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Carmel Blue's Prenatal Classes Coming to Recess

Recess is excited to announce that, in addition to our parenting and safety workshops you've come to rely on, we'll be adding Carmel Blue's acclaimed Prenatal classes to our services starting this July.  

Carmel Blue has been an amazing resource for new & expectant parents since 2010. Founder, Sharone Nassi, dedicated the past 8 years to creating a welcoming community place in North Beach, and helping new families set the foundations for a healthy, happy and supported parenting experience. Her mom/baby groups alone have served over 4500 moms and dads to date, and the childbirth preparation, newborn preparation and CPR classes have served countless more.

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Both Lisa Nowell, Recess' founder, & Sharone agree that in an ideal world, prenatal couples will come to expect support, community and education as an integral part of their prenatal experience. This eases the transition to parenting a newborn, receiving support and knowing how to access it after baby arrives.

By bringing the excellent prenatal support Sharone and her team have curated to the Recess community we've cultivated over the past decade, we will be able to continue to support parents for the full range of the early years.  

We are looking forward to extending the support Recess offers to new parents as we strive to create a culture of connection, support and play to lighten the load for families raising kids in San Francisco. 

 

Visit our Prenatal Page for Current Classes:

 

Recess' offerings for new parents

 

Questions?  Please reach out!

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Celebrating 10 years of business - play, community and wellness

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Thanks to the wonderful families in the Potrero Hill neighborhood (and beyond!), Recess Urban Recreation is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year! Join us in celebrating 10 years of community, play, and education at our facility. The party happens Saturday, May 19th from 9am-12pm.

The event will include snacks and drinks, live music entertainment (including Charity of the JAMband and Glenda Bates), face painting, crafts, a photobooth, and even mini massages. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all and thank the community for all the support of our small business these last 10 years. 

Suggested Donation: $10/person. You can preregister online or pay at the door!   All funds go to help build the newly formed Recess Collective.  

Thank you to our event sponsor, Help a Mother Out, and to Backspace for their in kind donation.

Refreshments include:
- Bare Snacks
- Pizza from Goat Hill Pizza
- Sandwiches from Hazel's Kitchen
- The Plant Cafe Organic will be sampling their vegan banana bread and signature fresh juices.
- refreshments sponsored by STEMful San Francisco

Raffle prices include:
- Almanac San Francisco Taproom gift certificate
- BookTree gift certificate
- Provender Coffee gift card
- Radiant Workspaces day passes

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CD Release Party - Live Music, Learning and Smoothies

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Mega Bloom is a lover of folk music and an early childhood educator.

Her debut album combines these two interests into a fun, musical experience for children, teachers and families. Join us to celebrate the release of this new CD!

Sunday, April 15, 3:30-5pm

Plus:

Drum Workshop with Craig Miller.  This workshop is an introduction to rhythm and the percussive instruments of the world. Children will be prompted to participate in body percussion and playing drums.

Lets Get Messy! New Class to support development and have fun

Fostering creativity helps children develop mentally, socially, and emotionally. Research indicates that creating art may boost young children's ability to analyze and problem-solve in myriad ways.

As kids manipulate a paintbrush, their fine motor skills improve. By counting pieces and colors, they learn the basics of math. When children experiment with materials, they dabble in science. Most important perhaps, when kids feel good while they are creating, art helps boost self-confidence. And children who feel able to experiment and to make mistakes feel free to invent new ways of thinking, which extends well beyond the craft room.

While we know that toddlerhood provides a valuable window of opportunity for kids to learn and develop the skills they need to succeed in life, sometimes it's easier said than done at home.  

Join us!

Recess' Mini Messy Art is a great introduction to sensory play in a teacher led environment.  Parents or caregivers along with 9-18mo olds join us for a sweet creative class designed to stimulate the senses and introduce new experiences.  Sign up below!

Our very popular Sensory Lab (child led stations) is open for drop-in play several times a week, too.  These open format stations are great for checking out new activities and revisiting old ones.  Stations rotate from play dough, painting on plexiglass, digging with rainbow sand to experimenting with light.  Open to members and anyone with a day-pass.

Early art experiences also teach kids to think openly, create new meaning, be more tolerant of others’ differences, and gives them the courage to take risks.

We hope  you'll join us to encourage art appreciation in your young child, and make the most out of those crucial learning years.

In the meantime, check out our favorite resources for art with toddlers: