Playworks for every kid

Soiree for Play
This fun, interactive evening is a fundraiser like no other. You'll enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and games from the playground as you support Minnesota youth. Hosted by Alicia Lewis of KARE 11, the Soiree for Play will feature a Playworks principal, rock star student leaders, and former NBA player John G. Thomas.
In The News
Playworks Makes Recess More Positive
Playworks Minnesota is featured in the news! Local station KARE 11 speaks to Executive Director Shauna McDonald and her coaches about what makes Playworks important to recess.
Timberwolves Host Playworks Students for WolvesFit Mini Clinic
Playworks students got in the game with a WolvesFit Mini Clinic hosted by the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and presented by Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. (Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE/Getty Images)
Playworks Minnesota
Harnessing the power of play to strengthen our kids, schools and communities.

"Playworks has given each classroom a sense of community and teamwork. It gives the students healthy competition and the ability to handle success and defeat in a respectful way."

Teacher, American Indian Magnet Elementary School, St. Paul MN

Playworks Pro
With Playworks Pro, learn how to use active play to support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of your kids.

"Our recess is going wonderfully. I have had a 25% decrease in referrals overall, meaning kids are in class learning instead of out. Fights over conflicts in games is down even more than that!"

Cherie Esposito, Principal

Playworks Turns Twenty
Throughout the year, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Playworks and with it, 20 years of bringing healthy, safe, and inclusive play to thousands of children across the country.
Collaboration is in our nature
Every Playworks partnership is customized to meet our partners’ specific goals.

At Mattel, we believe in the power of play and the critical link between play and the healthy development and learning of children. With Playworks as a partner, we can directly and immediately translate that vision into direct impact with thousands of children each year.” 

Diedre Lind, Executive Director, Mattel Children’s Foundation 

Off the Sidelines and into the Action
We are changing the way children interact, both in and out of school. Learn how we move kids off of the sidelines and into the action by watching this animation.

Playworks in Minnesota

Recess Rock Stars

Meet the individuals and organizations doing their part to ensure that every kid has a place on the playground.

Training Client
Burbank Elementary
Junior Coach
Whittier International School
Anishinabe Academy