By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local nonprofit is encouraging kids to get up, get out and get active for a good cause.

Credit: (Justin Udo)

Credit: (Justin Udo)

The Smith Memorial Playground at Fairmount Park opened its gates to kids and parents on Monday for a day of free and unstructured play.

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“We have activity stations with face painting,” said Marissa Reale. “We have word searches; we have coloring; we have a wonderful DJ with fun music.”

The free day of play was made possible through the childhood cancer advocacy non-profit With Purpose, as they look to make sure kids with cancer have access to safe and effective treatment options.

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Reale says the day is meant to educate parents and children about the therapeutic value of play.

“It is community-led and youth-led,” she said. “The connection is there and we’re so happy to be able to help provide them with a chance to play and be themselves and just enjoy being a kid.”

During the day, the kids got lots of food, entertainment, made some new friends and even had a visit from the Phillie Phanatic.

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