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 28, 2019

Time to Play Rugby! ›

In partnership with Play Rugby USA, Playworks Northern California hosted a flurry of Rugby Jamborees throughout the Bay Area in the last month! For many kids, this was their first time playing Rugby, and this experience provided an amazing community-building opportunity. Over 200 kids from throughout the Bay Area participated in these Playworks Jamborees. Our…

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…

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Upcoming Events


June 27, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Grown N’ Play 2 ›

RealTime Oakland and Playworks Northern California are coming together for another Grown N’ Play event! RealTime Oakland is an ecosystem of collaborators active in Oakland who create social experiences that…

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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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