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Recess Urban Recreation


Lisa, an educator, and Kristin, a physical therapist, both believed fervently in the power of play (for everyone, but especially for very young children). They envisioned a place where parents could come, sit down with a cup of coffee and chat with other parents while their kids ran free in a fun and safe indoor space.

The idea was so organically good that Recess became a reality just a short time later in the sunny Potrero Hill district of San Francisco. Since Recess' opening, in January 2008, it has become space to play for nearly 3,000 local families. The Pilates classes, tasty coffee, and good magazines keep parents happy. Kids have the time of their lives (and burn off energy!) in the huge area dedicated to free play and fun, engaging classes.

And Recess continues to grow and evolve with our community. Over the years, we have added new parent groups, a fantastic art studio, yoga classes, family concerts, and a retail area for local artists, musicians and authors. Recess members have described our community center as “paradise” and “a second home."

Over the years, Recess has been recognized as a unique business in the Bay Area. We are absolutely humbled by all of the support, kind words, press and awards we've received.


Lisa Nowell