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Welcome


Voted Best Playspace, Best Place to Party & more
Become a Member / Book a Party / Check out our Kids Classes 
Parent Workshops / Pilates Classes / Schedule a Visit
(415) 701-7529

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Welcome


Voted Best Playspace, Best Place to Party & more
Become a Member / Book a Party / Check out our Kids Classes 
Parent Workshops / Pilates Classes / Schedule a Visit
(415) 701-7529

Recess is a hub for social development & early learning
where families can play, explore and learn together.  

Just like you, we value balance, creativity & sanity
in the journey of raising an urban child. 


Recess has been an integral part of our ability to be comfortable being parents of a small child in SF. I’m so glad to know there’s a safe, developmentally appropriate space for my son to play in every day. PS. Love all the wood toys.
— A. Grant
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Recess Is A Destination

90% of brain development happens in the first 5 years of life. Our spacious indoor playspace is designed especially to support your child's development every step of the way. 

While Recess is kid-centric in its design, it holds an equal focus on providing space for parents and caregivers to connect, share experiences and build friendships of their own. 

For updates, keep an eye on our
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Space
to Run

Huge indoor playspace where infants, toddlers & preschoolers relish in the freedom to explore, get messy, socialize and burn off that never-ending energy.  See it for yourself

Space to Create

Membership includes open sensory lab 4 times a week. Little ones get the opportunity to mush, splatter, and mix. Learn a new skill or get used to a drop-off environment with our classes & camps  

Space to Gather

Enjoy coffee, tea and snacks in our communal kitchen space. Connect, share experiences and build friendships. 

Space to Breathe

While Recess is kid-centric in its design, it holds equal focus on providing space for parents. Moderated playgroups, parent workshops, childcare and Pilates

Space to Party

With so much space to play, Recess is an ideal venue to celebrate your next special event!  Check out our party packages.

 
Recess’ drop-in environment allows us to come when it works for my son. All the numerous ‘play stations’ allow him to flit like the little bubble bee that he is from one activity to the next. He plays chef, musician, gymnast, janitor (yes, there are tiny fake brooms & vacuums), carpenter, you name it all in the course of 60 minutes.
— Mom of a 2 year old

Check Out The Calendar

Learn about Recess' upcoming events, family concerts, kids classes & parent workshops.  

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Join Our Community

Unlimited playtime, in-a-pinch childcare, weekly moderated playgroups & big discounts on classes and parties.

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Our Story


"There really should be a place where you can let your child run around, and you can get a good cup of coffee."

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Our Story


"There really should be a place where you can let your child run around, and you can get a good cup of coffee."

The owners are really nice and have created a safe haven for the children and for us parents too! It is very clean and the overall experience of playing here is very comfortable and easy going. I love that they offer classes for children as well as adults. It is the first place I found for our daughter that actually feels like a community...it is really wonderful.
— Angela H.
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Back in 2007, Lisa Nowell and Kristin Jamieson had no idea that a casual conversation would lead to the creation of what many families now call “a warm and wonderful oasis."  

Lisa, an educator, and Kristin, a physical therapist, both believed fervently in the power of play (for everyone, but especially for very young children). They envisioned a place where parents could come, sit down with a cup of coffee and chat with other parents while their kids ran free in a fun and safe indoor space.

For harried working parents worried about the safety of the City’s outdoor playgrounds for their toddlers, Recess is a godsend. For Jamieson, the most rewarding part of her job is “when a parent walks in and is at their wit’s end and says ‘Thank you, I was about to lose my mind. I wouldn’t know what to do if you guys weren’t here.’” Of course, the kids play just as large a role in keeping Jamieson motivated. “It’s hard to have a bad day when there are little people, wanting to come in. It’s such a happy environment, which I feel lucky for every day.
— As quoted in The Potrero View

The idea was so organically good that Recess became a reality just a short time later in the sunny Potrero Hill district of San Francisco.  Since Recess' opening, in January 2008, it has become space to play for nearly 3,000 local families. The Pilates classes, tasty coffee, and good magazines keep parents happy.  Kids have the time of their lives (and burn off energy!) in the huge area dedicated to free play and fun, engaging classes.

And Recess continues to grow and evolve with our community.  Over the years, we have added new parent groups, a fantastic art studio, yoga classes, family concerts, and a retail area for local artists, musicians and authors.  Recess members have described our community center as “paradise” and “a second home."

Honored to have our owner & co-founder, Lisa, in listed as a Bay Area mom (to be) giving back to the community. How...

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Over the years, Recess has been recognized as a unique business in the Bay Area.  We are absolutely humbled by all of the support, kind words, press and awards we've received.  

In 2014, Kristin left Recess to pursue her Physical Therapy work full time.  Lisa continues to own and operate Recess.

If Recess sounds like your kind of place, we’d love for you to join us! 

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Accolades


Check out the awards we've won, stories in the press and other recognition Recess has gotten.  

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Accolades


Check out the awards we've won, stories in the press and other recognition Recess has gotten.  

Since opening in 2008, Recess has quickly become a community where parents, children & caregivers can enjoy play, learning and a little dose of sanity.  We feel incredibly lucky to have won accolades from local & national organizations.  This business started as a dream – thank you for helping us to make it a reality.