Recess will be closing our Potrero Hill Location on August 31, 2018. Read more about our closure and future plans here

Every day of play matters.

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

 Whether you are looking for a safe space for your child to romp, a place to party or some parent support, come to Recess to connect with other like minded families. Just like you, we value balance, creativity & sanity in the journey of raising an urban child. 


A Simplified approach to enrichment.

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.



Kid's Classes

great classes for infants through 4 year olds

There are classes to do together, some designed to begin to develop independence, and even a 3-day a week drop off camp! Recess members get a discount on classes. 


A space to play, hide, and explore

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. Free play space activities occur daily for members!


Parties and Rentals

From mini to diy to super fancy

We offer packages for 5-75 guests to celebrate a birthday, baby shower, family friendly holiday event or a simple get together. Regardless of the type of party, we'll provide the backdrop to make it a success!



an awesome community

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!

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

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



an educated community

Recess partners with vetted experts — pediatricians, nurses, psychologists, educators and more — to help you learn how to support your child’s development. Learn CPR, Baby Sign Language, Parenting a toddler and more.

Fitness Classes

pilates + Yoga for all 

Whether you are just starting out or have been doing group exercise for years, our instructors will provide options suitable to your needs.  Childcare in the playspace during class is offered at a discounted rate to make self care a little easier!


Space to Work

Co-working + Childcare

Depending on the type of work you need to get done (freelancing, working remotely, planning a vacation, or self care), Recess will provide the space for you to dedicate time to getting it done...with, or without, childcare.



Connect and get support

Family life these days means being on the go and trying to do it all without enough time or enough support. Remember that you are not alone. Recess’ playgroups were created as a way to connect and get support in one fell swoop.

Visit Recess today.

We accept a limited number of reservations for the playspace each day, and party reservations for up to a year in advance. Schedule your visit today.


Our Location

470 Carolina Street in Potrero Hill, San Francisco



Recess Hours

Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri:  9:30AM - 6PM

Sat & Sun:  9AM - 1PM

Closed on Wednesdays and Select Holidays.

On rainy days, we are open to Members only.


Make scheduling easy by downloading the Recess app!