Play Around The Snowy City

In partnership with The Harvard Center on the Developing Child, we are seeking ideas for playful, temporary design installations and events throughout Boston this winter. How would you make one of Boston's public spaces more fun and inviting during the coldest season of the year?

These are sites where young people and adults spend time together, but don’t always have a lot to do with each other. Where can we encourage play to support community building and learning? Where can play reduce everyday stress that we experience in the winter?

The installations may provide:

Two projects will be selected for funding. Projects must be temporary, implemented by early February 2019, and meet a budget of $5,000. The best projects will be executable ideas with succinct and thoughtful plans for implementation. Successful project proposals will include a plan to scale the project to more locations in the future.


You can apply here.

Make sure your application is submitted by December 13th, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Project Guidelines

  • Submissions should include a proposed budget up to $5,000.
  • Submissions should aim to make Boston's public spaces more inviting, user friendly, and fun during the winter.
  • Ideas may be indoors or outdoors. Special consideration will be given to projects that creatively use winter elements.
  • Submissions must be implemented by the first week of February 2019.
  • Submitted ideas should aspire to have an inherent sense of wonderment and discovery built into them.

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