Play is the center of childhood, yet for too many kids, play is hard to come by.
Kids who don't have a place to play are missing out on a critical component of childhood and are denied important opportunities to build physical, social, and emotional health. KABOOM! teams up with bold, inspiring partners and community members to build incredible places to play. Since 1996, we've used this model to build and improve 17,000+ playspaces. We've engaged more than 1.5 million employee and community volunteers to bring joy to over 11 million kids. We won't stop until we put an end to playspace inequity. For good.
KABOOM! Impact Areas
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Playspaces are catalysts for community change, increased neighborhood pride, and new social connections.
Disaster and Crisis Recovery
Playspaces offer resiliency and healing for kids and families in the wake of a disaster, crisis or tragedy.
Play promotes brain development, parent-child bonding, and improves overall wellbeing for kids ages 0-5.
Investing in teens demonstrates to them that they matter and are supported by caring adults.
We help address the need for equitable access to playspaces as a way to improve health outcomes.
Every kid should have access to incredible places to play.
At KABOOM!, our work centers around our three core values: equity, community and PLAYce. We know there are too many disparities when it comes to the opportunities for kids to play in this country. To advance playspace equity, we must work to eliminate inequity in access to quality playspaces caused by historic disinvestment in communities, which has disproportionately affected kids and communities of color.
We believe that the community has to be at the center of this change. Our role is to assist community leadership, not to come into a community and tell them what they need, or to do for them. And it is imperative that kids — the play experts — are active participants in the design process.
Together with our partners, we want to create PLAYces for kids and families to feel welcome, to feel safe, and to have fun. These principals started with the first playground that we built decades ago and continue to this day.
KABOOM! offers a diverse set of play solutions to meet the varying needs of both kids and communities, including Playgrounds, Adventure Courses, Multi-sport Courts, Play Everywhere grants, and Creative Play sets.