One of my favorite things about our neighborhood is this great park we have within walking distance. It has a playground, a kiddie pool, a fishing spot, scenic walking paths and more! We are truly blessed to have such an awesome, free resource in our community and it is easy to overlook the fact that many people do not have a place like ours.
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit that is working towards building a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. KaBOOM!, exists to solve a problem: The Play Deficit.
The Play Deficit is an important problem, and it is imperative that we solve it to ensure our children have long, healthy, and happy lives. The decline of play is closely linked to:
- Childhood obesity
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, anxiety disorders and depression
- Violence and other behavioral problems
- Stunted social, cognitive, and creative development
- Lack of green spaces in cities and suburbs
- Fragmented communities
- Failing schools
KaBOOM! is currently holding a #ilovemyplayground photo contest on their facebook page. You can share a photo of your favorite playground and a story about your love for it for a chance to win great prizes!
Please head over to facebook & enter today! And don’t forget to get out & play!