Pat Rumbaugh

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Pat Rumbaugh, The Play Lady lives in Takoma Park, Maryland USA. In March 2009, she founded a play committee in her hometown Takoma Park, Maryland. In early 2011 they started calling themselves Takoma Plays. This is a group of people who wanted to promote play in their community. Since 2009 they have put on over 150+ fun FREE play events for people of all ages. On you can see videos of past Play Days, two TEDxTalks Pat gave in 2014 about Play, several articles, a documentary called "The Play Lady," and videos by AARP and Voice of America TV shown nationally and internationally.

On July 28, 2014, Let’s Play America became an official nonprofit. Pat and Daniel Nakamura Co-founded this organization to promote play nationally. LPA's mission increases opportunities for all people to enjoy play by partnering with communities, organizations, and individuals to create locally inspired playful events.

Pat has spoken all over the country and internationally about the importance of Play. On the LPA website, you can see Pat's articles, interviews for podcasts and so much more on the press page.

Pat is the author of two children’s books.

Pat and others wrote two Play Day Handbooks.

Pat believes everyone deserves to play. She is actively looking for grants and sponsors to help her promote play. Anyone interested in having Pat come to their community or have questions on how to promote play may contact Pat at [email protected].

To invite Pat to be a keynote speaker, consultant, or advice on bringing play to your community email [email protected] or contact Pat directly at [email protected] 301-928-9962