Playworks Northern California

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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May 17, 2019

Bay Area Community Gets in the Game! ›

On May 9, The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco was full of playful laughs, heartfelt stories, and generous supporters of the play movement. Playworks 11th annual Get in the Game Gala brought together over 250 people from throughout the Bay Area to celebrate the importance of play for our community’s youth. Monique Coleman—an Emmy award…

May 16, 2019

Playworks Northern California Staff Retreat ›

Over 90 Playworks Northern California staff members from Silicon Valley, the East Bay, and San Francisco gathered at Kennedy Park in Union City on May 3 for our Annual Staff Retreat! Individuals facilitated small group discussions centered on professional development. Topics included: Setting the Tone for Your Day Implementing Systems for Success Best Practices for…

April 15, 2019

From Bland to BAM! Community Beautification ›

On April 6, 2019, in East Palo Alto, Ca, Playworks Silicon Valley and The Primary School community worked together to enhance the school’s playground in order to create a more safe, inclusive, and independent play space for their youngest students. The Primary School is serving students with a holistic approach starting at age three to…

April 3, 2019

Grown N’ Play for Oakland Community ›

On March 21 at Neyborly – Jack London, Playworks East Bay and RealTime Oakland teamed up for a first-time community event! Grown N’ Play was an evening of recess-inspired games and organic conversation that fostered authentic connection in the East Bay. RealTime Oakland is a collective of community collaborators who create social experiences that combine…

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Upcoming Events


May 21, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Playworks Northern California Lunch & Learn ›

Come learn about our mission and programs!

June 07, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Silicon Valley Corporate Kickball ›

Get your team out on the field for our Corporate Kickball Tournament!

June 21, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

San Francisco Corporate Kickball ›

Get your team out on the field for our Corporate Kickball Tournament!

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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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638 3rd St
Oakland, CA 94607
T: 510.893.4180

         

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