Planet Play Inc.
5508 Troost
Kansas City MO 64110
play everywhere, for everyone
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 481-4143
Mission Statement
Planet Play is about play everywhere, for everyone.
 
Planet Play brings creative play experiences to young children and their families in Greater Kansas City. We lead the play movement locally through accessible play and learning experiences, address a need that’s not currently met in our community and collaborate with partners that share our vision for a more playable Kansas City. Our innovative, sustainable model brings play to children where they are and helps the adults who care for them make play a part of their everyday lives.
 
Why? Kids need play. Seriously. 
Unstructured, child-directed play is how young children learn about their world and build the social and cognitive skills they need to become productive, happy adults. Play helps them develop critical thinking, communication, problem-solving and collaboration skills that form the foundation for a lifetime of success. Children become active, engaged and confident when they can laugh, explore, discover and imagine in unstructured play. Play makes learning happen naturally, joyfully and inexpensively – no batteries required.
 
Families and communities need play, too. 
Play builds close, involved families. Families grow stronger as they explore, imagine and create together. Shared play experiences foster inviting, safe, vibrant communities that come together to nurture children, support families and provide gathering places for all ages to experience the joy of play.
 
Over the past four years, we have accomplished our mission through our PlayMobile children's discovery experiences brought to family events in communities across the metro area. In the future, we plan to offer multiple, small, neighborhood "Play Lab" sites in diverse communities across Greater Kansas City. In December 2018, we opened our first prototype Pop-Up Play Lab at 5508 Troost in Kansas City, MO, in the heart of Kansas City's urban core. Let's play, KC!
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lauranne Hess
Board Chair Ms. Dana Patterson Nelson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Olathe Public Schools
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Give: Your tax-deductible gift at planetplay.org/support will bring play, happiness, and joy to kids – especially kids growing up without a safe place to play.
 
Sponsor: Your tax-deductible sponsorship will offset our operations costs so that we can keep our prices low and our experiences accessible to all families. Sponsor Family Passes for families in need, a Saturday or other day of play at 5508 Troost, or a new exhibit/experience. Contact us at connect@planetplay.org to find out more.
 
Host: Help us build our earned revenue so that we can keep our general admissions prices low to be accessible to all families. Host a private event at 5508 Troost or a mobile play event. Contact us at connect@planetplay.org to find out more.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Planet Play is about play everywhere, for everyone.
 
Planet Play brings creative play experiences to young children and their families in Greater Kansas City. We lead the play movement locally through accessible play and learning experiences, address a need that’s not currently met in our community and collaborate with partners that share our vision for a more playable Kansas City. Our innovative, sustainable model brings play to children where they are and helps the adults who care for them make play a part of their everyday lives.
 
Why? Kids need play. Seriously. 
Unstructured, child-directed play is how young children learn about their world and build the social and cognitive skills they need to become productive, happy adults. Play helps them develop critical thinking, communication, problem-solving and collaboration skills that form the foundation for a lifetime of success. Children become active, engaged and confident when they can laugh, explore, discover and imagine in unstructured play. Play makes learning happen naturally, joyfully and inexpensively – no batteries required.
 
Families and communities need play, too. 
Play builds close, involved families. Families grow stronger as they explore, imagine and create together. Shared play experiences foster inviting, safe, vibrant communities that come together to nurture children, support families and provide gathering places for all ages to experience the joy of play.
 
Over the past four years, we have accomplished our mission through our PlayMobile children's discovery experiences brought to family events in communities across the metro area. In the future, we plan to offer multiple, small, neighborhood "Play Lab" sites in diverse communities across Greater Kansas City. In December 2018, we opened our first prototype Pop-Up Play Lab at 5508 Troost in Kansas City, MO, in the heart of Kansas City's urban core. Let's play, KC!
Background Statement

All kids and families need to play and learn, and Greater Kansas City kids and families want more places to play and learn. Planet Play conducted surveys and focus groups in order to better understand the needs and interests of young children, ages 0-8, and their families. We reached families in diverse communities across KC, including the urban core. Caregivers overwhelmingly said they wanted more quality play and learning experiences to enjoy with their children, and they wanted those places in their local communities. Planet Play’s model of a network of community-based events and sites was designed to serve the needs of the growing KC metro region.

