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space to play


Play produces well-wired minds.  When children engage in active play they benefit physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.  When parents connect, they have support, space and humor required to raise kids in an urban environment.  

Recess has designed the space for this growth and community to flourish.  Come play!

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space to play


Play produces well-wired minds.  When children engage in active play they benefit physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.  When parents connect, they have support, space and humor required to raise kids in an urban environment.  

Recess has designed the space for this growth and community to flourish.  Come play!

A simplified approach to enrichment  

In the first three years of life, we have an opportunity to shape the lifelong architecture of our children’s brain.

Rooted in best practices, Recess’ carefully designed and curated space is a safe, relaxing space that fosters community and encourages the growth and development of healthy minds and bodies while nurturing curiosity and creativity.  

Separate Space for Crawlers and New walkers:  Too many times we take our youngest out to play and watch them get unintentionally steamrolled by older friends.  At Recess you don't have to worry.  We’ve created a distinctly separate space from...let’s just say... ‘more energetic’ age ranges.  Give your little one the freedom to explore in a safe & clean environment.

Separate Space for Crawlers and New walkers:  Too many times we take our youngest out to play and watch them get unintentionally steamrolled by older friends.  At Recess you don't have to worry.  We’ve created a distinctly separate space from...let’s just say... ‘more energetic’ age ranges.  Give your little one the freedom to explore in a safe & clean environment.

Expansive playspace for walkers, runners, jumpers and explorers: With our own kids, we steer clear of the facilities with massive tunnels, shouting, ball pits (germs and injuries). Recess' main playspace has been carefully designed to engage different age groups through child-directed, open ended play. Our structures are intentionally generic to provide a foundation for your child's imagination to build on. We provide a the space where they can play, hide, explore, pretend and enjoy.  Our entire center is intentionally designed so that you, as a parent, can join in on the fun or comfortably watch and be there to interact as your child plays!

Expansive playspace for walkers, runners, jumpers and explorers: With our own kids, we steer clear of the facilities with massive tunnels, shouting, ball pits (germs and injuries). Recess' main playspace has been carefully designed to engage different age groups through child-directed, open ended play. Our structures are intentionally generic to provide a foundation for your child's imagination to build on. We provide a the space where they can play, hide, explore, pretend and enjoy.  Our entire center is intentionally designed so that you, as a parent, can join in on the fun or comfortably watch and be there to interact as your child plays!

Each time I bring my one year twins to Recess, I see them develop more and more. The space invites them to play, but I’m most impressed with the skills they come away with after spending time there. I’m a former elementary school teacher and appreciate developmentally appropriate activities Recess offers to babies, toddlers and kids.
— Mom of a 1 year old twins

Recess' playspace is primarily membership based.  

The membership format of Recess fosters community building, support and friendships...significantly more so than a drop-in facility.  You get more out of your time in our space and so does your child!

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MEMBERSHIP PLANS & choose the one that works best for your family.   Become a member of Recess, and part of an awesome community.

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For you + for them


Recess is for you, too. Because raising a child can be a messy job.

For you + for them


Recess is for you, too. Because raising a child can be a messy job.

"Who didn't love recess as a kid?  Who'd ever thought I'd love it so much as an adult."  

"Who didn't love recess as a kid?  Who'd ever thought I'd love it so much as an adult."  

 

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. 

Music is varied, coffee is brewing and magazines are on hand. So, while Recess is an awesome venue for birthday parties and celebrations and a clean, safe space for kids to play, it is also a space for you.  A space for you to bring your child without needing to worry if they have a blow out, a melt down or need a "potty seat." 

Evening Workshops and Moderated playgroups give parents and caregivers the support they need to nurture the growth, social development and learning that is absolutely crucial in the first five years of a child's life.    

Pilates classes for grown-ups are icing on the cake.  You can get a work out & while your child gets to play in the comfort of the Recess playspace with one of our caregivers.  In-a-Pinch Childcare is yet another perk of membership when you need to get some work done, go to the doctor or just meet up with a friend for lunch.

The best part of Recess is our strong community -- people just like you who value balance creativity and sanity in the journey of raising an urban child.  

Love it. Unpretentious, clean but not flashy, warm community feeling.
— Dad of a 2 year old girl
You go through big chunks of time where you’re thinking, ‘This is impossible, oh this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.
— Tina Fey
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Why Play


Children are naturally curious and capable learners.  The environment of a child’s earliest years can have effects that last a lifetime.  

Why Play


Children are naturally curious and capable learners.  The environment of a child’s earliest years can have effects that last a lifetime.  

Decades of research have shown just how important experiences in the first 3 years of life are for a child's long-term wellbeing.

 

We do the research so you can focus on what matters.

Our spacious, award winning, 7,400 sq foot center was established in 2008 and is designed specifically to support your child's development every step of the way (with your growth and comfort in mind, too!). When children have access to a variety of play things, they enter a natural and ever-evolving state of learning and growth.  

Just as a balanced diet is important at the dinner table, a balanced "play diet" should include a mix of all kinds of play, because different types have different benefits.

Play-dough creations, blocks, and make-believe spark the imagination and teach problem-solving skills. Running, jumping, and climbing get legs moving and hearts pumping. And exploring safely with other families or playing hide-and-seek with friends helps kids learn to work together, collaborate, and share. There are many different forms of play, and each one provides unique and fundamental fuel for a their development. 

Recess offers a menu of play options that children need to thrive. 

Each day, our goal is to facilitate a cleansafecomfortable space where you and your family can spend time. 


We've learned that play fosters crucial social skills, not to mention imagination, creativity, and self-discovery.  It also provides an amazing opportunity for parents and caregivers to engage fully with their children. 

As Nobel Prize winner James Heckman has said: “Early experiences can translate into school readiness, academic success, and lifetime well-being. Success builds upon success. When more children in a community are ready to learn, community-wide levels of human and social capital rise.”

Most importantly, when children are in a safe environment, and they can choose their play activities, parents are able to quietly observe a child's exploration.  It is a magical experience for parents.

Janet Lansbury describes this wonderfully, "Learning to be a responsive play observer takes thoughtfulness, restraint and practice, but once we get this down, we’ll discover more delightful moments of joy, humor and surprise than we ever thought possible. And we need these daily parenting “bonuses” to balance the more difficult moments and break up the monotony. We’ll also get more guilt-free breaks from parenting because we’ve encouraged our children to hone their independent play skills in our presence.  Join us in this specially designed environment to nurture exploration and growth."  

Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.
— American Academy of Pediatrics
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