Playworks Illinois

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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March 24, 2020

#PlayAtHome with Playworks ›

Playworks wants to help make sure kids still get to play every day. School closures are significantly changing day-to-day life for kids across the country and the world. Families are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged, active, and having fun. And teachers are looking for support interacting with students virtually. Playworks is here…

March 16, 2020

Helping Our Communities ›

Like you, we are very concerned as the spreading coronavirus impacts so many people, communities, and organizations across the country. Our priority is to take actions for everyone’s safety. We are following CDC and state/local health agency guidelines and are partnering with schools with an aim of preventing the spread of the virus, while also…

December 4, 2019

Oregon State University Study Finds High-Quality Recess Positively Impacts Student Behaviors ›

A recent study by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Services found that high-quality recess contributes to the executive function, emotional self-control, resilience, and positive classroom behavior in elementary school children. While past studies explored the benefits related to the amount of recess time, this is the first study to address…

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November 20, 2019

Rethinking Recess Leads to Results On and Off the Playground ›

At first glance, it looks like your standard recess at Eliza Chappell Elementary School.  But upon closer inspection, what is happening outside during recess is in fact rather unusual. Every student is occupied with one activity or another—even those on the jungle gym. The games are clear, organized and inclusive. And a specially trained coach…

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Upcoming Events


June 20, 2020 @ 10:30 AM

Playworks Illinois 9th Annual Kickball Tournament ›

Lace up your sneakers and kick a home run for safe and healthy play. It’s time for our 9th Annual Kickball Tournament! Playworks Illinois’ Kickball Tournament offers local businesses the…

October 23, 2020 @ 6:00 PM

Playworks Illinois 7th Annual Get in the Game Gala ›

Save the date for our 7th Annual Get in the Game Gala on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Stagg Court at the Chicago Athletic Association from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This celebratory…

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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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650 W Lake Street
Suite 230
Chicago, IL 60661

t: 312.631.3637
f: 877.209.5173

  

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