Planet Play incorporated as a nonprofit in Kansas in 2012, did our feasibility and business planning in 2013, and received our 501(c)(3) in spring of 2014. In August 2014, we were awarded an Imagination Playground in a nationwide contest. In January 2015, a crowdfunding campaign raised over $11,000 to support development of our PlayMobile experiences.

Over the past four years, we have accomplished our mission through our "PlayMobile" children's discovery experiences brought to family events in communities across the metro area. We’ve offered 51 one-day programs at community centers/events throughout the metro area, with 75% of our programs in communities with little previous access to safe play and learning experiences. So far, we’ve reached over 4,600 Kansas City kids and adults.

In the future, we plan to offer multiple, small, neighborhood "Play Lab" sites in diverse communities across Greater Kansas City. In December 2018, we opened our first prototype Pop-Up Play Lab at 5508 Troost in Kansas City, MO, in the heart of Kansas City's urban core.

We focus our Pop-Up Play Lab at 5508 Troost and our mobile programs on children and families in economic need that live in “play deserts” with limited access to safe, high-quality play and learning experiences. Our vision is for all children in Greater Kansas City to have safe places to build fundamental social, emotional and cognitive skills through play.

Impact Statement
In 2018, Planet Play reached 1,362 kids and adults with our PlayMobile programs; offered 15 play and learning programs across metro Kansas City; partnered with Start at Zero and Family Conservancy to bring our play and learning experiences to Linwood YMCA, Turn the Page KC’s Early Learning Hub, and Scuola Vita Nuova; celebrated two inspiring milestones – our 50th program and 4th year of Planet Play impact, and opened our first prototype Pop-Up Play Lab at 5508 Troost.
 
We remain committed to bringing play everywhere, for everyone, especially children and families with the fewest opportunities and the greatest needs.
Needs Statement

We are seeking support for the following:

  • Play Lab support to offset our operations costs so that we can keep our prices low and our experiences accessible to all families
  • PlayMobile program sponsorships to bring our traveling children's discovery play and learning programs to communities in economic need
  • Partners in Play program support to offer a second year of this successful program, expand our program partners to more parent-child playgroups, and continue our evaluation procedures to determine change over time in play behaviors and attitudes for families that participate in multiple sessions
  • Capacity support for our accounting and database management, staff salaries, and other general operating needs for Planet Play to grow and thrive
Service Categories
Children's Museums
Educational Services
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Kids, families, and communities need play. But these days, play is in decline. Since the 1970s, kids have lost 12 hours of free time per week and experienced a 50% decrease in time for unstructured play. Why? Screen time has replaced free play time. Structured activities, like sports and lessons, gobble up more free play time. Parents prioritize academics, even for little ones, with the best of intentions but not the best outcomes for children. Growing safety concerns and limited access to safe play spaces have made parents fearful of letting the kids go out to play, especially in low-income neighborhoods.
 
And grown-ups don’t get it. Parents and other adults aren’t aware of the importance of play, so don’t value, support or make time for it in their children’s lives. Or sometimes, even know how.
 
Planet Play is here to help! Our model is grounded in research and learning best-practices. It’s flexible, sustainable and responsive to the expressed needs of families in our community. It is developed by experts with 50+ combined years in both formal (school) and informal (museum, exhibits, activities) education who are leading the play and learning movement in Kansas City. It’s mobile, taking play to the people. And we “play it forward” by educating parents and caregivers about the “whys” and “hows” of play so they can incorporate play and its benefits into the family’s everyday life.
 
