Wonderland Studios is a new project of Play Atlanta and is beginning to unfold on Facebook at

making cool stuff happen through design and advocacy

For more information about our play space design, click on the logo below or the Playable Design tab above. 

We want Atlanta to be a great place to raise your children, and that means having great places to play.

Who We Are

Check Play Atlanta out on Facebook.

Play Atlanta (formerly known as ATOP-Atlanta Taskforce on Play) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the child's right to play. We advocate for play, help communities set a vision for and design  a playful environment, help real estate developers integrate play spaces throughout a project, educate about the importance of play, and much more. 

Play Atlanta was founded in 2007 in order to apply to KaBOOM!’s Playful City USA competition on behalf of the City of Atlanta. Working closely with the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Play Atlanta (then ATOP) was successful and Atlanta became one of the 31 Founding Playful Cities and went on to win first prize in the PCUSA video grant competition. Check out 

our winning video .

Play Atlanta is a fiscal partner of the local 501(c)(3) nonprofit Park Pride. 

For info: Cynthia (at) 404.200.0170

Check Play Atlanta out on Facebook. Sometimes it's just easier to post cool stuff there! 

To REPAIR/BUILD Playgrounds

REPAIRS: See something that needs to be fixed in a City of Atlanta playground? Please report it to Parks Dept. Customer Service at: 404-546-6813



Blog Posts

To Nervous Parents Everywhere

"You boys, be careful up there!!"

We get it. It is scary letting someone you love take risks...especially risks that might, just might, result in injury.  We are all starting to hear about risk being an important part of becoming a resilient, empowered, thoughtful adult.…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on March 11, 2019 at 7:32am

Be Here Now

This morning (mind you it was before I had even gotten out of bed or had my first cup of coffee) I read an article in The Atlantic entitled, The Dangers of Distracted Parenting,…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on September 27, 2018 at 7:09am

Beltline Lantern Play Releases Hundreds of Inner Children

Enjoy a brief glimpse of the incredible Lantern Parade held on the Atlanta Beltline. From the creative genius of one woman (Chantelle Ryder) was born a powerful, playful Atlanta tradition.…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on September 26, 2018 at 1:09pm

Stewardship not Maintenance

A weed is not always a weed. 

It is wonderful that parents, educators, city recreation departments and others are singing the praises of "natural playgrounds" these days. The concept has been growing constantly, especially since the 2008 publication of Richard Louv's book "…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on September 10, 2018 at 10:30am

Inspire Me, Please, Atlanta!

"I'm not annoyed because we are not recreating the past in Atlanta.

I am annoyed because we are not creating a beautiful future."

Pier Six…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on August 22, 2018 at 11:30am

Clean up. Clean up. Everybody do your share!

Park Pride Volunteer Day Volunteers

"Clean up, clean up.…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on April 2, 2018 at 8:30am

An Engaging Idea in London (from 2012)

In 2012, an artist in London created an interactive "invisible fence" that passersby couldn't resist. Check out the City Lab article Parks Weren't Always for Everybody  for the history behind the article's title, disappearing park…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on February 7, 2018 at 3:00pm

Can a Snow Day Show Us Atlanta's Future?

  (Photo: Lianne Epstein)

"Children are a kind of…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 8, 2017 at 10:30am

A Vote in Favor of Recess

Read it and weep happy tears...

Posted by Cynthia Gentry on November 15, 2017 at 11:18am

Schools + City = Play + Greenspace = Community Transformation


Although the participants in last night’s Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Forum on Greenspace…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on July 14, 2017 at 10:00am


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Watch this video to see why play matters!! 

Aqui esta en Español: 

FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes



Pretty much everything you ever needed to know about play.

And, of course, KaBOOM!

Playgroundology, an emerging social science. 


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Ethan E., our first donor


Ethan's grandmother gave him a gift of $25. He gave $20 to ATOP so more Atlanta kids will have great places to play. He kept $5 to get something cool for himself. We think Ethan is pretty cool!

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