KaBOOM! Announces Let's Play Everywhere Challenge Winners

KaBOOM! recently announced the winners of the Let’s Play Everywhere Challenge. As part of the Challenge, 10 grantees in Allegheny County were selected to receive a combined total of $200,000 in prize funds. Trying Together is pleased to announce that the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative was a awarded one of these grants for The Neighborhood Play Stop Project. Learn more about it and the other grantees below.

 Challenge Winners

The Let’s Play Everywhere Challenge selected nine organizations as winners, with a total of ten ideas:

  1. Trying Together (Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative)

    • The Neighborhood Play Stop Project

  2. Glassport Community Outreach, Inc.

    • Families Will Go Gaga to Play GaGa

  3. Pittsburgh Fulton PTO

    • From Pittsburgh to Paris and Beyond!

  4. Garfield Jubilee Association, Inc.

    • James Sensory Park

  5. Grounded Strategies

    • MACS Discovery Walk

    • Race Me! Pitcairn Green Playce

  6. Community Forge

    • Number Mountain

  7. Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    • Ping Pong in the Plaza

  8. UniversalWit

    • Play! to End Blight

  9. Focus on Renewal

    • POW! (Place of Wonder)

The Neighborhood Play Stop Project

The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative’s initiative, The Neighborhood Play Stop Project, will reimagine existing spaces within Hazelwood by using play stops to encourage community engagement and playful interaction. These play stops may be featured in public spaces near businesses and civic locations such as grocery stores, green spaces,  fire stations, and more. Conversations are underway to identify the finalized play stop locations.

By placing play stops in spaces that are not typically associated with play, this project will prompt community members of all ages to rethink their daily routines. For children, it’s an opportunity for imaginative play. For adults, it may be a space where they can take a mental break and play chess or engage in a calming playful activity. Similar to the Little Free Library movement, these play stops will be stewarded by various entities (the businesses where they are located, Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative member organizations, interested community members, etc.).

A CLOSER LOOK

Each stop will be based upon the common concept of play and will have playful interactive parts that relate to the location and the party stewarding the installation. For example, a stop outside a grocery store may include play items such as plastic fruits and vegetables to “purchase,” paper and pencils to create grocery lists, and laminated sheets of information about grocery store products.  However, if a stop is located outside of a fire department, their play items may include play items such as firefighter helmets, a mini fire drill tower, and fire safety facts.

Each stop will include a chalkboard with permanently affixed prompts for participants to write their thoughts. Prompts may include statement starters such as “When I play outside I like to…” or “At the grocery store I can find these colors…”

About the Challenge

The Let’s Play Everywhere Challenge is a design competition that took place in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania—presented by Keurig Dr. Pepper and KaBOOM!—to develop innovative ideas for making play easy and available for kids and families. This challenge is about creating opportunities for free, unstructured, unplanned play to ensure that all kids, no matter where they come from or where they live, get the active play they need to thrive.

Learn More

To learn more about the challenge winners and their ideas, read KaBOOM’s post.