Playful City USA


Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors cities and towns across the country for taking bold steps that make it easy for all kids to get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. These communities are recognized for their efforts to create more playable, family-friendly cities.

Through policy changes, programs, and infrastructure investments, Playful City USA communities are driving a deeper understanding of the importance of play and engaging their citizens to reimagine cities with kids in mind.

Last Week to Apply!

Have your city recognized as a 2016 Playful City USA community— apply now! The application period closes on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11:59PM EST.



Cities that earn the Playful City USA designation receive access to the following benefits:

  • Two Playful City USA highway road signs
  • Marketing activation kit that includes press releases, a social media plan, and marketing materials to support national recognition and increase awareness
  • Webinars and networking events for city leaders to share and learn about innovative solutions for play
  • Exclusive access to Policy Map, an online tool that enables cities to leverage up-to-date city data that can be used in combination with KaBOOM! playspace mapping data
  • Access to grants offered by KaBOOM! that support increasing opportunities for play
  • Increased stature and competitive advantage for state and national grant opportunities



2015 Communities: Watch our informative webinar about the 2016 Playful City USA application for returning cities. Watch it now .

New to Playful City USA Communities: Watch our webinar to get an introduction to Playful City USA, its benefits to your community, and a review for the 2016 application's requirements. Watch it now .


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