I Must have spent nearly a quarter of the past decade at playgrounds with my kids, so I am thrilled to write about the nonprofit organization,Kaboom!
that believes in the power of play. The neighborhood playground was my office, my social interaction, my snack bar, changing station, and my sanity as a mother. It was the place we could always go when we needed to get out of the house, and we were there daily. We could be sure to meet up with other kids and moms wether we planned ahead or not. For a few hours the kids could climb and shout, and spill their juice boxes all over the ground, which was a few hours less of them doing the same inside our house. As a mother some of my most memorable bonding moments with other mothers took place on the playground, and that’s just what the playground meant to me as a mom!
Playgrounds are really all about the kids and their need to play. Kids need the freedom to explore and climb, and be physical in a safe place where they can have fun. Growing up my neighborhood playground was such an essential part of my own childhood, I still feel nostalgic when I drive by it. There is the same swing set with the long chains on which I soared and dreamed as a child. The same water fountain is still there where I stood in line on a hot day for a drink, and then got bit by a spider when it was my turn, but tried to act cool because of all of the big kids in line behind me. The climbing castle from which we would jump off the top, and the same fountain where we cooled off in its spray in the summer still stand. It is hard to imagine where all of that time I spent as a child, and then spent with my own children, would have been spent if we did not have access to the parks we did.
Kaboom! is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States dedicated to saving play for children, and was founded by Darell Hammond in 1996 after he had read the story of two children who suffocated while playing in an abandoned car. They had no where else to play. Not only do children need safe environments for play,but there is extensive research and data on the power of play, and the difference that unstructured play can make on the health and well-being of a child.
“At KaBOOM! we create opportunities for the collaborative sharing and continued improvement of knowledge and tools that anyone needs to build or improve upon playspaces on their own. As advocates of play, we recognize the importance of each child not only having access to a safe and engaging place to play, but also having the time to play—knowing that it makes children happier, fitter, smarter, creative, and more socially adept”
.- KAboom! Website
Watch this video about Kaboom! and how it helps provide play spaces for children:
Through Kaboom! communities in need of playgrounds can build that space or their children, and provide those years of essential activity and free play that all kids need. If your community or a neighborhood you know of is in need of a playground update of a new playground check out the KAboom! Website
to find out how you can make kids dreams come true. If you are passionate about the power of play you can follow Kaboom! on Facebook
, and if you would like to help support Kaboom! and its mission to provide safe play for all children you can donate here
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