OUR PROGRAMS

Nationally, 42% of schools nationally have canceled recess. Also, low-income neighborhoods are the least likely to have resources to provide physical activity to their residents. Recess Cleveland believes play should not be a privilege and brings opportunities for play to all families, regardless of their race, gender, zip code, or socioeconomic status. Learn about our approach, the solutions we fund, and our partners on the ground below.

Year Round (Active and in-person)

The Fun Labs is our family entertainment center featuring our rotating attractions including dodgeball/gellyball courts, bounce gyms, soft play area, recessLabs STEM space, and other fun play activities.

St. Clair- Superior Location opening in February 2021. Text FUN to 216-242-2282 for more updates and discounted tickets.

TBD

Our family-friendly pop-up Recess events featuring kickball, dodgeball, bounce houses, art, music, dancing, and other fun play activities in neighborhoods lacking safe spaces to play. This program is formerly known as 70 Days of Summer Recreation.
10 weekly events in 7 Neighborhoods starting in June 2022. Neighborhoods TBD. Text RESTOREREC to 216-242-2282 if you would like to receive updates or vote to bring recess to your neighborhood.

TBD

Each summer, the City of Cleveland hosts Recess Cleveland’s Restore Recess programming at 3-4 recreation centers for FREE.

5 different rec centers

1pm – 4pm
Our famous pop-up Recess events (with an emphasis on learning through play) featuring kickball, dodgeball, bounce houses, art, music, dancing, and other fun play activities. Available before school, during school, after school, and out of school.
Locations TBD. We’re in the planning phase for over 50 pop-up events at schools, and one fun summer camp. Text CAMP to 216-242-2282

TBD

Recess Cleveland will give our supporters the opportunity to team up and compete against their peers in classic recess games at one of our pop-up recess locations.
Exibition league play starts soon. Recruiting for summer leagues starts in mid-April. Text LEAGUES to 216-242-2282 for latest updates.

TBD

Recess Playgroups invites people of all ages to sign up for invites to playgroups featuring some of their favorite games or our traditional recess events in smaller groups based on age, neighborhood, or interest.
Actively recruiting in several neighborhoods

TBD

Inspired by RecessKits, RecessPods are a shipping container or enclosed trailer filled with play equipment and game instructions curated by Recess Cleveland.
TBD

TBD

In partnership with Trust for Public Land, Park in the Box delivers a pop-up Recess programming, a community meeting space, and a work space to play deserts.
TBD

TBD

Virtual Play Programming

Recess Labs is our mobile RV tech lab that encourages visitors to learn coding through e-gaming
Virtual
Starting in April
Recess at Home families the opportunity to compete in classic recess games, Minuite to Win It mini-games, and play challenges for prizes from the comfort of their own home.
Virtual, starting in April

Starting in February 2021

Additional Play Equity Services

PLAYmakers is our monthly donor program (aka Friends of Recess Cleveland).
Actively recruiting
TBD
The Fun Bus not only provides FREE transportation to recess events it provides round-trip excursions to sporting events, parks, and attractions for contest winners and supporters.
Ongoing
TBD
Play Champions invites community play organizers to apply for mini-grants, market their events on our platform, borrow play equipment at no cost, and grow their play community in their neighborhood with our support.
Actively recruiting in several neighborhoods
TBD
Provides on-site logistical support and marketing support to Cleveland-based organizations who wish to host fundraisers featuring recess and/or organized sports.
TBD
Launching June 2021
In 2021, we decided to create a social enterprise to fulfill event requests that fall outside the mission of our nonprofit, e.g. birthday parties. 20% of all proceeds from Epic Fun Party bookings are donated to Recess Cleveland.
TBD

Launching March 2022

Inactive Programming (out of season or needs funding)

Play Libraries are lockers filled with various play items you may sign-up to borrow for up to a week strategically placed in libraries, rec centers, and partner sites.
Needs funding
TBD
A RecessKit is a 5 gallon bucket filled with 70 play items and ideas for 20 games you can play with the items in the bucket.
Needs funding
TBD

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