Planet Play:
  • Achieves learning objectives through play for children birth to eight years old and their immediate families.
  • Lets children explore and design their own play experiences, enabled by developmentally appropriate play materials and encouraged – but not directed – by trained “funstigator” staff.
  • Fosters confidence and interest in learning through active exploration, physical activities, role-playing and problem-solving, which promotes creative, physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills.
  • Brings play to the people, not the reverse. With its flexibility, low overhead, and community focus, Planet Play is sustainable and responsive to the expressed needs of families in our community.
  • Is led by educators and nonprofit professionals in early childhood development and both formal (early childhood, elementary, and secondary school education) and informal (museum and exhibit) learning environments, as well as experts in all aspects of operation.
  • Leads the play movement and offers thought leadership on play and play research in the Kansas City area.
Programs
Description

Planet Play brings our traveling PlayMobile with our children's discovery play experiences to communities across Greater Kansas City by offering partner programs with nonprofit organizations that work with children and families in economic need. These programs are sponsored by individuals, foundations, and corporations who wish to join us in reaching communities with the fewest opportunities and the greatest needs.

The experience is directed by the child, not the adults or the equipment. Materials enable imaginative, creative play. Adult “funstigators” enable the child’s own choices for free play and engage caregivers in learning how to extend unstructured play experiences in everyday life.

Over the past four years, we've offered 51 one-day “PlayMobile” programs at community centers/events throughout the metro area, with 75% of our programs in communities with little previous access to safe play and learning experiences. So far, we’ve reached over 4,600 Kansas City kids and adults.

Program Budget $17,500.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Children and families that participate in our PlayMobile programs learn and play through these core experiences:
  • Create: Children design and construct with supersized shapes, building and testing different structures.
  • Discover: Children explore, question and follow their curiosity to build early science and engineering interest and confidence.
  • Imagine: Children express creativity and imagination with costumes and props, taking on roles and engaging in symbolic “pretend” play.
 
Planet Play’s creative play materials let children explore and design their own play experience. When play is fun and child-directed, children want to play and learn.
Long-Term Success For children, our goal is to increase access to high-quality, open-ended, child-directed, free-play informal educational experiences with clear physical, social, and emotional benefits. For parents, our goal is to positively impact parents’ attitudes towards their children’s learning, specifically through play, and impact the role that parents play in their children’s learning/education. For youth/teens, our goal is to provide leadership opportunities in education/play facilitation for area youth as "play facilitator" staff at events.
Program Success Monitored By
Planet Play experiences are firmly grounded in proven research of family learning, play experiences for young children, and human development. Formative evaluation with target audience groups enables us to test and improve our experiences. As we offer our PlayMobile and Play Lab, we are prototyping, evaluating and refining our experiences. We are creating and using observation and visitor reaction data collection instruments to evaluate the effectiveness of our experiences.
 
Another indicator of success is the number of partners we work with to reach the communities they serve. Planet Play has partnered with the following organizations to offer our programs to their communities:
  • Family Conservancy
  • Turn the Page KC
  • Linwood YMCA
  • Genesis School
  • Paseo Baptist Church
  • Notre Dame de Sion School
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe School
  • Rosehill Development Association
  • Gladstone Community Center
  • Westview Elementary School in Olathe
  • Spring Hill Parks and Recreation
  • Hope Leadership Academy
  • St. Mark Child and Family Development Center - United Inner City Services
  • Start at Zero
Examples of Program Success
Katrina Ball at The Family Conservancy said, “The Family Conservancy was able to partner with Planet Play through 4 family engagement events. The first 3 events, held at low income housing complexes in Wyandotte County, reached over 130 children and parents. Talk, Read, Play was the focus of the events which Planet Play assisted in actively engaging the parents and children together in creative play and conversation. One parent said, ‘The children don’t normally play nice together but they are tonight.” Another said, ‘My son has a hard time relating to other kids,’ but he was involved the entire time and the last child to leave. The 4th event held at Paseo Baptist Church engaged several unique family units and cultures. A grandfather built a house with his granddaughter then read a book in the house they built. Another young girl attended with her mother and grandmother who spoke little English and enjoyed the opportunity to play together in a relaxed, inviting environment.”
Description
In the future, Planet Play plans to offer multiple, small, neighborhood "Play Lab" sites in diverse communities across Greater Kansas City. We opened our first prototype Pop-Up Play Lab in donated space at 5508 Troost in Kansas City, MO in December 2018. Now families in and around the Troost Corridor - previously a "play desert" area with very limited access to play and learning opportunities - are able to come play and learn in their own community. We offer open play days for families and discounted admission for low-income families.
 
