Greetings from TakomaPlays!

TakomaPlays! works towards a community where young and old safely enjoy outdoor and indoor play as a regular part of their lives. Such play will increase physical health, mental health and a sense of well-being -- all the while forging stronger ties between diverse community members

Let's Play Takoma is under the leadership of the nonprofit LPA's mission is to encourage people of all ages to play by helping them create playful events in their OWN communities.

See Samantha Dean's article in the Washington Post Express, July 16, 2015.   This article can also be found in the Press Coverage section of the web site from the menu on the left side of the web page.

Upcoming Events --

NBC4 Weatherman Doug Kammerer recently asked people to contact him for people to host a cookout while he gives the weather. Well, guess what he loved the idea to have a Playful Cookout. If you would like to come let me know by email in the next week. Please, include food and/or drink you will be bringing to share, how many people will be coming and if you can help with set-up, playtime or clean-up. (In support of this cookout, parking enforcement on Maple Ave will be suspended on this day.) 

Playful Cookout with NBC4 (Rain or shine)
When: Friday, July 24 Set-up 2:00-4:00pm, Playtime & Eating 4:00-7:00pm, Clean-up 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Pat & Tom Rumbaugh's Yard 7301 Maple Avenue
Why: Everyone deserves to play & have fun at a cookout
What to bring: Food and/or drink to share, (cups, plates, & utensils for your family) 
What to wear: Takoma Park T-shirts & play clothes
Who to RSVP to: Pat,

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 4 6-9pm
Piney Branch Elementary School will be bringing
Play equipment to promote play

7th Annual Play Day
Saturday, September 26 10am-2pm
Volunteers 8am-4pm
Piney Branch Elementary School

Halloween Play Event
October 31 6-9pm
Play a game, Win a treat
7301 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park

Playing in the Leaves
Date & Time TBA

Playing in the Snow
Date & Time TBA

Past Events

5th Annual Mid-Winter Play Day, Sunday, Feb 8, 2015, 1 pm to 4 pm, in the
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, 20912.
 Flyer (please print the flyer and hand a copies to your neighbors)

(Volunteers may arrive at noon and stay till 5pm at the Community Center foyer. )

Let's Play Takoma is under the leadership of the nonprofit LPA's mission is to encourage people of all ages to play by helping them create playful events in their OWN communities.

Residents and nonresidents are welcome to contact Pat Rumbaugh, The Play Lady if they would like to hold a play event. 301-928-9962

Heritage Building and Renovation helps us promote play by transporting our play equipment to and from our storage area to our play events. They have helped us promote play for several play events. We are thankful for this local businesses for their kind help and support. 

Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op supports play by providing healthy drinks and snacks for our Play Days.

Let's Play Takoma
Splash & Play Pool Party
When: Saturday, January 3, 2015, 2-4pm
Where: Piney Branch Elementary School Indoor Pool 7610 Maple Avenue Takoma Park, MD 20012
Why: So people of all ages can start the New Year playing
Teens and adults who enjoy swimming are encouraged to volunteer to assist children and seniors.
Water Aerobics will be offered during this time.
For more information contact Pat Rumbaugh

In October, 2014, Pat Rumbaugh was chosen on as  Featured Play Advocate by the International Play Association.  See their news story here. 

If you're interested in promoting play, check out the resources on the Playground Professionals web site.
Pat Rumbaugh recently contributed this blog post to this web site.

Heritage Building and Renovation and Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op helped us promote play. Heritage transported the Takoma Plays Collection to and from Play Day. The Co-op gave out FREE healthy snacks and drinks at Play Day. Thank you for helping us promote play.

Takoma Plays is very proud to partner with the City of Takoma Park Recreation Department to bring you this year's Play Day event. 

Back by popular demand:

There will also be the following activities: Touch-A-Truck, Making Mud Pies, Just Boxes, Dress-up, Bingo, Board Games, hopscotch, corn hole, giant chess, giant connect four, croquet, badminton, bocci, Yoga and four square.

Takoma Plays on CNN's iReport - submitted by our own John Pitt. 

We're very lucky to have a return of the very popular Junior Tennis Champions Center volunteer tennis
teachers (with sponge balls, too) for the upcoming annual Play Day on September 27, 2014, in Takoma Park. 

Pat Rumbaugh will be promoting play at a Playful Adventure in Capon Springs, West Virginia,
in early September, 2014.   Further information here. 

Takoma Park Declared a Playful City -- 6th year in a row!

