Playworks Utah

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 29, 2024

2024 International Day of Play ›

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted June 11 as the International Day of Play. This global celebration was established to champion and protect children’s right to play. On this…

Fox 13's The Place

May 1, 2024

Playworks Helps Kids Play ›

Desi Arends, Executive Director at Playworks Utah, shares on Fox 13th’s the Place, how Playworks currently serves more than 60 schools in Utah and reaches more than 32,000 children directly…

PBS Utah

April 29, 2024

Playworks Utah’s Race to Reduce Bullying ›

Mary Dickson sits with Desi Arends, executive director of Playworks Utah, to talk about the Race to Reduce Bullying coming up on May 4 at Wheeler Farm.

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…

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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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308 East 4500 South
Suite 120
Murray, UT 84107

t: 510.893.4180

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Our accomplishments would not have been possible without our community of supporters like you! With your help we are able to develop resources for kids to play on the playground and at home, create workbooks to support educators, create more equitable communities through our Equity Statement, design digital content for teachers and students, partner with community organizations to develop social/emotional curriculum, and bring safe and healthy play every day to our kids.

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