The concept is simple: Kids should get outside and play. The execution, however, isn’t so easy. The combination of kids spending an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of the TV and computer, and the fact that almost 60 percent of all kids don’t have a playground within walking distance of their homes (that number rises to nearly 70 percent in low-income areas), adds up to some serious lack of outdoor playtime. Fortunately, there’s a group working to change that: KaBOOM! (That’s the name of the groupI wasn’t just channeling my inner comic book fan).
To help ensure that kids across the country get down to some serious playingand that they have the play spaces to do sothe national nonprofit KaBOOM! has launched its second annual KaBOOM! Play Days sponsored by Mott’s. KaBOOM! Play Days encourage communities to come together for fun activities and to improve their local parks and playgrounds. Now through September 26th, families can check out the Play Days websiteto find fun local events (there are over 1,500 Play Days registered nationwide). Just head to the website, enter your zip code and KaBoom!, you’ll find a participating playground nearby for you and the kids to enjoy some good old-fashioned play this weekend (and okay, yes, that last KaBoom! was totally mePOW!).
If you’re feeling more ambitious and want to host your own Play Day, you can find tools to help self-organize, recruit volunteers, invite other people, and receive event-planning help at Kaboom.org. Plus, once the events are over, Play Day communities with the best improvement projects will be eligible to win one of several grants worth up to $10,000 to help further improve their local park or playground.