HEALTHY LEARNING PATHS AWARDED $15,930 GRANT FOR IMAGINATION PLAYGROUND IN A CART™ PLAY SYSTEM FROM TARGET AND NATIONAL NON-PROFIT KaBOOM!

WESTMINSTER, CO, Feb. 7, 2017 – Target and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded

Healthy Learning Paths a $15,930 grant to use toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cart™, an innovative playground equipment system.

KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve through play, is working with Target to increase access to play across the country. Grants for Imagination Playgrounds are helping to achieve that goal by bringing active play to more than 430,000 kids across the country.

Imagination Playground in a Cart™ is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination PlaygroundTM provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination.

“Play is power.  Active play is the power for children to learn, communicate, problem solve, and create.  Child-led play is a key factor in the health and healthy development of all children.  The best way for children to learn the benefits of play is through experience,” explains Dr. Chris Marchioni, family physician and executive director of Healthy Learning Paths.  “We are thrilled to partner with KaBOOM and Target to spread the healthy power of play for children and families!”

Children learn the benefits of play through the Healthy Learning Kids program created by Healthy Learning Paths.  During this program, children experience how play keeps the brain, heart, and emotions healthy, happy, and ready to learn.  The partnership of KaBOOM, Target, and Healthy Learning Paths brings more play opportunities to children in poverty in the Denver metro area.  The Imagination Playground will be featured for the public to experience free on Sunday, April 9th, 2017, at the 8th annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K and Expo at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield.  Visit frankshorterrace4kids.com to register and for details.

Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to help make wellness more affordable, accessible and inspirational for its team members, guests and communities.