‘Playing’ is something small children do.
When people become adults they ‘play (something)’, or go out, hang out, socialise, etc.

“What do you like to do?”
“I like to play.”
– no

“What do you like to do?”
“I like to play sports.”
– ok

“What are you going to do this weekend?”
“My friend and I are going out to play.”
– no

“What are you going to do this weekend?”
“My friend and I are going out to see a movie, have a few drinks, and maybe go to karaoke.”
– ok

“What did you do last night?”
“I went out to play with my friends.”
– no

“What did you do last night?”
“I hung out with my friends.”
– ok