Our Play Lab at 5508 Troost gives local residents and surrounding communities a friendly, flexible, accessible place for young children and the adults who care for them to play and learn together. The Play Lab at 5508 Troost offers an opportunity to reach children in low-income communities with a safe place to build fundamental social, emotional and cognitive skills through play.
Program Budget $92,425.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Children who return to the Play Lab for repeated visits will exhibit higher levels of Cooperative Play. At the Cooperative Play stage, children truly start playing together. They work together to decide and achieve common goals. They communicate, share ideas, and listen to the ideas of others. They expand their emotional, social, and cognitive abilities. Cooperative Play gets children ready for school and for life.
 
Children who return to the Play Lab for repeated visits will exhibit more complex play behaviors (Constructive Play and Dramatic/Fantasy/Pretend play). Building with blocks, exploring ramps, and making structures are all forms of Constructive Play. Children discover how to fit things together and solve problems, setting the stage for later math and science learning. Dramatic or Fantasy Play is when children pretend that they are someone else or somewhere else and that objects are something else. Children develop and use their imagination, and they learn how to take turns, cooperate, share and communicate. All these skills will help them be ready to read and learn in school, become more creative, and interact with their communities.
Long-Term Success
Kansas City will become a more playable community. Leaders and community members from every sector in Greater KC will work together to transform spaces into centers of activity, inspiration, and discovery—and in the process, to change minds and habits.
 
All families deserve to live in a safe community with abundant opportunities to learn through play, but we currently have inequitable distribution of services, resources, and opportunities for low-income families. Planet Play will inspire opportunities for play for all children, families, and communities.
Program Success Monitored By
Planet Play designed and conducted evaluation instruments/procedures to determine impact on play behaviors and attitudes for families that participated in our Partners in Play events. We designed an observation instrument to collect quantitative data on stages of play, parent-child play interactions, social interactions and collaborative play between children, and complexity of play. We also designed a caregiver survey to determine impact on play behaviors and attitudes for families that we have reached in multiple sessions, barriers to play in families and communities, changes in play opportunities across generations, and community needs to facilitate play opportunities.
 
We are implementing the observation instrument and caregiver survey in our Play Lab.
Examples of Program Success Taylor Kennedy, Operations Coordinator at KaBOOM!, said, “At KaBOOM!, we strive to prioritize balanced and active play for all kids to thrive and become healthy adults, especially those living in poverty in the United States. Planet Play exemplifies our mission by bringing play opportunities to the communities in Kansas City and putting play in the forefront of the minds of city decision makers and parents. We are ecstatic to partner with them on multiple initiatives, such as our Creative Play mobile products. We look forward to expanding our partnership and highlighting the great work this organization does for the kids and families of Kansas City.”
Description
In 2017, Planet Play offered a new program, Partners in Play. We offered multiple programs for children and families at Linwood YMCA and Scuola Vita Nuova with our partner Start at Zero, and at the Early Learning Hub with our partner Family Conservancy. We designed and conducted an observation instrument and caregiver survey to determine the impact on play behaviors and attitudes for families that participated in our Partners in Play events.
 
We seek to offer year 2 of our successful Partners in Play programming, expanding to 16 programs with 10 different partners. We will continue to focus our Partners in Play programs on communities in economic need with little to no access to quality play and learning experiences for young children and families.
 
