Let’s Play America was founded by Pat Rumbaugh (“The Play Lady”) and Daniel Nakamura in January 2015.


Pat Rumbaugh

Pat Rumbaugh is co-founder of Let’s Play America and is affectionately known by many as The Play Lady. She founded the organization TakomaPlays! in Takoma Park, Maryland, in March 2009. TakomaPlays! is now part of Let's Play America.

 “When I play, I am happy, energized and enthusiastic, and I feel like I can take on the world,” says Pat, who is a passionate play advocate and encourages people of all ages to experience the benefits of playing.

Pat was a physical education teacher and coach at the Washington International School for more than 25 years.  In 2009, she was named “All-Met Girls Tennis Coach of the Year” by the Washington Post.


Daniel Nakamura

Daniel is co-founder of Let’s Play America and owns Booth-o-Rama Photobooths, which serves the Washington Metro Region.

Daniel loves to document kids in action and promotes play through his photography.  He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Erin and daughters Emily and Natalie.