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Phone: 202-659-0215
4455 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite B100

District of Columbia 20008

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Target demographics: We inspire mass action in support of the belief that play has purpose.  We activate communities in order to increase the quality, quantity and access to play for local children.

Geographic areas served: Through the participation and leadership of communities across the country, all 50 states now have KaBOOM! playgrounds.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child.  We passionately believe that play has purpose, and that unstructured play in particular helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, and more socially adept and creative.
At the end of 2008:

Over 1,500 KaBOOM!-led playspaces

Over 2,000 playspaces built through KaBOOM! do-it-yourself resources (such as trainings, grants, publications and online tools)

Over 5,600 registered KaBOOM! Playmakers

67 Playful Cities USA recognized in 2008!

Almost 4 MILLION children served!

KaBOOM!-led builds: playground construction projects that pair community leaders with funding partners who support the mission of KaBOOM!.  These playgrounds are our hallmark, all-volunteer, done-in-a-day builds that serve as an achievable win for communities that need them most.

Do-It-Yourself Tools: online resources, including webinar trainings and publications for communities who are planning and building playspaces on their own.

National Campaign for Play: rallies individuals and communities to advocate for better public policy, funding and play awareness for increased play opportunities. The Playmaker Network helps individuals achieve results at the grassroots level, and the Playful City USA recognition program honors cities who create an agenda on play.

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Kaboom comes to cities and towns like a traveling circus. Does NOT distribute information as suggested on its website. Fails to follow up on its projects as suggested on its website. Travels from community to community and forgets the last community in its wake. #KaboomFlatLeaves... more »
KaBOOM! brings the joy of play to children and families all over the country. Not only do they lead volunteers in building playgrounds in just one day, they help groups to organize on their own and advocate for more play for kids everywhere... more »
Hey, the folks at KaBOOM! get playgrounds built and a lot more. They have built nearly 2,000 playgrounds, raised $200 million and marshaled 100,000 volunteers throughout the country and internationally... more »
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