Planet Play incorporated as a nonprofit in Kansas in late 2012, did our feasibility and business planning in 2013, and received our 501(c)(3) in spring of 2014. In August 2014, we were awarded an Imagination Playground and Play Associate Training in a nationwide contest. In January 2015, a crowdfunding campaign raised over $11,000 to support development of our Pop-Up Play Lab.
Planet Play launched our programming withYear of Play 2015 to bring monthly “pop-up play” events to many young children and their families across Greater Kansas City. Check out our video to see what Year of Play was all about! Our focus for Year of Play was reaching communities with economic need and little previous access to safe, accessible, creative play experiences for families. We reached our goal for Year of Play by offering our pop-up events in 12 diverse KC communities in 2015, nine of which were communities of economic need. Half of our Year of Play 2015 events were in Missouri, and the other half in Kansas. We reached over 1,100 children and adults in Year of Play 2015.
In 2016, we launched play everywhere, for everyone and joined our partners in the Early Learning Hub. In 2017, we reached over 1,000 young children and adults with our mobile play experiences at multiple events across Greater Kansas City, on both sides of the state line. Over 950 of those children and adults were from communities of economic need with little previous access to creative play and learning experiences. We expanded our mobile play materials to offer a deeper experience, thanks to generous support from KC CAN! We increased our capacity for reaching communities throughout the Kansas City metro area with the purchase of our cargo van, the PlayMobile. We launched Partners in Play, a new program that brings our play and learning experiences to parent-child playgroups of our partners Start at Zero and Family Conservancy.
In 2018, Planet Play:
- REACHED 1,362 kids and adults with our PlayMobile programs
- OFFERED 15 play and learning programs across metro Kansas City
- PARTNERED with Start at Zero and Family Conservancy to bring our play and learning experiences to Linwood YMCA, Turn the Page KC’s Early Learning Hub, and Scuola Vita Nuova
- CELEBRATED two inspiring milestones – our 50th program and 4th year of Planet Play impact
- OPENED our first prototype Pop-Up Play Lab at 5508 Troost!
We remain committed to bringing play everywhere, for everyone, especially children and families with the fewest opportunities and the greatest needs.
Let’s play, KC!