Play Center

We're Back Outdoors!
Starting Monday, May 10, 2021

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. 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 (weather permitting)
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Facilitators: Martina, Clay and Naomy
El Centro de Juegos tiene un facilitadores que habla español. Ven a conocer a Martina y Naomy.
Suggested Donation: $3 drop-in per day

COVID-19 Public Health Requirements for Outdoor Playgroup Meetings:

  • Facial Coverings are required for everyone age 2 and up.
  • Physical distancing of at least six feet is required between family groups or pods. 
  • Do not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or recent (last two weeks) exposure to people with symptoms or known positive COVID cases. 
  • Families must notify Playgroup Leaders if they experience symptoms after attending Playgroup or learn that they had been exposed to COVID prior to attending.
  • Outdoor Playgroup is not recommended for children with additional risk factors, or families in close contact with high risk adults.

Visit our Facebook page and join the fun online!

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 New Caregivers and Infants 0-1 year
Enroll onto the Waitlist! We are working to create more groups!

Febrero 19 - Marzo 26, 2021

Nuevo Grupo de Caminata - Para hispanohablantes
Para nuevoa padres e infantes de 0-1 años
 Arcata Marsh

Cada Viernes del mes  
Tiempo de circulo: 10:00 - 10:45 AM
Caminata can bebes en carriola o cargador: 10:45 - 11:30 AM

Abril 7 - Junio 26, 2021
Nuevo Grupo de Caminata - Para hispanohablantes
Para nuevoa padres e infantes de 0-1 años
Arcata Marsh

Cada Sabado del mes  
Tiempo de circulo: 10:00 - 10:45 AM
Caminata can bebes en carriola o cargador: 10:45 - 11:30 AM

Faciitadora: Naomy Nevarez 
Gratis. Preregistracion requerida. Llamen a Naomy para registrarse (323) 781-6042.


Facilitadora: Naomy Nevarez es una maestra preescolar de tres años. Enseño español en escuelas preescloares por dos de esos años y tambien sirvio como una tutora para niños de familias Latinas. Naomy es una estudiante en Humboldt State University con una especializacion en estudios religiosos y una enfasis en estudios Nativo Americanos. Sus metas con este programa son empoderar famlias Latinx en la communidad y proveerles oportunidades para participar en actividades enriquecedoras. 

April 2 - June 25, 2021
 Arcata Marsh 

Every Friday of the month  
Blanket Time: 10:00 - 10:45 AM
Walk with babies from 10:45 - 11:30 AM
(Babies in carriers or strollers)

Facilitated by Naomy Nevarez

Facilitator: Naomy Nevarez is a bilingual preschool teacher of three years. She taught bilingual preschool classes for two of those years and also served as a tutor for children of Spanish speaking families. Naomy is also an HSU student majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Native American Studies. Her goals are to empower the Latinx community in Humboldt County and provide enrichment activities for families and children. 

April 1 – June 24, 2021

McKay Tract Eureka
Meet at Redwood Acres Parking Lot

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

Facilitated by Rachel Richan 
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.

April 6 – June 29, 2021

Mal’el Dunes (Tides permitting)
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
*Hike with babies in carriers from 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Arcata Community Forest (Redwood Park)
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 
*Blanket Time. 12:00 - 12:45 PM and then babies into carriers for a
Forest Therapy walk from 12:45 - 1:30 PM

Facilitated by Scarlet Roley
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Facilitator: Scarlet Roley IFEC-TMHP, RPF I is founder of Seaside Schoolhouse, a nature based family support service provider since 2012 and has been working to support children and families for over 16 years. She is an ANFT certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Infant Family & Early Childhood Trans disciplinary Mental Health Practitioner and Reflective Practice Facilitator. As a new mother she looks forward to supporting other new parents in these ever changing times.

Modifications have been made to ensure compliance with State and County health and safety regulations. Face coverings, physical distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be required for staff and participants to ensure everyone’s safety. Additional time will be taken for wellness screenings. Families who have traveled or had visitors from out of the area or had possible exposure to COVID-19 must wait 14 days before attending group.

Funding provided by Arcata Recreation Division and First 5 Humboldt.
Participation is free and limited to 5 families with infants 0-1 year per session. 

Pre-registration required enroll online or call 707-825-2150.
* Be sure to enroll all family members participating including your infant! 

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