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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July 8, 2019

Community Connection at Grown N’ Play ›

Playworks for everyone! On June 27, Playworks Northern California and RealTime Oakland came together for a second evening of fun—Grown N’ Play 2, back by popular demand! Grown N’ Play is an event that fosters authentic connection in our community, rooted in wellness and social impact. It is a fun-filled evening of: Large group recess-inspired…

July 3, 2019

Animated Short Shares the Power of Play ›

Playworks Northern California and BRIDGEGOOD come together to create an animated short highlighting the power of play! The video brings to life a story from the field of a student at a Playworks school in the East Bay area through brilliantly animated characters. The voice over features none other than a Playworks Junior Coach! We…

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July 1, 2019

Playworks Coaches Celebrated by Good Morning America ›

Max Langaard and Matthew Bailey surprised with NBA finals tickets live on Good Morning America in celebration of their friendship formed on an Oakland elementary school playground through the Playworks program.

July 1, 2019

Corporate Kickball in San Francisco ›

On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, representatives from local companies came together for a San Francisco kickball tournament with a cause. Playworks annual Corporate Kickball Tournament in the city took place on June 21 at Golden Gate Park. Corporate Kickball is an employee engagement event and fundraiser that brings teams out of the office and onto…

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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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