Our Dream Playground
Our new step-by-step project planner offers the money and know-how to make your playground dreams come true.
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Get funding, learn the nuts and bolts of building a great place to play, and improve your local playground.
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Build a great place to play for your community with the help of your neighbors, friends, KaBOOM! and our Funding Partners.
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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.
Attend an Editorial Board Meeting
What is it?
Editorials are written by newspaper editorial staff members and reflect the opinions of the paper’s owners and editors, and are often influential with policymakers. Some editorial boards are biased and can’t be told what to write; however, you do have a chance to interest them in your issues by scheduling an editorial board meeting.
During the meeting, you and two other play committee members from diverse professional backgrounds present the board with information such as statistics from your playspace audit and personal stories. The key to gaining their attention is having a great storyteller on your committee who can sell your position.
Find out the mailing address, fax number, or email address of the editorial page editor or assistant to the editor and send him or her a brief (three-to-four paragraph) letter requesting a meeting and expressing the importance of this issue in your community.
Know your paper’s headlines. If you are asking the paper to take a stand, you should know what they have reported about the topic in the past.
Be prepared for the meeting. Most editorial board meetings are thirty minutes to an hour. Bring media kits, interesting research, or video.
If you are going to have a high-tech presentation, arrange early for any AV equipment needs, such as an LCD projector, TV screen, DVD player, etc.