Play Center

Offering outdoor playdates, walking groups and support for youth 0-5 and their caregivers.
Scroll down to learn more about what we have to offer.  

FREE Tuesday Playdates at Arcata Parks 

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. Caregivers have an opportunity to gain support from each other. In response to rising COVID transmission rates we’ve moved outdoors and will be exploring Arcata’s parks and playgrounds together. Please leave your personal toys at home. We will have some items in multiples to share. 

Do you have concerns about the impacts of the pandemic on your child's development? Developmental screening and enrichment resources are available by appointment. 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 years
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm – Playdates may be cancelled due to weather. See Arcata Play Center Facebook Page or Call 707.822.7091 for updates.
Facilitator: Desirae

COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations: Masking indoors and outdoors for everyone age two and older regardless of vaccination status in settings where there are multiple households.

PLAYDATE LOCATIONS: See Facebook page for updates

Jan. 18th  
Vinum Park
1450 F St between 14th and 15th St

Feb. 8th
Windsong Park
Maria Ct. go south on Janes at 11th St

Jan. 25th  
Cahill Park
1300 Stromberg Ave east of Alliance Rd

Feb. 15th 
Larson Park
901 Grant Ave

Feb. 1st
Stewart Park
1090 15th St

Feb. 22nd 
Westwood Manor Park
2175 Wisteria Way

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Play Center AUGUST 2021

Free February Infant Massage 
An infant’s first language is touch, and massage is a beautiful tool caregivers can use to establish a strong bond and create a healthy attachment. Curriculum will include infant development, infant-parent communication, bonding and attachment, consent, benefits of touch and the massage routine. Funded through a First Five Humboldt Partnership. Space is limited to five families. Please only register if you can commit to attending all four sessions. 

Pre-registration required through Arcata Recreation Office or call (707)825-2150.Infant massage

FREE 4-Week Class 

Dates: February 5 – February 26
Days/Times: Saturdays, 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Online information to follow
Facilitator: Elena

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

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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