What if more cities saw their public spaces as potential assets that could support the well-being of kids and families, and build more cohesive communities, within an ecosystem of learning?
KABOOM!, an organization committed to ending play inequity across the country, has created a Play Everywhere Playbook to catalyze city leaders, project implementers, child and family-serving nonprofit organizations, and community development organizations to transform everyday places into spaces for play. Their driving belief is that “cities’ futures are inextricably tied to the success of our kids,” and that we risk designing kids right out of those futures if we ignore how public and private spaces could best serve their growth and development.
The Playbook includes fundamentals of great PLAYces, design guides, case studies, and evaluations—detailing the impact of Play Everywhere in communities. If given the chance to imagine a bus stop as a playground, retrofitted with swings, drums, and benches, imagine what else communities can dream up to support kids in discovering their potential?