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Red Tricycle: 

San Francisco's Recess urban recreation has won the honor of Most Awesome Indoor Playspace in Red Tricycle’s Annual Totally Awesome Awards.

Red Tricycle announced the winners of its 4th Annual Totally Awesome Awards, a reader-driven awards program recognizing the best parenting brands, products, neighborhood services, and resources for families with children ages 0-10. The Totally Awesome Awards is the definitive recognition of what’s best for parents Nationally and in local markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington D.C...

SF Gate:  Bay Area Moms giving back to the community

In celebration of Mother’s Day, SFGate put together a collection of outstanding local moms who are juggling jobs, kids and everyday life while also making tremendous efforts to give back to their local communities and the world around them. These women and all the community-minded mothers around the Bay Area help make our corner of California a wonderful place for families.


Check out the full article and all of the amazing women in our area who are working to support various aspects of life with kids a little bit easier.  


RECESS WON:  Best Birthday Party VEnue & BeST PLAYSPACE!

Recess won two awards from Parents Press this year!  We were awarded Gold Best of Parents' Press award in San Francisco for Best Birthday Party Venue and a Bronze in San Francisco for Best Indoor Play Place!

Check out the other "bests" here:



Research indicates that children learn best in an environment that allows them to explore, discover, and play. And we're not just talking about a trip to the park on Saturdays. Even indoor environments can be designed to encourage positive, self-motivated, uninhibited exploration. For inspiration check out the 10 amazing indoor play spaces we found below!


Go Wild Inside: The Coolest Indoor Play Spaces

2014/12/23  Erin Feher

No one likes a water-logged slide or a soggy sandbox. If the rain is keeping you and your littles away from local play ground, it’s time to find a indoor alternative, stat! Luckily, there is no shortage of places for to kiddos to climb, jump, swing and slide while staying warm and dry inside. From an underwater-themed wonderland in Redwood City to a stunner of a four-story climbing structure in San Francisco, these indoor play spaces will have your tykes doing a rain dance.

San Franciscans seek shelter from the rain at Recess in Potrero Hill. Aside from a huge indoor slide, climbing area, and swing, the 3,200-square-foot space has a nursing room, cafe, and free wi-fi. Kids can take class series in cooking, singing, and “messy art.” But Recess isn’t restricted to play. They also offer parent workshops on topics like tantrums, money management, and getting into preschool. 

CBS  Eye On The Bay: Best SF Indoor Playgrounds

"Summer is a great time for children to enjoy the great outdoors. But especially during the summer months, San Francisco is well known for thick layers of chilly fog and windy weather. While it’s a given that most children will prefer to play outdoors at a playground, indoor playground facilities can provide a safe and comfortable environment, especially with the added convenience of trained staff. Here are five of the best indoor playground facilities in San Francisco....

"Located in Potrero Hill, not far from Jackson Field, Recess is Yelp’s top-rated indoor playground facility in San Francisco..." [READ MORE]

Top 5 Indoor Play Spaces
in the USA

A List Mom lists Recess as one of the Top 5 Indoor Playspaces in the US:

Groundhog shadow or no shadow, February is a tough month. The kids are getting restless and Spring feels like light years away. Whether you’re in a sunny clime or braving a long cold winter, there are a few outstanding indoor play spaces that will help alleviate winter day doldrums. We scoured the country to find the top 5 indoor play spaces.  Recess was listed as one of them!  

San Francisco: Recess Urban Recreation: With a lively café and a 3,200-square-foot playspace, babies and kids up to the age of four have free reign at this hip basion of urban family cool. Parents love the classes and mom support groups that congregate here and tots love the freedom of hanging in such a large play space (by San Francisco standards anyway). With the healthy snacks and kumbaya vibe,  it’s the perfect place for San Franciscan offspring to meet, greet and eat.



BEST OF THE CITY AWARD:  2015 Top Indoor Play Places in the Bay Area

"Are you looking for a fun, safe, and DRY place to bring your kids during the winter? Look no further for some great facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area!  .Recess is a huge indoor playspace where infants, toddlers & preschoolers relish in the freedom to explore, get messy, socialize and burn off that never-ending energy.  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.

