Because, when the fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world.

What's Fun

family in car

Car Games


Boredom is the mother of playfulness. Desperation, the father. This is one truth that you can explore, in depth, while traveling with kids. The particular joy of this realization is the attendant realization that almost anything goes. The longer the trip, the lower the criteria for gamish acceptability. Even games that are just barely games.…

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The Imaginary Playground


one of many imaginative, but, fortunately, not imaginary playgrounds by Monstrum Imagine imagining a playground, just for the fun of it. A completely imaginary playground that doesn’t need to be strong or safe or public or even built. Your own, private, personal playground that is fun just imagining yourself playing in. Imagine imagining it together.…

tire swing

A Tire Swing for Your Inner Playground


Imagine yourself, sitting in it right now at this time, a tire swing, and it and you are just swinging back and forth, exactly as you want it and you to, with the air feeling just like the air feels on the edges of your lips or nostrils when you breathe in and you breathe…

Woman doing yoga at sunset, lotus position, copy space

Love and Breath


Before you start reading this. Oh, wait. You’ve already started. I was hoping… Well, that’s OK.  A little further down this page is a picture of my wife and me before we were married. That was about 50 years ago. When you get to that photo, try this: Listen to your breathing. Give yourself a few…

laughing ladies

Laughter, playfulness, community


Take another look at the collection of games that I call Games for Playful Players. See if you can find a game that would, in all likelihood, make people laugh. Better yet, see if you can find a game that wouldn’t. Yes, yes, rhetorical devil that I sometimes am, all of the games, every single…


The Label Game


You know those tags and badges you get at parties or conferences – those things you write your name on and then stick on or hang around your neck? Name tags, I think, is what you call them. That’s what you need to play the LABEL Game – say maybe three per player. They’re like $5…

We are particularly interested in one kind of fun – the playful kind, the kind of playful that makes us laugh together. Because in laughing together we are sharing the wonder of the fun we create, the love we manifest, the mind-body-soul-deep wellness we share, the momentary lowering of the divisions that separate us.

“To play is to be the bridge between mastery and mystery, chaos and control, the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish.”

– the Oaqui

Bernard De Koven

Bernard De Koven, author of The Well-Played Game and A Playful Path, describes and illustrates the power of adult playfulness, engaging the audience in several of his more playful games, and demonstrating how joyfully adults welcome the opportunity to expose their playful selves. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Fun Is Easy

It’s wherever you are, in whatever you are doing or sensing or thinking. It’s between you and the person you’re with or the machine you’re using or the table you’re sitting at or the path you’re walking down. It’s not something to strive for. But something to melt into, to sink into, to open up to. Listen. You can almost hear the laughter. Breathe. You can almost taste the joy. Listen a little more closely. Breathe a little more deeply. And there it is again. Fun. Real fun. Deep, forever fun.

Fun isn’t the hard thing. The hard thing is remembering to have it ...