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 with Year 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 and our photo gallery 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. 2017 is about our PlayMobile and expanding our reach and impact. 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!