America's Most Playful Family Contest


We asked families to share stories and pictures of themselves in all of the creative and active ways they play together. Fifty of these families were selected to move on to the next round of the contest. Meet the semi-finalists and get ideas to keep your family playful.

Meet our judges

A panel of playful all-stars and KaBOOM! Playmakers will judge which family will win the title of America’s Most Playful Family! Our judges are role-models through their strong commitment to making play with their families a high priority.

America's Most Playful Family Contest

Rico Rodriquez - Actor, Modern Family

Since the premiere of the Emmy Award winning series "Modern Family", Rico has garnered widespread attention for his work in the role of “precocious, old soul” Manny Delgado. Surprised to learn that he was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly’s 2010 Entertainers Of The Year, Rico was one of five chosen entertainers to receive their own covers and was ranked #4 on GQ Magazine’s 25 Most Stylish Men on Television.

In 2011, Rico was honored with being chosen as the first minor to ever speak at the opening of the SAG Awards. Rico had a blast working with Kermit the Frog and friends in the movie “The Muppets”, and just recently completed filming a lead role in the film “Endgame.”

Rani Rodriquez - Actor, Modern Family

A native of Texas, Raini Rodriguez moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue her dream of acting and singing.

Soon after being discovered at a nation-wide talent competition, Raini began working in television. Known by Disney fans for her role of “Betsy” in the Sleepover Suite episode of Disney’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, Raini also starred as the memorable Arlene Roca” aka “Annoying Arlene” in Disney XD’s “I’m in the Band”. Some of her other television credits are Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson”, Showtime’s “Huff”, and ABC’s "Family of the Year". Movie-going audiences embraced Raini in her feature film debut “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, where she starred as Kevin James’ daughter.

Joss Christensen - Olympic Gold Medalist

Play matters mostly because you can really just express yourself and be creative in any way you want. It allows you to be able to go and do something fun, something that excites you. There’s no rules, and you can just have a great time. For me, being able to play is so important because I can get so stressed and cooped up in my room, and it’s better than anything to get out and really just breathe, and have fun.

Playing brings a smile to my face. It’s what keeps me going every day, and it’s what I’m looking for every day of the future. For me, it’s mostly exciting, enthralling and fun!

Jay Harris - Anchor, ESPN SportsCenter

Playtime with the family can be so many things. Game night, movie night, the driving range, a jam session in the living room on bass, drums, and piano…..whatever it is, you can be sure there’s lots of laughter, and lots of love.

Eric Garcetti - Mayor, Los Angeles

For us, playing goes beyond "games" &emdash; it's how we bond as a family. It's when we're connecting, laughing, and exploring. It's the way my daughter and I experience new things together. And as Mayor of Los Angeles and the parent of a two year old, playing is how I can squeeze exercise into my schedule!

We are blessed to live in L.A., where we can be at the beach and the mountains within minutes. So hiking, sandcastles and everything in between are available to us, and when it rains, duets on the piano are a favorite activity.

Richard Wiese - Host, Born to Explore with Richard Wiese

Richard Wiese is the creator, Executive Producer and Host of the Emmy® Award-winning series, “Born to Explore with Richard Wiese.” Richard is also the author of Born to Explore: How To Be a Backyard Adventurer, and, in 2002, became the youngest president of The Explorers Club's hundred-year history.

As an Emmy® Award-winning journalist, outdoorsman and respected field scientist, Wiese has traveled to all seven continents and his accomplishments are many: he has tagged jaguars in the Yucatan jungles; he founded the Central Park "Bio Blitz", where he co-discovered 202 new forms of life; he was a team member of the largest medical expedition ever conducted on Mt. Everest; he achieved the first ascent of an unclimbed mountain in Alaska; he discovered 29 new life forms on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa; and he cross-country skied to the North Pole.

Rob DeMartini - CEO New Balance, KaBOOM! Board Member

The DeMartini family will do whatever is necessary to log days on the hill skiing. Good weather or bad, Nancy, David, Danielle and Rob can be found in bounds or out, on the hill enjoying the time together. David and Danielle learned to ski very young and Rob and Nancy are now relegated to chasing their two young adult children across the mountains.

Stephanie Gaillard White - KaBOOM! Board Member

I have a wonderful husband and two boys, who are 20 and 17. Play has always been a natural occurring set of activities and fun. Early outdoor play was possible via our backyard, the neighborhood playground, school sports, and little league. Competition was always fierce! Basketball, soccer, T-Ball, swimming, baseball, track, etc.!! Of course there was also the traditional hide & go seek and jumping around in every room of the house! As they boys have gotten older, the gym is now a very familiar place. College and professional sports are always a fun topic of discussion.

PLAY also comes in the form of laughter. We enjoy each other’s company and can find humor in just about everything. This laughter comes to us by way of dancing, karaoke, telling jokes, and simply having a good time.

Cyndi Nguyen - Executive Director, VIET – Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training

As a family, we are committed to our children play by taking advantage of community events that create fun time and physical activities. Other activities that we have done and do regularly are: visit our favorite playground which is the VIET – KaBOOM! playground, taking afternoon walks with our children after homework is completed and on the weekend, and eating healthy.

As a concerned citizen and a parent, I advocate for sage and fun development for children and families. Taking advantage of my role in my professional career, I support projects that create and support the mission of PLAY like the Born Learning Trail that is located on the VIET property where parents with children under 5 years old can learn about their children's development while playing.

Liza Sullivan - Executive Director, The Alliance for Early Childhood

Liza Sullivan, M.A., is the Executive Director of The Alliance for Early Childhood. She was formerly the Assistant Director of Continuing Education at Erikson Institute, as well as the Associate Vice President of Education at Chicago Children’s Museum.

Liza holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Iowa and a M.A. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.


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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. America’s Most Playful Family Contest is open to legal US residents of the 50 US/DC age 18+ and is subject to Official Rules posted at See Official Rules for complete entry and judging details and prize descriptions. Contest begins 1/28/14 and ends 5/26/14. Entry submission period begins 1/28/14 and ends 3/16/14. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: KaBOOM!, Inc.