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 parental/prenatal 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. 

We’ve moved to the Outer Sunset!

Check out our schedule of prenatal workshops, parent workshops, party availability & membership options!  

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.  Leave the stress of scheduling behind. As a member, our space becomes your little oasis. Come and go as you please!


A space to play, hide, and explore, all rooted in best practices

Our entire center is intentionally designed to support early development so that you, as a parent, can join in on the fun or comfortably watch and be there to interact as your child plays.  Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It is through play that children at a very early age engage & interact in the world around them. In addition to the engaging space, join us for free activities occur throughout the week for members!


Ages & Stages

Play is important to healthy brain development for all ages

Early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health.  We aim to educate families on birthing options and postpartum support so that they can step confidently into parenthood. Then, we strive to address the intangible stumbling blocks of raising kids in an urban environment.  By building a small, connected & inclusive village, we can lighten the load.


Parties and Rentals

From DIY to super fancy

We offer the perfect family-friendly space 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  

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 / members only

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.

If it wasn’t for Recess I would have not met the majority of the families I did. After moving from the East Coast and finding your sanctuary it quickly became home. Home for the super tired days when parenting felt hard, home for the days when my LO felt like running into street traffic and we needed a safe place to release our energy and a safe, nonjudgmental space that we all quickly learned to love. Thank you ❤️


The Playspace is primarily membership based. During normal business hours, we accept a limited number of reservations for the playspace each day (members are free to come and go anytime), and party reservations for up to a year in advance. If you’re interested in a quick tour, feel free to drop by during regular business hours. We’d love to show you around. Recess classes, workshops and other services are open to members & non-members alike.

Our Location

2226 Taraval St (at 32nd Ave), San Francisco


Recess Hours

M, T, Th, F: 9:30am - 5:30pm
S & S: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Closed on select holidays: MLK Jr Day, Easter, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend, Xmas Week.

Closed on Wednesdays.

On rainy days, we are open to Members only.