KaBOOM! Partnership


Communities Build Brighter Futures Through Play

Playworld has partnered exclusively with national non-profit KaBOOM!—the experts in community-built playgrounds. These efforts do more than save money and deliver great play solutions. They instill the sense of ownership and pride that revitalizes communities. Our shared mission is to put a playground within walking distance of every child. Since 1999, we've helped over 2,300 communities rally around the power of play.

Playability and the Play Everywhere Challenge

People don’t just want great parks and playgrounds; they want a complete reimagining of what our urban spaces and places look like, from sidewalks and bus stops to health clinics and laundromats. That's why KaBOOM! recently held the Play Everywhere Challenge—a national competition that awarded $1 million in prizes for the 50 best replicable, scalable innovations in city redevelopment and design that will help make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families.

More than 1,000 applications were submitted, and of that, 200 finalists were chosen. Now, we have our winners! These projects represent a wide range of creative, replicable, and fun ways to get more kids and families playing every day.

See the winners and their extraordinary ideas.

Build-it-Yourself Grants
One of the biggest challenges facing any community-build playground project is fundraising. KaBOOM! offers grant opportunities to communities to begin or complete playspace projects. Learn about playground grant opportunities available from KaBOOM!.

Build it with KaBOOM! Grants
For certain projects, KaBOOM! creates a partnership between a community and a funder who shares our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child. The partnership culminates in a done-in-a-day, community-built playground led by an experienced KaBOOM! Project Manager. Apply for a KaBOOM! community-built playground grant.

Playful City USA
In addition to empowering communities to build playgrounds, KaBOOM! also honors cities and towns that make play a priority and use innovative programs to get children active, playing, and healthy. Apply to become a Playful City USA community and enjoy the many perks of being a national role model for play, including:

  • Exclusive access to grant opportunities and online resources.
  • Street signs, awards, and special marketing opportunities identifying your community's commitment to children.
  • Inclusion in national publications spotlighting your city's best practices in play.

Map of Play
The Map of Play is a quick and easy way to find and rate playgrounds near you. Don't see your favorite? Add your favorite playgrounds, parks, sports fields, and any other great place to play in your community. Learn how to make play a priority in your community at KaBOOM.org.

Learn how to make play a priority in your community at KaBOOM.org.