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Four Things to Know About Recess Urban Recreation
“90% of brain development happens in the first five years of life,” proclaims Recess Urban Recreation’s website. It’s a compelling reminder that kids should experience lots of things while they’re young. Recess—equal parts playspace and classroom—provides kids with the opportunity to do just that. Whether during open play or in structured classes, tykes ages 0 to 4 get the chance to learn, touch, and experience while having fun. Read on to learn more:
It’s a big space with small architecture. While the space provides plenty of room for kids to run, not to mention interact with full-sized parents, it also boasts kid-sized structures that encourage experimentation and play. These include low shelves, short tables, and plenty of grabbable objects.
The play space contains everything kids need to safely learn and grow. Clean carpets underfoot provide padding for toppling toddlers, while soothing colors on the walls help keep them calm and focused. Most importantly, colorful toys occupy just about every nook and cranny of the room, from plastic cars and balls to friendly stuffed creatures.
Reservations are required. Unless you’re already a member, it’s important to make reservations when planning a visit. The center’s staff—a team of development specialists, nutritionists, and more—like to give kids personal attention, so they limit the number of players in the space.
There’s more to it than open play. The play space also serves as a classroom for both parents and children. Members and guests can both register for classes to learn from childhood development professionals, ranging from pediatricians and nutritionists to educators in the sciences and arts.