Interactive art at JUMP encourages 'Giggling for Good'

Posted at 9:11 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 11:22:26-05

BOISE, Idaho — A local non-profit is hoping to curb the COVID-19 blues by making us smile.

"JUMP is on a quest to really kick off 2021 and create a more joyous January with chuckles and giggles and grins," says Kathy O'Neill, Community Engagement Director for Jack's Urban Meeting Place.

The "Giggling for Good" display is meant to turn frowns upside-down. Visitors can walk through Giggling for Good, peek in the windows, and listen to the laughter--all while staying COVID safe.

"We have the luxury and the benefit of having this beautiful downtown three-acre park in the heart of downtown Boise where we can activate and engage in uplifting spirits and connect people while still staying safe and socially safe distanced," says O'Neill.

Inflatable emojis dot the landscape and a giant screen features jokes from local kids. You can even donate socks, hats, gloves, and even hygiene supplies to 'giggle monsters' set up along the way.

"We’re donating anything collected in the giggling monsters at those collection drop-off sites to the kids in the community," O'Neill explains.

O’Neill hopes their silliness makes everyone smile and reminds us that brighter days are ahead. If your child would like to share their favorite joke, Giggle and Give is open to kids 12 and under. Click here for more information.