Powerful stories of how KABOOM! transforms communities across the country

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.

Learn more about the research

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

How Ending Playspace Inequity Creates New Spaces for Kids to Play, Learn, and Dream

By KABOOM! | August 5, 2021

When KABOOM! partnered with Franklin Elementary School to revitalize an outdated schoolyard, the possibility of a kid-designed playspace created a ripple effect across the Oakland community, bringing together countless individuals and organizations committed to creating a space that will help every Franklin student can unlock their greatest potential.

Everything is special about Franklin Elementary. Find out why.

The County of El Paso, TX and KABOOM! Team Up to 'Raise The Bar' for Playspace Equity

By KABOOM! | July 1, 2021

Together, we're addressing inequitable access to recreation and open spaces in six county parks.

Learn more and see early plans for the new playspaces