Pat's fall column, ask the play lady

AARP features let's play america

Let’s Play America received some wonderful news from AARP. Let’s Play America and Takoma Park are featured in the 2017 Edition of Nancy LeaMond’s book, WHERE WE LIVE: Communities For All Ages 100 + Inspiring Ideas From Community Leaders.

You can order a free print edition of Where We Live at

Takoma park newsletter, September 2017

The Play Lady Documentary July 2017

WTOP, "Every Day is Kid's Day"

Play and Playground Magazine, Summer 2017, "Ask the play lady"

Takoma Park Newsletter, June 2017

Play Talk at US PLAY COalition Conference, 2017

Takoma Park City TV, Mid-winter Play Day

PlayGrounding Podcast

Playing, Fitness for Children, and Healthy Eating Go Hand in Hand March 2017

Takoma Park Newsletter, April 2017

LPA volunteers appeared on the front page of the Takoma Park newsletter.

Bring Back Free Play April 2017

The Play Lady to Give PLAYtalk “Is Your Community Designed For Play?” April 2017

Genius of Play US Play Coalition Sweepstakes Award

We will receive $250 for closing a street to play in a low income neighborhood. Date, Time, and Location TBA.

Takoma Park radio interview of pat, meet your neighbor

Play and Playground Magazine, Spring 2017

Pat's first column in The Play and Playground Magazine called Ask The Play Lady. The website for the magazine is

Takoma Voice - Seventh Annual Mid-winter Play Day, 2017



Play and Playground Magazine - Ready to Get Wet?

aarp interview

Genius of Play

Moral Landscapes Blog, Psychology Today, 2015/2016

Start a Play Club in Your School

Inter-Generational Games Night

The Play Lady Tells Us How to Become Play-ers

Community Service: Teens Make Great Play Advocates

How to Start a Play Committee in Your Community

How to Plan a Play Day in Your Community

Pushing Play

Why Close a Street for Play

         The Benefits of Play Events in Your Community

Make Play Part of a Planned Community Event


NBC4 Video Clips, July 24, 2015

Play BBQ Introduction

Play BBQ Hula-hoop

Play BBQ T-Ball

Play BBQ Tennis

Play BBQ Food

Play BBQ Closing

Washington Post Express, July 16, 2015

The play lady gets Bulletin Boards Installed at city parks! july 2015

WTOP, May 2015

Gaithersburg Book Festival, 2015


American Association for the Child's Right to Play - Members' News Blast



Washington Post - Opinion Piece on Play

Play to be in style at annual Takoma Park Independence Day Parade


Takoma Park TV 2013 Play DAy Video

May 2013 VOA Article- 'Play Lady' Encourages Everyone to Play

Washington Post - Local Living Feature

About Families Book Review - March 2013 Issue

Let’s Play at the Playground!                                                                                                                                                            By Pat Rumbaugh, The Play Lady                                                                                                                                     Community Voice Media, LLC                                                                                                                                                   Picture Book $11.95                                                                                                                                                                   Rating ****

Young children love books about kids their age doing things they like to do. Let’s Play at the Playground is a wonderful example of how the combination of simple text and beautiful action photographs can portray a wonderful message. Playing is fun!

Now more than ever it is important to encourage kids to get out and play and this book does that.  “By the time I finish reading this book at our library’s Circle Time, the kids are all revved up to run outside and play. It’s thrilling to see how this book inspires kids to get up and get moving.” 

Karen MacPherson                                                                                                                                                               Children’s & Youth Services Coordinator,                                                                                                                                           Takoma Park Maryland Library

Author, Pat Rumbaugh is a leading proponent of the importance of play in all of our lives. She was a physical education teacher at the Washington International School for more than 25 years. In 2009 the Washington post named her “All-Met Tennis Coach of the Year.


Come out and play on Zip Code Day 2/09/12


The Play Lady Documentary


Residents Enjoy Mid-Winter Play Day

Takoma Park Mid Winter Play to Hit the Stage Saturday

Washington parent September 2011- One Woman's Commitment to Children

TAKOMA VOICE OCTOBER 2011- From “Touch a Truck” to Four Square at the 3rd Annual Play Day



For Takoma park kids, the playing's the thing

October 2010 September Play Day



The Gazette July 2009- Passion for recreation earns Takoma Park ‘Playful City' designation

Sometimes, students have to relearn how to play

City committee emphasizes the importance of play

Takoma Park Newsletter, November 2009

Takoma Park Newsletter, June 2009 (page 3 plays the thing)