You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing.
What! Is it nothing to be happy?
Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long?
Never in his life will he be so busy again.
-Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile
Kids who engage in physical play are healthier and less likely to be overweight.
Kids who engage in physical play are smarter and better able to focus, particularly in math.
Kids who engage in physical play are happier, less stressed, more social, and better able to negotiate.
Want to help advocate for play?
KaBOOM! is looking for parents committed to getting their kids outside and playing this summer to participate in the Park-A-Day Summer Challenge.
As part of the challenge, you will be asked to:
- Take your children to as many local parks, playgrounds, or other public playspaces this summer as you can. (No, you do not need to visit a park every day. But if it works for your schedule, you can try!)
- Add and/or review each playspace on the KaBOOM! Map of Play.
- Swap stories and advice with other Summer Challengers in the Park-A-Day Summer Challenge Discussion Group.
By participating, not only does your family reap the (plentiful, varied, and important) benefits of outdoor active time, but you help spread the word about the power of play. By adding playgrounds and playspaces to the database, you help other parents find hidden gems in their community or while traveling. And by rating the amenities and condition of each space, you help highlight where attention is needed to keep playspaces safe and fun.
Today is the first official day of summer vacation for my family, and I can’t wait to GET OUT & PLAY!!
Join us in signing up for the Park-A-Day Summer Challenge.
C’mon, YOU KNOW YOU WANNA.
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Their mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Ultimately, they envision a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
To date, KaBOOM! has built over 1,900 playgrounds, saving play for over 3.5 million children.