Playworks Arizona

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


March 20, 2024

Thunderbirds Charities Partners with Playworks Arizona ›

Thunderbirds Charities announces its support of the Playworks’ training and professional development programs for adults who work with kids. Thunderbirds Charities generous funding will directly support Arizona’s kids by providing…

March 8, 2024

Arizona Legislators Take on Junior Coaches in Second Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Challenge ›

On a sunny February day, the Rose Garden of the Arizona State Capitol was filled with sounds of music, laughter, cheers for Roshambo Rockstar, and even the Macarena. Thirteen Junior…

March 5, 2024

Playworks Arizona Names Georgia Harris as Executive Director ›

Playworks Arizona welcomes Georgia Harris as the new Executive Director. She brings more than 20 years of experience in education, social services, and nonprofit management to the organization which works…

January 24, 2024

Indoor Recess Transition Plan ›

From snow and cold to rain, smog, and everything in between, weather can throw a wrench in your outdoor recess plans. When inclement weather strikes, transitioning to indoor play can…

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Upcoming Events

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April 17, 2024

Ability Inclusion on the Playground ›

Play is for everyone! Join us as for the fourth and final webinar in the return of The Game Plan, a free, four-part series designed to provide practical solutions for…

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May 16, 2024

Supporting Student Mental Health Through Play Webinar ›

Create a more playful environment that supports every child’s mental well-being! In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Playworks and the American Academy of Pediatrics are teaming up for a…

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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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221 E Indianola Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

(602) 848-4710

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