See Pat Rumbaugh talking at TEDxNavesink, in New Jersey, May, 2014

YouTube Video

(Please print to share with friends and those who are not online.)

See Pat Rumbaugh talking at TEDxLizardCreek, in North Carolina.

YouTube Video

Upcoming Events

Join us to PLAY & PROMOTE PLAY in Takoma Park

Sixth Annual Play Day
-Saturday, September 27, 2014
-10am-2pm, Takoma Park Middle School,
7611 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

9:30-10:30  Takoma Park Community Band sets up and practices and plays till 10:30
1:50-2:00 Senator Raskin leading Simon Says

And the return of the very popular Junior Tennis Champions Center volunteer tennis
teachers (with sponge balls, too.) 

-Volunteers of all ages are welcome to assist with this Play Day event.

Close your STREET to PLAY
-Contact Pat


Takoma Park's 4th Annual Mid Winter Play Day (Flier) 
Sunday February 9, 2014 2-4pm
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912

The 8 Ball Band will be featured in the auditorium. This fun FREE event is for people of all ages. There will be several activities people can play. For more information visit You may call Pat Rumbaugh, The Play Lady if you have any questions 301-928-9962. Come play with us!

Ashley from Sky House Yoga will be joining us for the second year in a row. She is a fabulous yoga instructor who has her own studio. We are so fortunate to have her share her talents. Bring a yoga mat if you like or just stop in the dance room and join in on the relaxing experience.

The Girl Scouts will offer a room filled with "Random Acts of Play" this event sounds so interested I can't wait to join them for some exciting play activities.

Back by popular demand:
-Balloon Game, Kay Daniels-Cohen brought us this carefree event last year and it was so popular it is back.
-Board Games, Do we have someone that wants to lead this event?
-Dress-up with the Dress-up Lady
-Face Painting with Becca and others
-Game Room, Join Colleen and Jane for pool and table tennis.
-Giant Chess with the "Queen," the "King" may be missing, anyone want to substitute?


Check out the videos of Takoma Plays summer Pool Party  and the very successful Play Day 2013 event. 

Heritage Building and Renovation is a devoted supporter of Takoma Plays. Visit their web site at

Grateful thanks to Jeanne Ha at Park Florist, on Laurel Ave, for donating the helium balloons for this year's Play Day. (Three cheers for Kay Daniels-Cohen for running the balloons activity.)

Volunteers for all our events should contact 

Check out this lovely video on the AARP web site about the value of play -- with our own Pat Rumbaugh explaining the value of play.

You can help to spread the word about upcoming Takoma Plays events (2013) with this flyer (RTF format) and (PDF format) designed by Dean Paris. Do your part for play by printing this flyer and giving copies to 3, 5 or 12 families who might enjoy a Takoma Plays event. 

On Sunday April 7, 2013, from 3 pm -5 pm we closed Spruce Street in Takoma Park, MD to play in the street.  See the Voice of American Coverage

Check out the wonderful article, Making Time for Play in Takoma Park, by Vicky Hallett, of the Washington Post. 

Mid Winter Play Day, 2013 a GREAT success!
Download, print and see the flyer for the Mid-Winter Play Day from Feb 7, 2013.  See photos  on the "Takoma Park Play Day-Sights and Sounds" link on the left side menu..


Pat Rumbaught aka "The Play Lady" will be speaking at the on Tuesday February 19, 2013. And on March 8, 2013, she will present at

Coming in Mid March The Play Lady's children book "Let's Play at the Playground." See what Karen MacPherson Children's Youth Service Coordinator from Takoma Park Maryland Library says, "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." information about book signings and purchasing the book will be on the website in the next few weeks.

Fifth Annual Play Day announced - this free event will take place Saturday, Sept 28, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm at Takoma Park Middle School

At this event we will be honoring Lee Jordan. The field is named after him and a plaque is being made in his honor. Howard and Diana Kohn who work miracles have made this happen.

Our 2012 Play Day was a huge success.  Relive the magic of that day in this beautifully produced video created by the Takoma Park City TV. Note - to view this video in its highest quality, click on the word "YouTube" at the bottom right of the video screen below. Then click on the small icon that looks like a flower (or gear) and choose 1080p quality.

Maryland Senate Resolution Recognizing Pat Rumbaugh 
Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, himself a play advocate and a resident of Takoma Park, introduced a resolution to the Maryland State Senate to recognize Takoma Plays founder Pat Rumbaugh for her leadership role in promoting play here in our town and nationally. The resolution was unanimously approved and can be viewed here.

