Playworks Michigan

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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A Well-Rounded Student

“Playworks gives students the opportunity to have fun in a productive way. It really helps our students become the kinds of collaborators and teammates that we want them to be.”

– Moira Thomas
Teacher at Academy of the Americas Elementary-Middle School

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.

Latest News

CBS News

March 25, 2024

Detroit Lions host kids from across Michigan for day of activity at Ford Field ›

Playworks Michigan and the Detroit Lions Foundation hosted their annual “Football Jamboree” at Ford Field on March 24.

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…

December 18, 2023

Playworks recognized as a NYSS Champion ›

Playworks becomes an NYSS Champion Playworks is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

The MolinaCares Accord

October 12, 2023

The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation Presents $25,000 Grant to Playworks ›

 The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Molina Healthcare of Michigan, presented a $25,000 grant to Playworks Michigan, a nonprofit that leverages the power of play to help children build…

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2200 Hunt Street, #434
Detroit, MI 48207

t: 313.636.1646
f: 313.432.2945

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We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.  Contact us to find out more about Playworks Michigan.

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