Note: Our program budget below is not reflected in our full 2019 budget, as we can only offer year 2 of Partners in Play if it is fully funded.
Program Budget $30,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Children who participate in multiple Planet Play programs will exhibit higher levels of Cooperative Play. At the Cooperative Play stage, children work together to decide and achieve common goals. They communicate, share ideas, and listen to the ideas of others. They expand their emotional, social, and cognitive abilities. Cooperative Play gets children ready for school and for life.
 
Children who participate in multiple Planet Play programs will exhibit more complex play behaviors (Constructive Play and Dramatic/Fantasy/Pretend play). Building with blocks, exploring ramps, and making structures are all forms of Constructive Play. Children discover how to fit things together and solve problems, setting the stage for later math and science learning. Dramatic or Fantasy Play is when children pretend that they are someone else or somewhere else and that objects are something else. Children develop and use their imagination, and they learn how to take turns, cooperate, share and communicate.
Long-Term Success Young children in Kansas City's urban core will enter school ready to learn and thrive. 
Program Success Monitored By
Planet Play designed and conducted evaluation instruments/procedures to determine impact on play behaviors and attitudes for families that participated in the first year of our Partners in Play events. We designed an observation instrument to collect quantitative data on stages of play, parent-child play interactions, social interactions and collaborative play between children, and complexity of play. We also designed a caregiver survey to determine impact on play behaviors and attitudes for families that we have reached in multiple sessions, barriers to play in families and communities, changes in play opportunities across generations, and community needs to facilitate play opportunities.
 
We will implement the observation instrument and caregiver survey in year 2 of Partners in Play.
Examples of Program Success
Gretchen (Margarita) Green, Program Director and Bilingual Parent Educator at Start at Zero, expressed her appreciation for our year of Partners in Play programming with them:
 
Planet Play brings an opportunity for creative and healthy play for families we partner with in the Northeast area of KCMO who often don't have access to safe or healthy places to play. It is wonderful that they are able to come to these events at no cost through the grants that Planet Play receives to bring their wonderful play structures to underserved neighborhoods. This type of play builds bonds between children and their parents and helps young children learn to play with others and problem-solve together. Thanks very much for our valuable partnership! Start at Zero is a big fan of Planet Play!
CEO Comments

Planet Play is dedicated to reaching communities with the fewest opportunities and the greatest needs. Currently in donated space and offering purposely low-tech materials and supplies that enable imaginative play, our overhead is far lower than other family experiences in the area. However, locating in an area of need makes it a challenge to build our resources and to develop our programs, capacity, and sustainability.

Planet Play is developing a network of small Play Lab sites in diverse communities across the Kansas City metro area. When the sites are operational, suburban sites will provide financial sustainability that will support access and opportunities for urban core sites. We aren’t there yet, though. Our current prototype site in the urban core is not yet supported by a revenue-positive site. We are working to build earned revenue sources but are operating our family play days at a loss in order to be accessible to all families.

With its flexibility, low overhead, and community focus, Planet Play will be sustainable in the future, and we are responsive to the expressed needs of families in our community. Although the Planet Play model is sustainable in the long term, it will take time to build. We are searching for planning and capacity-building support to operate our first prototype site at 5508 Troost and prepare for our future site network. We hope that the Kansas City community will partner with us to create the truly outstanding play and learning experiences that Greater Kansas City families need and deserve.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Lauranne Hess
Term Start June 2017
Experience Lauranne Hess has a strong background in education and extensive nonprofit leadership experience in project management, strategic fund development and fiscal planning. She founded Planet Play, led the board and planning team for the first years, and now serves as Executive Director. Previously, Lauranne was Interim Executive Director at Front Porch Alliance, where she led an organizational capacity assessment, and strategic planning and implementation to address capacity needs. Lauranne also served as Executive Director of Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City, where she merged and integrated three different children’s museum projects to form one organization and led the educational master planning process, fund development, and financial management. In the past, she opened and directed the Challenger Learning Center at the Kansas City Museum, developed educational programs for Science City at Union Station, and was project manager for traveling exhibits at Union Station. She has taught at the elementary, middle school and university levels and consulted on gifted education, curriculum design and exhibit development. Lauranne has a B.S. from the University of Virginia in Early Childhood Education, a M.S. from the University of Kansas with an emphasis in Science Education and additional certification in Gifted Education, and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Senior Staff
Title Director of Exhibits and Experience Development
Experience/Biography

