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KaBOOM!

The Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered nonprofit organization creatively combats issues related to health, education, and poverty through the development of play spaces for children around the United States.

Reintroducing Balanced and Active Play to Children

KaBOOM!

Founded in 1996, KaBOOM! is acutely concerned with many of the issues facing youth in underserved communities who struggle with such health issues as obesity, suicidal and depressive tendencies, and cognitive disorders. As a result of combined health and economic factors, many children struggle to succeed in school, exhibit less creativity, and have trouble making social connections. KaBOOM! believes that there is one central problem at the heart of these issues: Today's youth lead significantly less active lives than previous generations, and they have traded in playtime for screen time.

Studies show that children who spend more time actively playing lead healthier lifestyles, better succeed in classroom settings, more quickly develop necessary social skills, and maintain stronger relationships with caregivers. To that end, KaBOOM! not only encourages families to support their children to lead more active lifestyles but also helps to provide them with a larger infrastructure in order to do so. Through collaborations with community and national partners, the organization assists cities with implementing the Play Everywhere concept in innovative locations, especially throughout urban centers. By encouraging and providing access to more active lifestyles for children, KaBOOM! is putting children on track for happiness and success. 

GRoW Support

2012

Programming - Playful City USA: Creating Play Opportunities for Children in Los Angeles

2011

Programming - Playful City USA: Creating Play Opportunities for Children in Los Angeles