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Get in the Game 2017
Game-changers and playmakers will come together to celebrate the one million kids experiencing safe and healthy play every day at the Get in the Game Gala in Los Angeles.
Coming Up
Join the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon Team Playworks!
Playworks Southern California is an official charity for the LA Marathon for the first time in history. Our runners have a goal to collectively raise $30,000 to support our in- and out-of-school youth development play and physical activity programs! Join us this year! #Run4pLAy
Learning Respect and Gaining Confidence On The Playground
This school year, recess at Santa Ana’s James A. Garfield Elementary is an evolving lesson in behavior modification. Through Playworks, children are treating one another with more respect and feeling better about themselves and school.
Playworks Southern California
Harnessing the power of play to strengthen our kids, schools and communities.

"The bullying has stopped. The students are all engaged in one of the many choices they have to pursue during recess.  They resolve conflicts in class using rock-paper-scissors.”

Teacher, Grape Street Elementary, Los Angeles

Reclaiming Recess
"California Educator's story "Reclaiming Recess" highlights a few California schools and educators who are taking recess back, recognizing recess' crucial role in optimizing a child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, and how learning and attention improve following a break."
Playworks Pro
With Playworks Training, learn how to use active play to support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of your kids.

"I'd rather go out and be present outside, active and involved spending 15 minutes playing every day instead of spending 30-45 minutes suspending a kid. Now, part of my job is to play with kids and teach them how to play instead of laying down the law."

Peter Wilson, Principal, Burbank Elementary

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 


Playworks in Southern California

Recess Rock Stars

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

Southern California
Training Client
Burbank Elementary
Junior Coach
Jefferson Elementary, Santa Ana