Play Everywhere

Turning Everyday Places into Playspaces

KABOOM! created the Play Everywhere concept to inspire kids to play every day and to incorporate it into their normal routines. Play Everywhere innovations and installations bring play to unexpected, but everyday spaces, making play easy and available for kids and families.

While a playground can provide a joyful oasis for play, play must be available in other places to include play opportunities where kids, and their caregivers, are already spending their limited time. Play Everywhere encourages people to think about spaces that could become PLAYces — a laundromat, grocery store, sidewalk, bus stop — any unexciting situation can turn into a stimulating, creative outlet for play.

See the designs for our newest group of Play Everywhere Challenge winners

We awarded $1 million in Play Everywhere grants in Philadelphia. In addition to creating a place for play, each project focused on creating a learning space to help promote child development and literacy skills.

Meet the Winners

How KABOOM! Drives Play Everywhere

Design guides and case studies

Play Everywhere Playbook

Using our play infrastructure expertise, KABOOM! has created the Play Everywhere Playbook to detail the principals behind the best Play Everywhere concepts and provide steps and examples for putting them into practice.

Programs and challenges

Grants

To help more cities use Play Everywhere concepts as a solution for their communities, KABOOM! has activated our partners to launch programs and challenges to find, inspire, and build Play Everywhere concepts.

Our gallery of Play Everywhere projects is just a sample of the ideas happening across the US. Browse our gallery to gain inspiration for your own PLAYces-- here are a few examples to get you started.

Philadelphia, PA

Urban Thinkscape

An empty lot is now a place for puzzles, games, mathematics and reading.

Miami, FL

iPlay MIAMI Streets

Dead-end streets in Miami’s disinvested communities are transformed for fun.

Detroit, MI

Brightmoor Runway

Transforming a section of a broken sidewalk into an illuminated running, play, and exercise track.

Cassadaga, NY

Loopholes

A playable sculpture with five open, climbable cylinders with peek-a-boo holes throughout.

Using Play Everywhere to Create Playable Cities

Research developed from KABOOM! and behavioral economics research firm ideas42 shows that cities must become more playable to ensure that all kids across every socio-economic background are getting the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

Together, KABOOM! and ideas42 published the white paper Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities. It identifies the behavioral bottlenecks that prevent kids from getting play and demonstrates the solutions cities can take to holistically address them.