Powerful stories of how KABOOM! transforms communities across the country

Working across sectors to support kids’ mental and physical health

By KABOOM! | October 11, 2022

We are committed to supporting kids’ wholistic health, recently we took two important steps toward strengthening the mental and physical health of children, families, and communities.

Equity in Parks: Celebrating the Contributions of Hispanic & Latino Leaders in Parks and Recreation

By KABOOM! | September 21, 2022

Hispanic Heritage Month, observed annually from September 15th-October 15th, is a time set aside to celebrate the contributions, history, and culture of people from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Spain.

Learn more about equity in parks

What the data says about playspace inequity

By KABOOM! | May 23, 2022

A team of experts partnered with KABOOM! to summarize what the research has to say about equitable access to quality playspaces in Colorado and nationwide. What they found was surprising.

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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.

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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