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August at Recess + Details about our New Location

As you probably know, Recess in Potrero Hill is open through 8/31 for play, parties & classes and then we'll be moving out to our new home on Taraval.

Read below to check out all the fun that's in store for both locations & our pre-opening deals this month and beyond.

Join us this month for:

- Saturday 8/11 for Family Yoga with It's Yoga Kids (10:30am, $25 for the whole family!). 
- Tuesdays 8/14 & 8/21 for our last two toddler chefs classes (4:30pm, sign up ahead of time!)
- Monday 8/20, Dance Party with Charity Kahn! (noon, $30, includes a day of play)

EXPECTING PARENTS - We have three spots left in September's Childbirth Prep Class, and 2 each in the October Childbirth prep & Newborn Care classes. https://www.recesscollective.org/prenatal

We'll be taking the month of September to relocate to our new location on Taraval, called Recess Collective & should be ready to welcome you this October/November! If you'd like to secure the cheapest prices for membership, join before August 31 with one of our founding packages.

Thank you to all of you who have already become part of our new community. We are super excited & grateful for your support. Looking forward to building a wonderful, cozy, inclusive community with you this year in our new home. I can't wait to share all the great programming we have in store! 

www.recesscollective.org/programs

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:

Shop Small!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

November 25, 9:30-12:30

PLAY - SHOP - HOLIDAY CHEER

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the small businesses that anchor our local communities and strengthen our economy.

You can show your support by joining us the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Recess to get some holiday shopping done, meet new local small business owners and let the little ones burn off some steam!   

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9:30-12:30:  Small Business Saturday - Pop Up Holiday shopping and Play in our front Studio Space!  DIY Gift Wrap Station, Mimosa Bar and Goodies, too.

9:30-12:30: Toy sale -- all toys are 10% off AND if you buy $25 in the Recess store, you can stay and play for free.

9-1pm:  Indoor Play ($20/family) with MUSIC TIME class in the playspace at 10-10:30am.

 

VISITING VENDORS

Lalee Kids is a heritage brand rooted in handwoven textiles. Our clothing is developed using socially and environmentally compliant practices in all steps of the production. We promote slow fashion and uphold fine craftsmanship while fairly compensating the artisans who weave our textiles and manufacture our clothing. We strongly believe the earth is finite and the choices we make give us a chance to preserve it for the future generations to enjoy. 

Lalee Kids is a heritage brand rooted in handwoven textiles. Our clothing is developed using socially and environmentally compliant practices in all steps of the production. We promote slow fashion and uphold fine craftsmanship while fairly compensating the artisans who weave our textiles and manufacture our clothing. We strongly believe the earth is finite and the choices we make give us a chance to preserve it for the future generations to enjoy. 

Melinda Gail is a bohemian spiritual accessories company for women. It began when Melinda was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She sketched angel cards and sewed bags to bring to chemo sessions. Other patients caught on, and a business was begun. A portion of all proceeds go to local Bay Area Young Survivors and Cleaning for a Reason. The collection includes angel kits, bags, shirts, candles and crystals. The goal of Melinda Gail is to remind women of their spirit and the divine help that surrounds them.

Melinda Gail is a bohemian spiritual accessories company for women. It began when Melinda was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She sketched angel cards and sewed bags to bring to chemo sessions. Other patients caught on, and a business was begun. A portion of all proceeds go to local Bay Area Young Survivors and Cleaning for a Reason. The collection includes angel kits, bags, shirts, candles and crystals. The goal of Melinda Gail is to remind women of their spirit and the divine help that surrounds them.

 
   Wee Wild Ones are designed to make decorating for your own kids fun and easy, and to let you give that thoughtful, unique gift for parents-to-be you've been imagining but can't seem to find.    

 

Wee Wild Ones are designed to make decorating for your own kids fun and easy, and to let you give that thoughtful, unique gift for parents-to-be you've been imagining but can't seem to find. 

