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.


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


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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


Investing in your child's early development

A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three—producing more than a million neural connections each second.  Our goal at Recess is to provide space to support that incredibly active time in your baby's and toddler's early learning, while also supporting your core needs. 

We invite you to join in for play in the playspace, and check out our services specifically for parents and grown ups.  These include workshops, playgroups, fitness and our co-working space.  "Support" means different things to different parents and caregivers.  If there are ways we can assist your family's journey as you grow, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Learn more about the crucial role you play in building your baby’s brain, get your questions answered, and find some fun “brain-building” activities to share with your little one by checking out our upcoming workshops and visiting our space.



The development of the brain is influenced by many factors, including a child’s relationships, experiences and environment.  Engaging in play with your little one is a great way to connect and support development simultaneously.  

10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

1. Children learn through their play.
Don’t underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:

cognitive skills – like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store
physical abilities – like balancing blocks and running on the playground
new vocabulary – like the words they need to play with toy dinosaurs
social skills – like playing together in a pretend car wash
literacy skills – like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant

2. Play is healthy.
Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.

3. Play reduces stress.
Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.

4. Play is more than meets the eye.
Play is simple and complex. There are many types of play: symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules-–to name just a few. Researchers study play’s many aspects: how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.

5. Make time for play.
As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children’s learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.

6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand.
They are not separate activities. They are intertwined. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child’s lab.

7. Play outside.
Remember your own outdoor experiences of building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Make sure your children create outdoor memories too.

8. There’s a lot to learn about play.
There’s a lot written on children and play. Here are some NAEYC articles and books about play. David Elkind’s The Power of Play (Da Capo, 2007 reprint) is also a great resource.

9. Trust your own playful instincts.
Remember as a child how play just came naturally? Give your children time for play and see all that they are capable of when given the opportunity.

10. Play is a child’s context for learning.
Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved through completing a worksheet. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks. Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem.

Laurel Bongiorno, PhD, is the director of Champlain College’s graduate program in early childhood education, with specializations in teaching and administration, in Burlington, Vermont. She has taught preschool, directed early childhood programs, and studied parents’ perceptions of preschoolers’ learning through play.

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CD Release Party - Live Music, Learning and Smoothies


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


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.