Stories

Powerful stories of how KABOOM! transforms communities across the country

Preserving Chinatown's Culture Through Playful Learning

By KABOOM! | April 12, 2021

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation is transforming the 10th Street Plaza into a hub for literacy, active play, and cultural connection.

Find out how they are transforming this intergenerational, neighborhood landmark

Why the Fight for Access to Playgrounds is a Racial Justice Issue

By KABOOM! | February 23, 2021

Playgrounds have always been a racial justice issue, so let's treat them like one.

Play Everywhere Design Challenge Winners

By KABOOM! | February 9, 2021

Meet the 19 new and wonderous playspaces coming to Southeast Michigan and Western New York, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

See the plans and designs for new playspaces

Creating Safe Spaces for Black Children: The Dream and Legacy of Dr. King

By KABOOM! | January 18, 2021

Black children, who want nothing more than to run, jump, play and belong, continue to live in a very different America than their white counterparts.

KABOOM! honors the legacy of Dr. King through our own commitment to end playspace inequity

Stephen and Ayesha Curry to Build New Playspace in Oakland

By KABOOM! | November 20, 2020

Their Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, together with The CarMax Foundation, Oakland Unified School District and KABOOM!, announced the new playspace to hundreds of Franklin Elementary School kids.

Watch Stephen's announcement

Overcoming the Pandemic to Build a Playground for Baltimore's Kids

By KABOOM! | November 12, 2020

Students at Hamilton Elementary/Middle knew that nearby school systems had great playgrounds, but theirs was outdated and deemed unsafe. The community came together, overcoming the pandemic, to make sure Hamilton's kids got the playground of their dreams.

See photos and watch the video from this special project

Why Playgrounds Matter In Rural America

By KABOOM! | September 21, 2020

In rural communities, physical distance or a lack of a local tax base can limit kids' access to playspaces and the benefits they provide for health and well-being.

KABOOM! helps create active, rural community engagements to benefit kids

The Importance of Black Nonprofit Leadership in Defining Racial Equity Strategies

By KABOOM! | August 26, 2020

Black leaders at KABOOM! discuss the importance of prioritizing racial equity in their work and the need for racial diversity within the philanthropic sector.

Read the perspectives of some of the Black leaders of KABOOM!

Parks Aren't Public Until Black Kids Belong

By Sianna Simmons-Afari | July 23, 2020

Where can Black kids feel like they belong? Where are they truly safe? Every kid, every community, must have places where they can experience the playful moments that become lifelong memories.

Reckoning with racial exclusion in parks and spaces for play.

Bringing Play to Kids with At-Home Playground Design Kits

By KABOOM! | May 21, 2020

Bringing a bright spot of joy to the kids hit hardest by the pandemic.

See the photos from our very first At-Home Playground Design Kit distribution