Stories

Powerful stories of how KABOOM! transforms communities across the country

Playspaces can help address the youth mental health crisis

By KABOOM! | May 11, 2022

The health and well-being of our kids is deeply connected to the places where they live and play. As the world nears the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids, much like adults, need outlets that relieve stress and provide social connection more than ever.

Learn more about the research

A Moment of Gratitude for MacKenzie Scott

By Lysa Ratliff | March 28, 2022

During the time we are celebrating Women’s History Month, I want to acknowledge and express gratitude for one of the most phenomenal among us. MacKenzie Scott.

Read the full moment of gratitude

Racial Justice in Recreation: Lessons from Three Black Leaders in the Early Struggle for Playspace Equity

By KABOOM! | February 7, 2022

From the very beginning, Black leaders recognized the value of parks and playgrounds and advocated at all levels for investment in, and access to, these spaces.

Learn about the history of playspace equity

Play Everywhere Winners Expand Access to Nature Play

By KABOOM! | January 21, 2022

Through the Play Everywhere Design Challenge, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and KABOOM! offer a pathway for communities across Western New York and Southeast Michigan to create safe, exciting places for kids to do what they do best: play.

Learn more about the Challenge winners

Sparking Playful Learning Opportunities Everywhere is a Crucial Covid Recovery Strategy for Kids’ Mental Health

By KABOOM! | December 1, 2021

Integrating play into children’s everyday lives is fundamental to the development of the social-emotional, cognitive, and self-regulation skills that allow kids to manage increased stress from the pandemic.

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Lifting Teen Voices in Rochester, NY

By KABOOM! | November 15, 2021

Engaging teens is crucial to creating a space they can be truly excited to use, but also to build trust and collaboration with young community members, creating a more cohesive community in the long-term.

See what teen leaders accomplished at Grand Avenue Park

Why Investing in Play Must Be Part of COVID Recovery

By Ronda Jackson | August 23, 2021

American Rescue Plan dollars represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in communities.

Learn more about how playgrounds can improve communities and community health outcomes

Connecting With Culture and History Through Play

By KABOOM! | August 20, 2021

Play Everywhere Philly installations create inclusivity and build pathways to positive outcomes.

Read stories from two communities that won Play Everywhere Philly grants