Our Dream Playground
Our new step-by-step project planner offers the money and know-how to make your playground dreams come true.
Tools and Resources
Get funding, learn the nuts and bolts of building a great place to play, and improve your local playground.
Build it with KaBOOM!
Build a great place to play for your community with the help of your neighbors, friends, KaBOOM! and our Funding Partners.
Save Play in Your Community
Get tips, ideas, and inspiration for making your community more playful.
Playful City USA
Our Playful City USA program recognizes cities and towns that embrace play as a priority.
Our collection of books will inspire you to bring more play to your family, neighborhood, and community at large.
What We Do
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children.
Who We Are
We are peppy, purple-adorned people who passionately promote the power of play!
Partner With Us
Our partners help us to create new playgrounds and to spread the word about the importance of PLAY.
Celebrating 2,000 Playgrounds Over 15 Years!
On June 15, we celebrated 15 years and 2,000 playgrounds at Imagine Southeast Public Charter School in our hometown of Washington, DC!
Our 2,000th build was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with the participation of our National Partners Dr Pepper Snapple, Foresters, Kraft Foods Foundation, JetBlue, and MetLife Foundation. It represents the collective effort of over one million volunteers, who over the past 15 years have contributed their time and sweat to give 5,501,334 children a great place to play.
First Lady Michelle Obama helped us mix concrete and assemble rock walls, and wished KaBOOM! a Happy Birthday by signing our 15th birthday card. Our 2,000th build was also designated The Congressional Day of Service Event for 2011, and we were honored to be joined by our country's leaders and their families.
Remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama
"You make sure that kids get over here and play. We want you all moving!"
See remarks from the Honorable Arne Duncan.
Photos from the big day
From our blog
The First Lady, members of Congress, and hundreds of volunteers help us build our 2000th playground
First Lady Michelle Obama to help us build our 2000th playground!
Let's hear it from the parents
Why students at Imagine Southeast need a playground
- Kids at Imagine Southeast Charter School help us design our 2000th playground
In the news
Michelle Obama helps build DC school playground (AP)
Mobilizing the Playground Movement (New York Times Opinionator)
A playground and a picnic (The White House blog)
Michelle Obama helps build playground at DC charter school (The Washington Post)
- Michelle Obama Builds Playground, Hosts Congressional Picnic On Wednesday (Huffington Post)