Jimmy Holmes is a founding team member of Planet Play and leads Planet Play’s experience development, operations, and research and evaluation. Jimmy has worked for over 20 years in the fields of informal science education, children’s museums, and educational and literacy program development, implementation and management. He holds a master's degree in Educational Research and Psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a B.A. in Elementary Education and Liberal Arts from UMKC. His research interests include early childhood knowledge construction, learning in informal settings, cognitive development of scientific thinking, and program operations evaluation. Jimmy is skilled in exhibit and experience development, fiscal planning and management, operations, science education, and research and evaluation.

Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 8
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • Turn the Page KC
  • Start at Zero
  • Family Conservancy
  • Association of Children's Museums
  • KABOOM!
  • Imagination Playground 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Dana Nelson
Company Affiliation Olathe Public Schools
Term June 2018 to June 2020
Email dnelsonwv@olatheschools.org
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Stacey Koenig
Company Affiliation Children's Mercy Hospital
Term June 2018 to June 2020
Email skoenig@cmh.edu
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Stacey KoenigChildren's Mercy
Ms. Toni MadeiraBack Office Brigade
Ms. Dana Patterson NelsonOlathe Public Schools and Second Baptist Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Education
Finance
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Debra BoxSupport Kansas City
Ms. Barbara Loring FosterCommunity Activist
Ms. Courtney KounkelMONARCH Build
Ms. Linda OdellCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Lisa SkolnickCommunity Activist
Mr. Doug StockmanHelix Architecture
CEO Comments

Planet Play was established with the goal of bringing children in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area locally accessible and meaningful play and learning experiences. For the first two years of its existence, the organization began with a Transitional Board of Directors consisting of between six to eight members. The Transitional Board, as typical for a start-­up entity, was hands ­on and performed any and all functions necessary to create Planet Play and implement its programming. In addition to acting in an advisory role, Board Members performed ministerial tasks and attended and facilitated Planet Play events. Planet Play is currently assembling a full Board of Directors consisting of 12 board members. 

- Lisa Skolnick, Advisory Board Member
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $108,570
Projected Expenses $107,975
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$24,407$14,689$23,445
Administration Expense$8,697$15,057$10,264
Fundraising Expense$0$0$2,257
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.481.421.58
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%49%65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$33,525$51,196$37,943
Current Assets$16,261$20,929$37,943
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$976$1,503$701
Total Net Assets$32,549$49,693$37,242
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.6613.9254.13
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Our 2018 financial statements show a deficit. We received a $16,000 grant at the end of 2017 for a program that ran in 2018. The expenses were in 2018. This, along with van depreciation, accounts for most of our loss.
 
We incurred expenses to open our Pop-Up Play Lab at the end of 2018, but we did not realize any revenues until 2019. Our family play days operate at a loss due to our urban core location and very low fees to be accessible to all families, but we are working on expanding our earned and contributed revenues and our audiences to build sustainability.
 
Currently operating in donated space and offering purposely low-tech materials and supplies that enable imaginative play, our overhead is far lower than other family experiences in the area. Our 2019 budget includes $49,850 in in-kind support.
Other Documents
Planet Play Brochure2019View
Evaluation Report Partners in Play2018View
Organization Name Planet Play Inc.
Address 5508 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110
Primary Phone (913) 481-4143
Contact Email connect@planetplay.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lauranne Hess
Board Chair Ms. Dana Patterson Nelson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Olathe Public Schools
Year of Incorporation 2012