Playful City USA

Playful City USA

Playful City USA is a recognition program honoring cities and towns that ensure that kids in their communities, particularly kids from low-income families, get the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

2018 announcement

Working with city leaders to develop playful communities complete with access to parks, playgrounds and play opportunities for all kids is a top-priority for KaBOOM!. We have decided to take a break from Playful City USA as we focus on finding new, innovative and exciting ways to help cities ensure that all kids have great PLAYces to play. Although we will not select honorees in 2018, we encourage you to keep in touch with us at and share stories about how play is making a difference in your community.

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2017 Playful City USA communities

In 2017, we recognized 258 communities for making it easy for all kids to get balanced and active play in their neighborhoods and for pledging to integrate play as a solution to the challenges facing their communities. Meet the communities