Play Everywhere Philly
photo: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia


Play Everywhere Philly

Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network (PLLAN) and KABOOM! are teaming up, with support from the William Penn Foundation, to transform 16 ordinary sites into playful learning spaces for communities across Philly. 


photo: Rhythm Babies, LLC
The Learning Goal

Play Everywhere Philly sites will promote adult-child interactions that support language and literacy. Community members will work with experts to design playful learning spaces that address the goals of local residents. Collaboration between the Play Everywhere team, community organizations, and residents will ensure that playful learning will be culturally relevant and meaningful to each area’s children.

photo: Community Design Collaborative
The Winners

16 sites were awarded funding for this project from 43 submitted ideas. The organizations and projects selected for this inaugural project were…

Belmont Commons

Belmont Alliance Civic Association

Belmont Commons project page

Chinatown PlayZa

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Chinatown PlayZa spotlight by KABOOM!

About PCDC

Clay, Play, Read

The Clay Studio

Clay, Play, Read project page

Discovering Sharswood

Habitat for Humanity &
Brewerytown Sharswood Neighborhood Coalition

Discovering Sharswood project page

About Habitat for Humanity

Everybody Plays Town Center

Nationalities Service Center of Philadelphia

About NSC

Frankford Waterworks

Frankford Community Development Corporation

About Frankford CDC

Gardens Abuzz at Corinthian Gardens

Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park

About Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park

Happy Feet

Rhythm Babies, LLC

About Rhythm Babies, LLC

Herencia Ancestral Interactive Mural

Puentes De Salud

About Puentes De Salud

Lil’ Philly Safety Village

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

Lil’ Philly Safety Village project page

Lucien E. Blackwell Playwalk

Philadelphia Housing Authority

About Philadelphia Housing Authority

Nature Saturdays

Center for Aquatic Sciences

About Center for Aquatic Sciences

Past Present Future Play

Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Past Present Future Play project page

About Philadelphia City Planning Commission

The Play District

People for People, Inc.

About People for People, Inc.

Play Mobile

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

About Philadelphia Parks and Recreation


Riverfront North Partnership

UnOrthodox project page

The Team

PLLAN joins KABOOM! and the Community Design Collaborative in providing technical assistance to support the community design process. The Temple Infant and Child Lab will gather information about how children and adults use these sites.


The Supporters

Play Everywhere Philly is funded by the William Penn Foundation.

photo: Riverfront North












photo: Frankford CDC