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.
Why Support Play?
Too many kids are missing out on one of the most important childhood experiences: one that can help kids grow up healthy, happy and successful. An experience full of creativity, exploration, imagination, physical activity, friendship and adventure. The experience is PLAY.
There is a nationwide scarcity of play and we are beginning to see a stark difference between children who play and children who don't.
Kids who play are healthier, less likely to be obese and less prone to obesity-related health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
Obesity in children has increased from about 4 percent in the 1960s to close to 20 percent in 2004. (CDC, 2006)
- Obesity in children has increased from about 4 percent in the 1960s to close to 20 percent in 2004. (CDC, 2006)
Kids who play do better in school. Play develops the cognitive skills that are positively linked to learning and academic performance.
Physical activity leads to stronger academic achievement, increased concentration, and improved math, reading, and writing test scores (Journal of School Health, 1997)
- Physical activity leads to stronger academic achievement, increased concentration, and improved math, reading, and writing test scores (Journal of School Health, 1997)
Kids who play, play well as adults. Play builds confidence and teaches the social skills that help kids become happy, well-adjusted adults.
- The existence of play facilities in communities reduces crime and vandalism (Hampshire R and Wilkinson S, Youth Shelters and Sports Systems: A good practice guide, Thames Valley Police, 1999)
Play matters to parents too – moms, dads, families, and communities care about the health and development of their children. (Harris Interactive Consumer Research, 2009)
Only 41% of parents report that their children have access to a community playground.
99% of parents believe that playing outdoors and participating in unstructured play on a daily basis is at least somewhat important to the healthy development of children
96% of parents say that outdoor play is important for keeping their children physically fit.
- 96% of respondents believe that spending at least one hour outside each day is beneficial to a person’s health (not just for children).