Last year at Thanksgiving Peter took the kids to visit his parents for two weeks. He and the kids would occasionally head into town to feed Peter’s caffeine needs. Sometimes they’d want to go a park. You’d think that since Peter grew up there he might know where the parks are, but you’d be wrong. Things have changed and it was a long time ago. Also, it’s funny what you don’t pay attention to when you don’t have kids. Apparently playground locations is one of those things.

Peter did try to ask the internets about parks, but he got no love. And at the time there wasn’t a good park site with user generated content.

KaBOOM! to the rescue. With a quick query in the “Find a Playspace” section I found 4 parks that were in the general vicinity of Peter’s dealers Peter’s coffee haunts. But KaBOOM! is so much more than just a place to find a playspace.

KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to bringing play back into the lives of our children. We passionately believe that play has purpose. We are driven to create a movement in support of this belief. To create this mass action we do three things. We facilitate building innovative, kid-inspired playspaces, using a community-build model which improves the well-being of the children we serve as well as the communities in which they live. We create platforms and opportunities for the collaborative sharing and continual improvement of knowledge and tools needed for anyone to build playgrounds on their own. And we are advocates of the importance for each child to have a safe and engaging place, as well as the time, to play—knowing that this experience makes children happier, fitter, smarter, and more socially adept and creative in the here and now and in the future.

Sure, you can find a park in a town unknown to you or an unknown park in your own town. They’re trying to make a difference in the lives of children everywhere. Read what inspired the founders to act and I dare you not to be moved.

I want you to be moved.

On Friday, May 1 I’ll draw a name from the commentors that leave a link to their own KaBOOM! submissions. Log into KaBOOM!, add your playspaces to their database, leave me a comment linking to your addition(s) and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card (or $10 Starbucks card, your choice). Additionally, KaBOOM! is running a contest to add 100,000 playspaces in 100 days … two-time Dancing with the Stars winner Julianne Hough is donating $1 per addition to the KaBOOM! database. You can win prizes there too!

So, go and document your playspaces! And even though I am not eligible to win my own drawing, I’ll post some of our parks too.

7 smart people left their mark:

  1. nylonthread, 21. April 2009, 11:02

    I am totally all over this. 5 playspaces down, here’s my profile link:

  2. nylonthread, 27. April 2009, 8:25

    Also, I won a weekly drawing (amazon kindle)!! You ought to get a kickback for sending me to them.

  3. Annie Lynsen, 27. April 2009, 11:41

    Thanks for helping to spread the word!

    We linked back to your post here.


    Annie Lynsen
    Manager, Online Content & Community Development

  4. Catherine, 27. April 2009, 12:59

    that’s so great! You’ll have to let us all know how it is to actually *use* one :)

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  6. melissaz, 29. April 2009, 7:23

    Bribery will get you everywhere, my dear…

    melissazs last blog post..NO WAY! An actual post?!?!

  7. lee, 30. April 2009, 18:51

    i will add a playspace tomorrow (promise!) but right now it’s too dark to go take photos.

    lees last blog post..me & mom