KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – a childhood filled with balanced and active play. KaBOOM! believes cities would do well to broaden their horizons, and to invest in an extension of livability they call urban playability.
play.a.bi.it.ty (noun) - The extent to which a city makes it easy for all kids to get balanced and active play.
Kids and parents are calling out for play everywhere. People don’t just want great parks and playspaces. They want a complete reimagining of what our urban spaces look like— from sidewalks to bus stops and parking lots. Cities and towns have the power to turn play spaces, and all spaces, into transformative theaters of activity, inspiration, and discovery.
This is where KaBOOM! comes in. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playspaces, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.1 million kids.
KaBOOM! creates creative places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.
Why is play so critical? Play can help manage toxic stress, a huge problem especially among children in low-income families. It can spark creativity and resilience, two of the most important leadership and job skills of the 21st century. Play enriches all other aspects of learning as well—from the STEM disciplines to critical thinking and analysis.
To learn more about KaBOOM!, to get involved, or contribute directly to enhancing the cause of play for all kids, visit KaBOOM.org