September 29, 2009

Play Days celebrate play in unique ways

This past week, more than 1,200 communities across the country and on every continent (yes, even Antarctica) held KaBOOM! Play Days for their kids, giving them a dose of good, old-fashioned outdoor fun.

These free, fun-for-the-whole-family events celebrated play, raised money and volunteers for park and playground improvement projects, and rallied individuals to support for the cause of play. Every place celebrated play in their own fun way! See details below...and see how KaBOOM! staff celebrated with D.C.-area families

  • In Jackson, Miss., a past community partner, Pecan Park had an awesome day! Their Play Day included a hula-hooping Mayor, games named after NFL teams, and one of their spruce projects incorporated stepping stones made at their Build Day. Local media covered their big day (including ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliates).
  • In Albany, Ga. the city came together for a huge Play Day. Over 700 youth and adults, as well as 40+ volunteers, played field games, jumped in the bounce houses, explored Geocaching, tried out new playground equipment and built tool boxes and message boards. For the 2009 Albany Family Play Day, the Mayor declared Play as an important initiative to this community.
  • In Seaford, Del. the Seaford Central PTO incorporated a Play Day into their fall fundraiser walk. Over 210 students, staff members and family members come out to be physically active while celebrating the new fitness trail signage and stations on our playground. They raised over $2,300 for our school! The class that raised the most money was rewarded with extra recess!
  • In Virginia Beach, Va. the Naval Base’s Play Day was dedicated to Lee Meridith, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier in the week. The afternoon lifted everyone’s spirits and gave the chance for the kids to relieve some stress. The had a shave-off (each kid was given a can of whipped cream, a plastic spatula, and a blindfold), a chubby bunny contest, and lots of relay races!
  • In Columbia, Calif. the Historical State Park hosted a Play Day and kept it rockin’ like 1861! Kids got to play historic schoolyard games and use toys from the past such as bubbles, jacks, tops, tug-o-war and more! They also got to hand-crank ice cream and then eat what they made. The kids saw how much fun they can have with just some simple toys, games, and homemade ice cream.
  • In Kenmore, Wash. they erased the work of vandals, celebrated play, and enjoyed fun games. The new playground at Kenmore Elementary was vandalized with graffiti the week before their Play Day. Their Play Day service project removed paint from the play structure, big slide, and bench. Some brave kids and parents played outside even though it was raining so hard.

Sounds like these Play Days were a blast! How was yours?