This September, over 1,600 communities across the country hosted a KaBOOM! Play Day, presented by Mott’s. Groups gathered for a day of fun games, advocacy activities, and playspace improvement projects.
The judges have selected the top ten Play Days and now we need your help. Vote for your favorite KaBOOM! Play Day and they could win a $10,000 Play Day Grant from Mott’s and NFL PLAY 60. Five grants will be awarded: one $10,000 first place, one $7,500 second place and three $2,500 runner-ups.
Take some time to review the ten finalists, and then cast your vote!
Bel Aire Play Day
Bel Aire, Kans.—Kids were able to choose between basketball, tetherball, ring toss, and disc golf, and even the adults joined in on the games. At each game, the kids earned a medal, which made them even more excited to keep playing. The Play Day took place near the youth soccer league’s games, which helped increase the number of participants later in the day.
College Park Get Up, Get Out and Come Play Day
Kansas City, Kans.—It was a fantastic day—the weather was perfect and the kids were ready for fun! The families played a kickball tournament, followed by several games of Red Light, Green Light. Next, the parents and children teamed up for a nature scavenger hunt. The Play Day was also used as a chance to stand up for the importance of play and sign a Beach Ball Petition to build support within the community.
Concordia Place Fall into Fun
Chicago, Ill.—This Play Day was fun for the whole community! Children decorated flower boxes and later planted pansies. They also tied unity ribbons to the fence, to symbolize that all children, regardless of any differences, need to play. At the end of the day, the kids, parents, neighbors, and teachers signed nine Beach Ball Petitions to advocate for play.
Cora Kelly STEM Playground Day
Alexandria, Va.—Parents partnered with local organizations and businesses to make their Play Day a real success for all members of the community. The kids participated in cleaning up the play space and improving their playing field so they can stay active! The Play Day also became a kickoff event for their new playground, which will serve over 400 students of all ability levels.
Gateway Community College Play Day
New Haven, Conn.—At the Early Learning Center, dads were invited to play and improve the play space with their children. Following a hearty and healthy breakfast, everybody got to work. The kids and their fathers planted mums, shrubs, and trees all around the playground. The Play Day was used as a kickoff event to a yearlong effort to promote healthy eating, exercise, and parent involvement, specifically with the fathers.
Lions Park Play Day
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.—Over 1,000 people attended this Play Day and made sure that every kid got at least 60 minutes of play. Each child explored the games at a play station before rotating to the next one. Many parents got involved in the day by volunteering to assist with games and the stepping stones project. It was a family event with the hope of encouraging stronger community bonds.
Noche de Divercion
Dallas, Tex.—This group organized their Play Day to include a Health Fair component to actively combat childhood obesity in their neighborhood, and also used repurposed materials for their games to stay eco-friendly. Kids painted cardboard box cars, before having relay races in them. Using paper plates, masking tape, and a giant tarp the kids created a life size Scrabble board. And a homemade bowling kit was created using water bottles and a baseball. Needless to say, the kids had a blast!
Pecan Park Elementary School
Jackson, Miss.—The school kicked off the Play Day with an energetic rendition of the morning routine, including a song entitled “Play!” and a Hula Hoop Challenge with a representative from the Mayor’s office, teachers, and the Assistant Principal. The students enjoyed playing games inspired from other countries. The students each painted stepping stones and planted flowers to beautify the area.
South Blvd FLAIM Work for Fun Day
Baton Rouge, La.—Organizers worked side-by-side with parents and service fraternity members to improve the area around the school, leveraging donated materials from local companies, while the kids enjoyed games. A compelling letter to the editor and a widely publicized event led to a great day for all involved. They are working toward building a new playspace to bring the outside appeal of the grounds in line with the neighborhood and to reflect the great programs inside the school.
Yachats Community Play Day
Yachats, Ore.—Participants at this Play Day improved a Peace Garden and reviewed plans for a new treehouse project. The kids pitched in on the improvement project as well as enjoying the fun activities, helping to pull weeds and improve the park. The event was held rain-or-shine, showing their dedication to play, and thoughtfully included activities for fun-loving kids of all ages!
Choose your favorite and vote today!