Play Center

Arcata Play Center is CLOSED until COVID transmission rates go back down to ensure the health and safety of families and children. Scroll down to see other programming options. 

The Arcata Recreation Division, with funding from First 5 Humboldt, offers a play group for families with children newborn to 5 years. Playgroup is a safe and comfortable environment for children to interact with other children while learning important playtime social skills. Activities include drawing, books, tricycles, Duplo blocks, play kitchen, musical instruments in addition to many other toys. Caregivers have an opportunity to gain support from each other.

Do you have concerns about the impacts of the pandemic on your child's development? Developmental screening and enrichment resources are available on Mondays. Arcata Play Center is invested in Ages and Stages developmental screening. We are proud to use the #1 developmental and social-emotional screeners to give kids a great start in life. Ask a facilitator how you and your child can get involved.

Ages: Newborn - 5
Location: D St Neighborhood Center, 1301 D St. in Arcata
Days: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Facilitators: Martina, Desirae and Joyce
El Centro de Juegos tiene un facilitador que habla español ven a conocer a Martina los Lunes y Martes.
Suggested Donation: $3 drop-in per day

COVID-19 Public Health Requirements:

  • Masking indoors and outdoors for everyone age two and older regardless of vaccination status in settings where there are multiple households

COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations

  • Keep interactions to within a single household
  • Maintain physical distancing
  • Minimize risk by holding gathering outdoors

Visit our Facebook page and join the fun online!

Play Center AUGUST 2021
Only Through Observation We Really Learn Who a Child Is

The Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) is an infant-focused, family-centered relationship-based tool, designed to sensitize caregivers to their baby's competencies and individuality, in order to foster positive parent-infant interactions.

Funded through a DHHS/First 5 ACEs Collaborative Partnership.
For newborns 0-3 months and their caregivers. 
Free Virtual Participation Includes: Teether, Rattle and Light. 
Trained Facilitators, Scarlet and Elena, offer individual sessions.

Call (707) 825-2150 to get involved.
Check out the flyer for more details.

Outdoor Walking Groups for Caregivers and Infants

Beginning Again in November

Sequoia Park
Meet at the tree slide
For caregivers of infants 0-3 years

Every Thursday of the month  
Walk with babies from 9:00 - 10:30 AM
(Babies in carriers)

Facilitator: Rachel Richan
Call Recreation for more information (707) 822-7091.

Facial Coverings for ages 2 and up, Required. 

Rachel Richan

Facilitator: Rachel Richan is a Nuerofeedback Technician certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Trauma Informed Care. She is currently researching Mind-Up, a social/emotional learning program designed to enhance self awareness, problem solving, attention, self-regulation, and pro-social behavior in young children. As someone who has lived with trauma and as a new mother, she looks forward to providing scientifically proven tools to reduce stress and provide support to other caregivers during these trying times.

11 de Septiembre - 11 de Diciembre, 2021 *GRATIS* 


Nuevo Grupo de Caminata - Para hispanohablantes
Para nuevas madres, padres e infants de 0-1 años

Arcata Marsh
Nos encontraremos en el estacionamiento de la calle I 
(I St. Parking lot) en el Arcata Marsh

Cada Sábado del mes  
(27 de Noviembre no habrá encuentro por Thanksgiving)
Caminata con bebes en carriola o cargador: 10:00 - 10:45 AM
Tiempo de círculo: 10:45 - 11:30 AM



Facilitadora: Rocio Gutierrez Luna 

Gratis. Pre Registración requerida. 
Llamar a Rocío para registrarse (707) 362-0322.

Rocio Gutierrez Luna

Facilitadora: Rocio Gutiérrez Luna es una mamá que está finalizando sus estudios para ser profesora de danzas argentinas para todas las edades, y tiene especial experiencia enseñando a niñxs. Su meta con este programa es crear conexiones fortalecedoras con y entre las familias latinas de la comunidad en un espacio respetuoso, amigable e inclusivo, el cual, ambientado en la rica naturaleza del Arcata Marsh será un estimulante para lxs niñxs.

First 5 Humboldt