Mid Winter Play Day was a great success- February 7, 2013, from 6 pm to 8 pm  see link

Also, check out Jay Keller's amazing photos of Play Day 2012.  These photos look particularly nice on a large LCD monitor.

Play Day 2012 was September 22nd at 10 - 1 pm Takoma Park Middle School

See our beautiful flyer for Play Day 2012

September will bring our fourth annual Play Day! Many popular activities will return including: Simon Says with Takoma Park's own Senator Jamie Raskin, Just Boxes, Face Painting, Tennis, Touch a Truck, Zumba and Dress Up. Musical performances will include the return of the Takoma Park Community Band, plus Anna Grace and Joe Uehlein, a Violin Ensemble from the Keri Tomenko Violin Studio, and the Scrub Pines.

Also new this year will be Imagination Playground (provided by Rolling Terrace Elementary School), an Obstacle Course, an oil painting demonstration by Takoma Park artist Jamie Combs, a giant Chess Set, and Skate Boarding Demonstrations in Takoma Piney Branch Park.

 We need volunteers and would like to see 100 teen volunteers earning Student Service Hours! To volunteer, contact Pat Rumbaugh,

To see additional details (e.g., Free Parking and additional activities), please click the link for our flyer above, or select 'Upcoming Events 2012' from the menu on the left. Upcoming Events also has a schedule of Play Day performances.

We are very grateful to our co-sponsor the Takoma Park Recreation Department, as well as all of our participants and volunteers. A special thanks to Paris Design ( for the Play Day flyer, and Shampoo for the use of their window to publicize this event. Other generous sponsors include Fair Days Play, Meg Finn, Now and Then, Ace Hardware, and Mark's Kitchen. We couldn't do it without you!


 Check out our new Guide to Playgrounds! 

The Guide to Playgrounds, beautifully designed by, can now be downloaded and printed from our web site. You can also find copies of this brochure in our local library and community center building.


The Play Lady- Docs in Progress
Check out this wonderful short video about Pat Rumbaugh, the founder of Takoma Plays! 

YouTube Video

We are looking for playful teens and adults to help with computer skills, assist with play events and share their playful skills. Teens can receive student service hours.                                   
TakomaPlays! honored with President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition Award

This award is given annually to individuals/groups who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs. This year, the President’s Council presented the Community Leadership Award to 47 individuals/groups across the country.

“It is our pleasure to present this award to TakomaPlays!,” says Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.  "Groups like TakomaPlays! are working tirelessly to encourage physical activity and proper nutrition to positively impact the health of their communities. Together we are all working to make our nation a healthier one.”

Takoma Park was renamed A Playful City USA by KaBOOM for the fourth year in a row! Go to to see us listed as one of the 213 playful cities in the US. 

How was the 2011 Mid Winter Play Day?

The 2011 Mid Winter Play Day was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who showed up to make it great -- especially the devoted volunteers.

See some video clips from the event from the Sights and Sounds link on the menu at the left.

Grateful thanks to Wendy Lanxner, her guitar students and flute players, who were amazing in our auditorium.

John Love did a superb job with laughing yoga.

And all this was made possible by our sponsors, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Food Coop, and Community Printing.  Please remember to thank them the next time you visit their stores.

The City of Takoma Park Recreation Department was our stalwart partner in this event. 

Think about what you can do to help out at our September, 2012, Play Day.

See the 2/6 article in the Washington Post's KidsPost ! about our Mid Winter Play Day.

See the Patch notice about the Play Day

  Stay informed about upcoming Takoma Plays! events via our new announcements-only email list, hosted at Yahoogroups. 

Washington Post photo essay of Play Day 2011.
  (Shown after a short commercial.)

Gazette article  'For the love of play in Takoma Park' by the "Play Lady", Pat Rumbaugh
   see the FOX News  playground video mentioned in the article

Takoma Plays had a table and a wonderful time at the National Night Out event, organized by the Takoma Park Police Department, on Tuesday, August 2, 2011.  Children played corn hole and hula hoops. Check out the nice photos taken by Jay Keller and uploaded to Picasa Webalbums.

Our Dinosaur Dig event was a huge success. You can view photos on our Google Picasa Webalbum for this event. (Click on Slideshow to at the top left to see the photos presented in succession.)

Takoma Park Intergenerational Strategy Games Club - at Victory Tower, on Carroll Ave.
Year round every Tuesday evening (thanks John Goon!)

And at the same time and location, the Takoma Tuesday Bridge Club.