Playworks New York and New Jersey

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


May 10, 2017

Playworks Rings Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell ›

Playworks visited the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square on May 10, 2017. In honor of the occasion, Jill Vialet, Playworks CEO and Founder, rang the Opening Bell. Check out the latest pictures and videos of the event.

May 8, 2017

New York Get in the Game Gala 2017 ›

Playworks supporters in New York joined us in celebrating our Get in the Game Gala on May 8  at Tribeca Rooftop. More that 200 guests enjoyed fun games, great food and drinks, and a lively awards ceremony all celebrating the tremendous power of play! (Photos courtesy of AM Media Group)  

February 27, 2017

AmeriCorps Week is Here! ›

Playworks is excited to announce that it is finally AmeriCorps Week! Like any other Playworks celebration, we must begin with a high-five.  Here in New York and New Jersey, Coach B is the perfect example of an AmeriCorps member making a positive impact with his energy and positivity. Coach B is currently serving in his…

October 18, 2016

Thank You for Supporting Our Race to Reduce Bullying! ›

Thank you to everyone who came out in support to reduce bullying in Newark! Please check out our Facebook page for more photos of the event.

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Upcoming Events


October 28 @ 9:00 am

Race to Reduce Bullying 5K 2017 ›

Saturday, October 28th, 2017 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Branch Brook Park (Cherry Blossom Welcome Center & Franklin Avenue) Join Playworks New York/New Jersey to reduce bullying in our community…

November 5 @ 5:15 pm

2017 NYC TCS Marathon ›

Do you want to run one of the most prestigious marathons in the world? Join the 2017 Marathon Team Playworks New York! Playworks is once again thrilled to be an…

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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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