Playful Chicago Welcomes KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks
Chicago stands out as a continuing advocate for play as it hosts the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour powered by Disney Parks
The free event will take place Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Located in Lincoln Park, Grove 2 near Lincoln Park Zoo, the weekend will feature a play course with activities for families to enjoy together. Families will design their team flags and make their way through various games and team-building stations to build tunnels, solve puzzles, and play together. Once they have finished, they can enjoy the imagination play zone and explore family volunteering opportunities.
Chicago, also host of the 2014 Playful City USA Leaders Summit
“We are thrilled to work with Disney once again and provide another creative way in which families can spend meaningful and playful bonding time together. The city of Chicago is an impressive leader in playability, and we are eager to collaborate with them for this tour,” said KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond. “At KaBOOM!, we advocate for the balanced and active play kids need to thrive, and are excited to present this unique opportunity for families.”
While there is no doubt to the importance of quality family time, research supported by Disney Parks and completed by the Search Institute and Center for Childhood Creativity has underscored the powerful influence that spending meaningful time together has on a child’s success in school and involvement in their community.
"For nearly 60 years, we’ve made our mark creating places where families can connect and spend meaningful time together,” said Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs. "Through our work with KaBOOM!, we are able to bring that expertise to communities around the country to help nurture, inspire, and empower kids and families."
To reserve a time slot, families can visit kaboom.org/playtogether
See family stories, highlights, and surprises from this summer’s KaBOOM! Play Together Tour by following KaBOOM! on Facebookand Twitter and join the conversation using #playfulfamily. Read more about the research complied by the Search Institute and Center for Childhood Creativity at DisneyDiscoverTogether.com.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children’s lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act
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