Spaces to play.
Sparks for change.

We work to end playspace inequity by uniting with communities to build kid-designed playspaces.

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KABOOM! Announces Baltimore as Inaugural Partner in the National 25 in 5 Initiative to End Playspace Inequity

KABOOM! Announces Baltimore as Inaugural Partner in the National 25 in 5 Initiative to End Playspace Inequity

Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, with the support of the Office of the Mayor, will ensure every child has a place to play at school and in parks, making progress towards Initiative’s goal of ending playspace inequity in 25 places in five years.

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We are proud to share we were featured on PBS NewsHour! Our CEO Lysa Ratliff was featured alongside Mayor Brandon Scott, and leaders from Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and Baltimore City Public Schools to highlight how we are partnering through the 25 in 5 Initiative to End Playspace Inequity.

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Standing with Black Children and Communities

KABOOM! stands in support of nationwide calls for racial justice. We do not hesitate in saying that Black Lives Matter, and that Black Children Matter too.

Black Americans are facing two pandemics: COVID-19 and structural racism. The first emerged recently and is still poorly understood. The other was meticulously crafted over 400 years and is so woven into the fabric of our neighborhoods, our institutions, and our society that at times it feels impossible to imagine an America without it. Both are devastating Black communities, and both demand bold action.

We say Black Children Matter because childhood often looks radically different depending on your race, and that’s a reality that we cannot continue to accept.

Race predicts whether a kid gets access to the things that are needed to live a healthy, joyful life. This means, among other things, good schools, nutritious food, accessible parks and safe, high-quality spaces to play.

This is not new. We have known about racial disparities for generations, but they continue to persist. These disparities represent more than a lost opportunity or an uncomfortable truth. For Black Americans, they are quite literally deadly. This is unacceptable. We say the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake, and countless others, and we commit to listen, learn, evolve, and act.

We must do better. Our kids are watching.

KABOOM! works nationally to end
playspace inequity.

We unite with communities to build kid-designed playspaces that can spark joy and foster a sense of belonging for the kids who are often denied opportunities to thrive.

Our mission: end playspace inequity for good.

Play Everywhere: Turning Everyday Places into Playspaces

We created the Play Everywhere concept to inspire kids to play every day and to incorporate it into their normal routines.

Play Everywhere innovations and installations bring play to unexpected, but everyday spaces, making play easy and available for kids and families.

Our Partners

We've partnered with more than 275 organizations to build playspaces for kids in communities facing disinvestment. As a result, our partners have engaged employees, empowered communities, built stronger brands and given kids the childhood they deserve.

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