Play

Everyone needs play - Inclusive Playgroups for children with Autism

Facilitating Play and building meaningful friendships for children with disabilities and their peers.

Wednesdays at 10am (when Recess is closed to the public).

Led by an Autism Specialist, our unique playgroups provide an exciting opportunity for children of all abilities to come together to learn, play, and grow. The groups will be led by experienced play facilitators, who will plan creative and engaging activities.

The play will give the children a chance to interact with each other, practice social skills and communication, pretend, and explore a variety of different toys and materials. The Recess Collective play space features toys and equipment for gross motor play, manipulation and sensory play, cooperative games, and pretend play. The space will be sensory friendly and the routines will be predictable and safe for children of all ability levels.

FAQs 

Who can join? 
Children between the ages of 0-4. We will group children together based on their age as much as possible.

What if my child has behavior problems? 
The play facilitators are trained behaviorists and special educators, who have experience helping children with challenging behaviors. They will work with the family to develop a plan to prevent and respond appropriately to challenging behaviors as they come up.

What if my child is nonverbal? 
We would love to have children who communicate differently join our group. We look forward to teaching their peers about sign language, gestures, and AAC devices. If your child is nonverbal because they are just not developmentally ready to speak, that is also great! We will be learning about social cues and communication for infants and toddlers.

Who will facilitate? 
The lead facilitator will be Janelle Dowling, MA. She is the owner of Our Autism Specialist, LLC. She provides support for inclusive practices in preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools all over the Bay Area. She also organizes and leads several play groups for children ranging in age from 0-18. She has a masters and credential as an Education Specialist with a focus in Extensive Support Needs. She also has an endorsement from the California DeafBlind program, where she learned about working with children with multiple sensory challenges.

Although Janelle’s business focuses primarily on providing consultation and direct support to families with children and teens with autism, she has taught and supported children who experience a variety of disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Angelman’s Syndrome, ADHD, and children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Please do not hesitate to contact us and see if the group and the staff’s experience feel like a good fit for your child. Janelle will also be partnering with volunteers to support the groups and will be recruiting to find adults who are the best match for our participants.

When do the groups meet? 
Every Wednesday except the last one of each month. There will be two groups. The first will meet from 10-10:45am and from 11:15-12pm.

What will happen there? 
The agenda might vary slightly each week and depending on the group’s needs, but we will include greetings, music, snack, an organized group activity, and some free play before clean up.

How much will it cost? 
The cost is $18 per session and we prefer that families pay for 3 sessions at a time in a $45 package.

Please spread the word!

Spring Fest Fundraiser at Recess Collective

Our first annual fundraiser is shaping up to be an awesome afternoon of family fun.

Join us on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 1-5pm.

Tickets include an afternoon with live music, face painting, play, food & drink and a raffle.

Proceeds will go toward offering subsidized memberships to families in need, enhancing the playspace with additional interactive exhibits, and bringing in local artists and musicians.

  • The Schedule!
    - Local musician, Charity Kahn, will play from 3:30-415.
    - Miss Nicki will be doing face painting 2-4:30pm
    - Pumpspotting will be on site with their 40 foot RV featuring breastfeeding amenities
    - The Playspace will be open for free play,
    and
    - Art activities and sensory play available throughout the afternoon.

  • Raffle!
    Enter for your chance to win prizes from local businesses & restaurants, such as Messy Art Lab, Gift Certificate to Monkei Miles, Tunnel Records prize pack, a weekend in Sea Ranch.

  • Food and drink will also be available from our neighborhood local businesses!

Grab your tickets while they’re still available, $15

 

Tickets are limited.
Purchase yours here:

 

Can’t make it, but would like to support the cause?


Charity is an incredible musician, member of the Recess Collective, and human being. She’ll be playing her positive, uplifting originals starting at 3:30.

Charity is an incredible musician, member of the Recess Collective, and human being. She’ll be playing her positive, uplifting originals starting at 3:30.

At the event, join pumpspotting  to get  #onboardforbreastfeeding ! follow the  #breastexpress , a 40-foot RV nursing & pumping suite! learn more at  pumpspotting.com .

At the event, join pumpspotting to get #onboardforbreastfeeding! follow the #breastexpress, a 40-foot RV nursing & pumping suite! learn more at pumpspotting.com.

The Sunset is the Place To Play in 2019!

As we move into 2019, we look forward to our first year of play in the Sunset. We have lots in store for the months to come including intergenerational activities with local seniors, Monday playgroups for new parents, monthly live music, & weekly (stress free) drop in activities included in membership such as storytime, music time and sensory lab!

Join us!

HOURS FOR PLAY

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

S & S: Play 9:30am - 12:30pm

  • Mornings and Rainy Days are reserved for Members only.

  • Single day passes will are available 1:30-5:30 on weekdays & select weekend mornings 9:30-12:30

  • Wednesdays, Recess is closed.  

  • Closed  Xmas Week 12/22-1/1. MLK Jr Day, Easter, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend

Join as a member and give your family the gift of play

RECESS MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:

  • Use of our full playspace and cafe area anytime, no reservation needed

  • Free access to member activities and special events like member mixers and family concerts

  • Discounted pricing on Recess services, including birthday parties, parent workshops, kid's classes, co-working, and fitness

  • Access to drop-off childcare

  • guest passes for friends

  • Memberships include the entire family, never pay for parents or caregivers

Join before 1/30 and Save! 

Show your support and join our community. All introductory offers are available for your family, to gift to a friend/grandchild/neighbor, or to purchase for a family in need.

SEE CURRENT OFFERS

WORKSHOPS

Over the past decade, we've had the opportunity to work with some of the most highly-regarded professionals in San Francisco.  We're thrilled to be able to continue to bring them to you, face-to-face, in support of your journey as a parent. Check out the full workshop schedule here.

Coming Up In January

Brain Development 101 (0-12mo) 1/10
Potty Training 1/15
Infant Sleep 1/19
CPR - Infant, Child & Adult Life and Choke saving (w/ 2 year certification) 1/22
New Parent Groups Begin! 1/28

---> More & Sign ups at www.recesscollective.org/workshops

PARTIES

Recess parties allow you to bring whatever food & drink you'd like, let the kids run free, and they give you the time to enjoy yourself.  After all, it's a celebration for the grown-ups too! Pre-opening pricing is only good through Dec 22.

  • PARTY TIMES:  S & S 1:30-3:30 & 4:30-6:30.  See the app/website for availability.  www.recesscollective.org/party

  • $385 (Increasing to $425), See the app/website for availability.  

  • Cap is 45 people

  • BYO plates, utensils, etc.  

  • Any food/drink is ok