Let’s Play America is a nonprofit organization that strives to encourage people of all ages to play and helps them create playful events in their own communities. Children and adults need and deserve fun and free play.
Play has the potential to improve physical health, mental health and a sense of well-being. It can also forge stronger ties between diverse community members. Let's Play America works to create communities where people of all ages can safely enjoy outdoor and indoor play as a regular part of their lives.
Let’s Play America’s vision is to promote play first in Takoma Park, Maryland and then regionally, and nationally by gaining resources of funding so that there will be interns all over America doing what we do here; planning and implement play days, close streets to play and join already organized events by adding play.
Let's Play America's values include ethnic, generational and racial inclusiveness, kindness, playfulness, compassion, community, volunteerism, mentoring, partnering,
Let’s Play America was founded in January 2015 by Pat Rumbaugh (“The Play Lady”) and Daniel Nakamura to encourage people of all ages to give themselves time daily to play. Read more about Pat and Daniel.
Pat laid the foundation for the future creation of Let's Play America in March 2009, when she founded TakomaPlays! in Takoma Park, Maryland. This organization consisted of people who wanted to promote play in their community.
The group of play advocates met regularly and began to plan free play events. They also applied to the nonprofit KaBOOM and succeeded in having Takoma Park designated as a Playful City USA in 2009. Takoma Park has been named a Playful City every year since.
Pat’s work with TakomaPlays! led her to believe that communities all over America would benefit from developing similar organizations. She and Daniel decided to co-found Let’s Play America to bring this vision to communities throughout the country (and possibly even the world!).
TakomaPlays! became part of the larger organization Let's Play America when it was formed and serves as a model of what other communities do to promote play. Learn more about how you can create a play group in your community.
Let’s Play America is incorporated in the state of Maryland and has 501©(3) tax-exempt status.