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Throughout the year, Imagination Playground holds special Learn & Play Dates at leading children’s museums and organizations in key cities across the U.S. Join us at any of these events or find a location to start building on the map above!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,100 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country.
KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS) is a collaboration between the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and is funded by a grant from the Administration for Children and Families.
Imagination Playground has been selected as one of 28 play space-related resources for inclusion in its 2011 HSBS Preferred Vendor Catalog.
Children’s museums are places where children learn through play and exploration in environments designed just for them. The Association of Children’s Museums provides leadership, professional development and resources for its member organizations and individuals.
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation operates more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 48 recreational facilities, and 17 nature centers. It is New York City’s principal provider of recreational and athletic facilities and programs; and is home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.
Play Direct UK.com offers outdoor learning and school grounds equipment to make playtime more active, challenging and above all fun.
The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. At present the Alliance is working to restore play to all children, both in school and out-of-school.
The Children’s Environments Research Group (CERG), links university scholarship with the development of policies, environments and programs to fulfill children’s’ rights and improve the quality of their lives.
The New York Coalition for Play is a partnership of organizations and individuals committed to improving opportunities for freely chosen, unstructured, and child-directed play in the New York metropolitan area. NYCPlay works to preserve and enhance the birthright of all children to have time and space for play through the activities of its partners and programs.
Videatives implements its mission to make children’s thinking visible through the use of text with supporting short video clips that can be downloaded or streamed from the internet.