Meet the Kids

Urban Playground is a media project designed to show people around the world what it is like to be a child in urban centers.


The first book, Urban Playground: What Kids Say About Living in San Francisco, features fifty San Francisco kids ages five to nine. Subsequent books and this website will feature kids in other cities.


If Mia could have any pet she has never had, she would want a panda. “I will snuggle with her every night,” she says. Mia’s panda would be purple, and she would eat bamboo. Mia would name her The Purpliest Panda.


When Thomas wants books for purchase, he visits Green Apple Books. What type of books does he prefer? “I like fact books,” he says, explaining that he likes learning interesting facts about the world and teaching them to his parents.


Australia was fun because Zachary visited his grandparents. His mom was born and raised in Australia, and her parents still live there. While visiting, Zachary saw kangaroos. “They were brown and blue,” he says. “I saw one with a little baby in a pouch. I petted it. The mom was not so mad.”


“I love Paris,” she adds. “We never went, but Daddy and Papa downloaded a French language app, and we’re working on it together.” She can count to ten in French—“un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix,”—and can sing the French song “Alouette.”