July 15, 2009

Today in Play: Playspace Finder game, Michelle Obama and more!

"Today in Play" is a regular feature on the KaBOOM! blog, featuring the latest news on play and KaBOOM! media mentions.

Experience the great playground adventure with the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder
I loved this blog post - find parks near you with the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder, print maps of how to get there, have your kids navigate to them as you drive, and have the kids rate each playground. What a cool idea - a great summer activity! Read the post on Examiner.com.

Playground build with First Lady Michelle Obama featured on Serve.gov
This story on Serve.gov highlights First Lady Michelle Obama's playground build with California First Lady Maria Shriver, KaBOOM! and CaliforniaVolunteers in San Francisco June 22. "Without skipping a beat, the First Lady helped construct a slither slide, a color and shapes panel, a solar climber and a babble-on. She also discovered her new favorite tool – the ratchet." (Learn more and see photos from the day here.) Read the post on Serve.gov.

New video of Antawn Jamison's playground build available
All-Star Playmaker Antawn Jamison built a playground with us over the weekend, and now there's a video of the day posted on the Washington Wizards website. Watch the video on the Wizards website.

Dr. James Sallis healthy neighborhoods include play opportunities
In this guest blog post, Dr. James Sallis, a leading researcher in the field of physical activity, lists the criteria he thinks is most important in creating healthy neighborhoods. Among the priorities are "park with play equipment in good working order within 1/2 mile of homes," "daily youth activity programs for free or sliding scale fees in all parks," "nearest school activity facilities open for public use" and "a bicycle or skateboard for every child." Read the full article on the Official SPARK Blog.

Find upcoming park events in San Francisco
San Francisco Parks and Recreation continues to be on the technological cutting edge! Now they're about to launch Parks Portal, "a single go-to source for all information about what’s going on in the city’s parks and recreation spaces." Read the story on the San Francisco Examiner website.


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