While Recess is kid-centric in its design, it holds equal focus on providing space for parents with moderated playgroups, parent workshops, childcare and Pilates.  [READ MORE]


LITTLE WEEKEND: 5 Activities for Kids Under 5

 Family Concert and Anniversary Party at Recess – Mar 7, 11am-12pm – free for members, $10 per child for non-members – The acclaimed San Francisco based singer-songwriter Frances England will be returning to Recess! She’s bringing her new band and multi-media show to perform sweet songs expressing the joys and challenges of childhood. The Los Angeles Times describes her music perfectly, “Each song is a little treasure of creativity, artistry and heart.”

PDMA:  Small Business Spotlight 

Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association & Tree Ring Productions did an incredible job highlighting some of the businesses that make our neighborhood unique. Recess is delighted to have been included!




Little Lane

Drop-in Activities at Recess & other local venues

Have a free afternoon and looking to get out of the house? Tired of paying for a series of tot classes, and then missing half of them due to runny noses and shifting nap schedules? There are many great drop in class options for babies and toddlers in San Francisco, ranging from music to art to gymnastics to Spanish. Check these out on your next free day!

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Mommy Nearest

Must Visit: Recess Urban Recreation

"As so many of us have experienced, once you become a parent, your concept of time changes. What used to be a five-minute run to the store will now take forty-five minutes to account for diaper-changing, snack-packing, car-seat-fiddling, impromptu napping, and other extra steps.

With these various distractions it can be difficult to stick to any sort of plan, which is why Recess Urban Recreation is a fantastic resource for SF parents. While they provide plenty of scheduled playgroups, kids classes and workshops for parents, drop-in play is really at the heart of what they do. It’s a real stress reliever to know that you can swing by Recess if your whole day is running behind schedule, if you are in need of a last minute activity, or if your little one has extra energy to burn off before nap time. It is a great space for indoor fun on a rainy day or to let your kid roll up their sleeves on an art project when you don’t have time to deal with extra clean up at home."  See the full article.  

Bay Area Parent -- 2014 Winner for Best Indoor Playspace & Best Party Location

Every year parents around the Bay Area vote for their favorite museums, zoos, pediatricians, schools and more. The favorites may make it into the annual Best of the Best publication.

Recess got the most votes for San Francisco's Best Indoor Playspace and Best Indoor Party Location for the 6th year in a row!  Thank you for all of your votes and support!

Check out all the winners.


Red Tricycle's Totally Awesome Awards

2nd Place for Coolest Indoor Playspace 2013 

2nd Place for Coolest Indoor Playspace 2012

Daily Candy Kids

Reporting on where to play coast to coast, Recess makes Daily Candy’s short list! 
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Bay Area Parent

'Best of the Bay' awards

(2009 - 2013)

In the categories of Best Indoor Playspace, Best Spot for Kids Parties and Best Art Program, we've consistently been winners!

'Coolest Place To Hang Out with Other Parents' (2009)


Women Entrepreneur of The Year - San Francisco

Throughout the Bay Area, women entrepreneurs are making a real difference in their communities – mentoring others, leading by example, innovating within their industries and stimulating the local economy.

At Women’s Initiative, they celebrate all women in business, and created an award to showcase those who are going above and beyond.  Recess co-founders, Lisa Nowell & Kristin Jamieson, were incredibly honored to be amongst the winners in 2010... especially with the likes of these other AMAZING women:

Celia Sack, Omnivore Books  Eileen Hassi, Ritual Coffee Roasters Janine Popick, VerticalResponse Jennifer Piallat, Zazie Restaurant  Jill Litwin, Peas of Mind Laura van Galen, Bleu Marketing Solutions, Inc. Leigh Rawdon & Emily Meyer, Tea Lynn Jurich, SunRun Mariam Naficy, Nancy Charraga,


7x7 Magazine

Parenting by Zip-Code




San Francisco A-List,

by SF Gate 2nd Place, in "Best Family Fun" (2010)

SF Weekly


Voted Best Indoor Playspace (2010)

Bay Area Parent


Play Cafe Article (2008)

The Dish on Play Cafes
The Dish on Play Cafes

San Francisco Magazine

Going Back to Work?: Mother of all Recessions

As the Bay Area’s stay-at-home moms crash to reality, Diana Kapp wrestles with a provocative question: Can the financial meltdown do us all an enormous favor by forcing career women off the mommy track and back into the workforce?

The Full Article


SF Gate -

The Mommy Files Friday 5

From day one, Recess has incorporated live music into the special events, kids classes, and playspace activities.  Here is an early shout out for one of our shows, with the band Egg, from Southern California.

Check it out.

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