 

S w i n g  is a modern, delightful & elegant jewelry line made in San Francisco.   Everyone needs a little Swing in their life!

S w i n g  is a modern, delightful & elegant jewelry line made in San Francisco.  Everyone needs a little Swing in their life!

 
   LuLaRoe is a California company that specializes in women's clothes in sizes 0 to 22. Comfortable, classy, affordable and unique! Only 5,000 pieces made in each print and size so every shipment is original. Start with the butter soft leggings and fall in love with the tops, skirts and dresses, some with pockets! 

 

LuLaRoe is a California company that specializes in women's clothes in sizes 0 to 22. Comfortable, classy, affordable and unique! Only 5,000 pieces made in each print and size so every shipment is original. Start with the butter soft leggings and fall in love with the tops, skirts and dresses, some with pockets! 

Beautycounter creates safe and effective skin care and cosmetics for women and their families. We meticulously screen our ingredients for safety, so your beauty rituals come with peace of mind. Beautycounter is on a mission to get safe products into the hands of everyone. 

Beautycounter creates safe and effective skin care and cosmetics for women and their families. We meticulously screen our ingredients for safety, so your beauty rituals come with peace of mind. Beautycounter is on a mission to get safe products into the hands of everyone. 

 

GOODIES! 

CRAFTSMAN Coffee:  We are a small batch, artisan coffee roaster passionate about bringing specialty coffee into Pacifica, CA. We are proud to serve the community by making each cup perfect. Coffee rituals should be enjoyed by everyone and are experiences to knit our community together!

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Recess invites you to enjoy the Mimosa Bar, snacks, and get into the holiday spirit with ONEHOPE Wine.

Preparing for Preschool

Navigating the first year as a parent is no easy feat.  And then all of a sudden, you're faced with thinking about preschools, the beginnings of your child's educational journey, which can feel totally daunting!  

Luckily there are a variety of great resources to assist you in your search.  Here are our tips for an informed, but not crazy-making, search.  

START WITH A LITTLE BACKGROUND RESEARCH.

First, it's worth doing a little (emphasis on little) general research to narrow down your choices.

  • Location: Between home and work is often best
  • Schedule: Do you need part time, full time, how many hours?
  • Fees: What is the family budget for child care?
  • Philosophy: What type of program will be the best fit for your child, given who they are?

As you start to consider which school philosophies seem like the best fit for your child's personality, check out this article for a quick glance at the various approaches --there's Montessori, Reggio Emilio, Waldorf, PlayBased, Academic, and more.  

This overview from the folks at Winnie is phenomenal and will give you an overall perspective on the search, cost and options. 

 

ATTEND PRESCHOOL PREVIEW NIGHT

(this year, it's hosted by GGMG at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park on Thursday, September 28, 5:30-7:30pm). This event can feel a bit chaotic, as it's typically super busy and there is a wealth of information under one roof.  We recommend checking out the list of schools who will be at the event ahead of time, and then narrowing down your MUST VISIT school list to 4 or 6 schools.  

As you visit your top schools, you can get the answers you need to more specific questions about philosophies, costs, schedules, pre-admission visits and more. You'll also have an opportunity to meet and talk with parents, preschool directors and other representatives to get a feel for the school and whether it meshes with what you're looking for.

 

START SCHEDULING TOURS & ATTENDING OPEN HOUSES. 

Once you've narrowed down your top choices, schedule open houses or tours or orientations, depending on the school's process.  Asking questions to assess whether or not each school is a right fit for your little one is important.  Here are some things to think about as you meet administration and parents from each school.  

 

WHAT TO DO IN THE MEANTIME?

While you are busy identifying and scoping out the right schools, help your child begin to develop familiarity with a drop-off environment, socializing with peers and, discovering interests.

The Precess Program at Recess is a great resource for establishing the foundational skills needed for a successful transition to Preschool.  Precess, taught by Nicki McGrath, has been an amazing precursor (and even alternative) to preschool for many children over the years.  Learn More