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.
Q. What is KaBOOM!?
A. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit that empowers communities to build playgrounds. We passionately believe that play has purpose, and that unstructured play in particular helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, more socially adept and creative. KaBOOM! inspires mass action for the cause of play, empowers individuals to take action on behalf of play and works to create playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Learn more about KaBOOM! here.
Q. What is a KaBOOM!-led Build?
A. From our inception in 1995, KaBOOM! has led over 2,000 playground construction projects that pair community leaders with funding partners who support our mission. These playgrounds are our hallmark, all-volunteer, done-in-a-day builds that serve as an achievable win for communities that need it most.
Q. Will KaBOOM! build in my community?
A. KaBOOM! funding opportunities are often determined by the corporate sponsor. Check our current list of opportunity cities. If your city isn't on the list, don’t lose hope. The list changes every few months.
If you are interested in building a playspace with KaBOOM!, submit an eligibility questionnaire. If your site is eligible, KaBOOM! will keep your application in our system indefinitely for any corporate sponsorship opportunities that come to your area.
Q. Does KaBOOM! offer grants for playgrounds?
A. KaBOOM! offers funding opportunities through corporate sponsors (see question above for details) and also occasionally facilitates grant opportunities. Check out our grants page for details.
Q. Can my company fund a KaBOOM! build?
A. If your company is interested in funding a KaBOOM! Playground Project, please contact Dana D'Agostino at email@example.com. She would be more than willing to provide information on how to fund a KaBOOM! Project.
Q. Can I volunteer for a playground build?
A. Visit kaboom.org/volunteer for the scoop on how to find a project in your area that needs volunteers, how to spruce up an existing playspace, how to contribute to the KaBOOM! Map of Play, and more.
Q. Does KaBOOM! sell playground equipment?
A. No. KaBOOM! is a non-profit organization that facilitates the partnership between communities and businesses to create equitable access to play opportunities for youth; we do not manufacture or sell equipment. However, we are proud to say that the play equipment industry is adapting to our successful community-build model. Due to consumer demand, many manufacturers now offer special materials for community builds. Visit Partners in Play for information about our current equipment suppliers.
Q. What are KaBOOM! Do-It-Yourself Tools?
A. Our Do-It-Yourself Tools are online resources, including trainings, challenge grants, our Toolkit, and other resources for communities that wish to plan and build a new playspace on their own.
Q. What is the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play?
A. The KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play rallies individuals and communities to achieve better public policy, funding and public awareness for increased play opportunities. In 2007, we launched the Playful City USA recognition program, which honors the efforts of cities that create an agenda on play.
Q. What is the KaBOOM! Map of Play?
A. The KaBOOM! Map of Play is an online tool that allows users to identify and rate parks across the country. Members comment about playspace design, upload site photos, and include colorful descriptions of playspaces allowing anyone to perform coast-to-coast field research from their own computers!
Q. I have more questions.
A. Please contact us through our web contact form. We'd be happy to help you.