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About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. We create great places to play, inspire communities to promote and support play, and work to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities.

Playability

Our Vision

All kids get the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive.

At a Glance

Founded
1996
Founder & CEO
Darell Hammond
Offices
Headquarters
4301 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite ML-100
Washington, DC 20008
 
San Mateo
111 KaBOOM! Dr.
San Mateo, CA 90210
Playgrounds Built, Open or Improved
16,000
Volunteers Organized
1,000,000+
Children Served
7.4 million
KaBOOM!

Highlights in KaBOOM! History

  • 1995: First KaBOOM! build takes place at Livingston Manor in Washington, DC.
  • 1996: KaBOOM! is officially founded.
  • 1997: Offer is made to “purchase” KaBOOM! by Ted Turner… offer refused.
  • 1999: We build our first universally accessible playground with AAOS.
  • 2001: We become the first nonprofit to have an ice cream flavor: Ben & Jerry’s KaBerry KaBOOM!.
  • 2002: Our online playground project planner, Our Dream Playground, is created to help us scale our impact online.
  • 2003: We celebrate our 500th playground build at the Boys and Girls Club in Brampton, Ontario.
  • 2005: We launch Operation Playground in the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; First Lady Laura Bush attends playground build in Kiln, Miss.
  • 2006: Our Map of Play is created and KaBOOM! reaches $20 million in annual funding.
  • 2007: We establish our Playful City USA program and partner with Rockwell Group to develop Imagination Playground.
  • 2009: First Lady Michelle Obama and California First Lady Maria Shriver join us to build a playground at Bret Harte Elementary School in San Francisco. KaBOOM! is featured on NBC's Parks and Recreation; staff must still answer the question, "Wait, KaBOOM! is real?"
  • 2010: KaBOOM! is named one of the 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For by NonProfit Times in 2010 and 2011.
  • 2011: We celebrate our 15th birthday and 2000th playground build at Imagine Southeast Public Charter School in Washington, DC; First Lady Michelle Obama attends.
  • 2012: We moved down the street to a new headquarters
  • 2013: We hosted our first ever Playful City USA Leaders Summit in Baltimore, MD.
  • 2014: Introducing Playability.