KaBOOM!, the nonprofit that builds great
playgrounds around the country, has 118 cities and towns as 2010
Playful City USA communities. The national recognition program
honors cities and towns that are committed to encouraging kids to
Families traveling on a budget know just how important a good
park is. Whether you're on a road trip and the kids need some time
out of the car seats or you're visiting Grandma's and the kids need
to get out of the house or you want to explore a new city without
breaking the bank, finding free things to do when you travel is key.
Illinois scored only two towns in the top 118-Columbia, south of
St. Louis, and Yorkville, near Oswego in Kendall County. Florida
has 19 Playful City USA communities; Arizona and California had 10
The communities are:
Baldwin Park, Calif.
Bel Aire, Kan.
Casa Grande, Ariz.
Chevy Chase, Md.
College Park, Ga.
Commerce City, Colo.
Coral Gables, Fla.
East Point, Ga.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Fountain Hills, Az.
Grand Prairie, Texas
Green River, Wyo.
Horn Lake, Miss.
La Mesa, Calif.
Lake Worth, Fla.
Las Cruces, N.M.
Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
Mercer Island, Wash.
Miami Gardens, Fla.
Miami Lakes, Fla.
Mount Juliet, Tenn.
New Port Richey, Fla.
New Roads, La.
New York City, N.Y.
Niagara Falls, N.Y.
North Port, Fla.
Oak Park Heights, Minn.
Palm Bay, Fla.
Palmetto Bay, Fla.
Redwood City, Calif.
Richmond Hill, Ga.
Rock Hill, S.C.
Safety Harbor, Fla.
Saint Paul, Minn.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
San Antonio, Texas
San Francisco, Calif.
Takoma Park, Md.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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