Department of Play held its first public play date in Dec, 2013. Organized with ten collaborators, the daylong events began with "It's Summer Somewhere," a felt-flower-making workshop. The flowers were left throughout Boston's Chinatown neighborhood for residents to discover. Then, "Crosswalk Cinema" kicked off with shadow-puppet-making. Puppets became part of a momentary stage set at a busy intersection, where headlights from cars stopped at a red light served as stage lighting and crossing pedestrians' shadows mingled with the puppets'.