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.
Become a Community Partner
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.
Meet Our Partners
KaBOOM! (and millions of children across the United States) salute the leadership of all those who support the cause of play. THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners.
KaBOOM! National Partners – Founding Members, Corporate Leadership Circle
KaBOOM! National Partners
Community Build Funding Partners
Hall of Fame: Major Past Supporters
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
In 2011, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) introduced Let’s Play, a community partnership designed to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let’s Play initiative was a three-year commitment to KaBOOM! to build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. Last year alone, KaBOOM! and DPS awarded 508 Let’s Play grants and built 20 playgrounds nationwide! Interested communities can apply for a wide range of Let’s Play grants to build new playgrounds, update existing playgrounds and keep playgrounds open longer. For more information on Let’s Play, visit letsplay.com or find them on facebook.com/letsplay or Twitter @letsplay. KaBOOM! has a long history of working with our friends at DPS, and we are thrilled to see them out on the playground again this year!
Foresters™ is more than a life insurance provider. Foresters purpose is to champion the well-being of families through quality life insurance, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Since 2006, Foresters has built or planned nearly 100 KaBOOM! playgrounds, thanks to the volunteer efforts of Foresters members, independent producers and local community partners. These playgrounds will eventually serve over 2.6 million children and families, providing them with a safe place to play, learn and spend time together. Foresters is a proud National Partner and a founding member of the KaBOOM! Corporate Leadership Circle, a group of organizations dedicated to providing the highest level of corporate support for KaBOOM! and our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child and family.
Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, and supports the nonprofit’s vision of a play space within walking distance of every child in America. Since 2011, Disney has pledged more than $3.5 million to help build fifteen playgrounds and learning gardens with the participation of more than a thousand Disney VoluntEARS. At the end of 2012, Disney will have helped KaBOOM! build close to thirty playgrounds. The playground builds are an extension of Disney Magic of Healthy Living, an initiative designed to partner with parents to raise healthy, happy kids and make healthier lifestyles fun. Being a good corporate citizen is a time-honored Disney tradition. For more information on Disney’s Citizenship, please visit: http://www.Disney.com/Citizenship2010
The CarMax Foundation
CarMax, the nation's leading used car retailer, is committed to making a positive impact on community health and wellness in the cities and regions that we serve. The CarMax Foundation is setting a goal to impact the lives of 100,000 underserved children and families during the next three years. One important component to achieving this goal is creating opportunities for children to increase their physical activity and develop positive social interaction skills. CarMax shares KaBOOM!'s vision of having a place to play within walking distance for every child, and CarMax associate volunteers will help build 30 playgrounds across the country through 2015.
JetBlue is committed to the cities it serves through partnering with non-profits that focus on children, education, communities and the environment. The partnership between JetBlue and KaBOOM! began in 2006 and since then JetBlue has helped to build a total of 13 playgrounds, engaged 2,636 volunteers and served 8,680 children by providing a safe place to play in cities across the airline’s network in the United States and Puerto Rico. In 2012, JetBlue’s crewmembers will participate in builds at 5 sites across the country, including a playground build that the public voted to bring to the San Francisco Bay area. Please fasten your seatbelts because it’s going to be a great ride!
Fun Fact: Did you know that MetLife funded its first playground in 1924 through the Playground and Recreation Association of America. Now, eighty-six years later and based on the success of their first playground project with KaBOOM!, MetLife Foundation is continuing to build playgrounds in cities all over the US. What a great history in support of play! MetLife Foundation has been working with KaBOOM! since 2008, and this year, they have decided to build 5 new KaBOOM! playgrounds in the US and Mexico. Each playground build will engage local employee volunteers to make a very special investment in the community. We're looking forward to seeing our friends from MetLife and their special guest, SNOOPY, on the playground soon.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Discover Financial Services
Health Care Service Corporation, dba:
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
NFL PLAY 60
Playworld Systems, Inc.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
24 Hour Fitness
American Access Casualty Company
American Heart Association
Aspire Public Schools
Bank of America (Tampa)
Brewers Community Foundation, Inc.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc.
The Carlyle Group
The CarMax Foundation
Chicago White Sox
City of Selma
CME Group Foundation
Coahoma County Delta Bridge Project
Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
East Durham Children's Initiative
Fairytale Brownies, Inc.
Forest City Ratner Companies
Giant Food Stores
The Heinz Endowments
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Indiana University Health
Irwin Industrial Tool Company
J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation & Marriott International
Junior League of Birmingham
Junior League of Chicago
Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Laureate Education, Inc.
Livie & Luca
Major League Soccer and the Philadelphia Union
Marjorie S. Fisher Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Mississippi Children's Home Services
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Nashville Predators Foundation
The New Balance Foundation
New Orleans Saints Players from the 2011 Lockout
Pacific Dental Services
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
PECO - An Excellon Company
Pennsylvania Municipal League
Pershing Square Capital Management, LP
The Philadelphia Flyers
Post Properties and Post HOPE Foundation, Inc.
Quantum Resources Management, LLC
Reedy Industries, Inc.
The Rosengarten Family
SAP America and Adobe Systems
SEGA of America
State Farm Bayou Classic
Surgical Care Affiliates
Tampa Bay Rays
The Toro Company
UnitedHealthcare and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation
Warner Music Group
Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation
William Blair & Company
The Windermere Foundation funded by Windermere Real Estate
American Eagle Outfitters Foundation
Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.
The Chrysler Foundation
David and Lucile Packard Foundation & Redwood City School District
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation
Kraft Foods Foundation
Madison Square Garden Cheering for Children Foundation
Smart Start Georgia
Youth Service California/CaliforniaVolunteers