Playworks Minnesota

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

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All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Latest News

April 18, 2017

Playworks Minnesota Honored at Character Recognition Awards ›

St. Paul, MN—May 25, 2017— Playworks Minnesota received a 2017 Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award on May 25 at the Character Recognition Awards Ceremony. We were one of three community programs, five schools, and one district honored by Synergy & Leadership for excellence in character and ethical leadership development. Governor Dayton proclaimed May 25 as Character Recognition…

February 24, 2017

What Does Service Mean to Our AmeriCorps Coaches? ›

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Playworks started our partnership with AmeriCorps in 2004. Since then, we have received over nine million dollars in funding support and 1,071 members have contributed almost two million hours of service.…

February 9, 2017

The First Ever Opera Recess! ›

On December 7 at Forest Elementary School in Robbinsdale, Playworks and the Minnesota Opera combined forces to bring together the fun and play of recess with the drama and grace of opera for the first opera recess. The Minnesota Opera believes that Playworks’ vision aligns with their mission as they create opera education programs that…

February 9, 2017

Twelve Consulting Joins Playworks for Recess ›

2017 Twelve CG Day of Inspiration from Twelve Consulting Group on Vimeo. On January 24, Twelve Consulting joined Playworks Minnesota at Lucy Laney Elementary for a Play Day as part of their Day of Inspiration. At Twelve, the staff strives to express their core values of personal growth, excellence, collaboration, and well-being in their daily…

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Recent Events

June 16 @ 10:45 am

2017 Corporate Kickball Tournament ›

Round up your team members, put on your game faces, and come out for a day of sunshine, food, beverages, and friendly play with your peers. Corporate Kickball is an employee engagement fundraiser for Playworks…

April 20 @ 8:00 pm

2017 Playworks Minnesota Soiree for Play ›

Join Us for the Fifth Annual Soirée for Play You are invited to our Fifth Annual Soirée for Play.  April 20, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium  The Soirée for Play is the only gala in town where…

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A Better Recess

Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

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2610 University Avenue W.
Suite # 350
St. Paul, MN 55114

t: 651.207.5285
f: 952.314.7003

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