The goal of 60 Days of Summer Recreation is to provide 60 opportunities for families to increase public participation, stimulate emotional growth, and promote physical activity in areas lacking positive environments for recreation using our pop-up recess events. At our pop-up recess events, we focus on playing large-scale games that have a low barrier of entry and require a unique combination of skill and teamwork. Our events start with ‘old school recess’ — where we drive to a vacant outdoor space, setup an art space, announce our presence with fun age appropriate music, and setup our recreational equipment (Frisbees, ‘Skip its’, hula hoops, Bounce Houses, inflatable basketball courts, inflatable soccer courts, Zorbs, etc.) for the community to use. During our events, play is unstructured, and attendees are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to create their own games while meeting other neighbors. When there are enough participants, our Recess Coordinators begin organizing group games like Capture the Flag, Soccer, Battle Ball, Battle Soccer, Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, Joust, Bounce House Dodgeball, Whiffle Ball, and more. In between games, we create contests where often the winner receives tickets to a local attraction. With the support of food donations from individuals and other community organizations we often share food. Last summer we fed over 1000 of the 5000 attendees.
Recess Cleveland has HUGE plans for 2019. After a successful 2018, that featured 75 events and over 7000 attendees, we’re planning to throw 60+ FREE Recess events this summer alone and bring the fun of Recess Cleveland to over 10,000 people in 2019…yes, TEN THOUSAND kids (and adults).
But we need YOUR help to reach our goal…
Please show your support by completing one (or more) of the following:
- Suggest a venue or public space for a future Recess Cleveland event
- Help us raise money by supporting our crowdfunding campaign: 60 Days of Summer Recreation
- Share, share, and share again. Spread the word!
- Donate New or slightly used equipment
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and/or Instagram.
- Add yourself to the Recess Cleveland Newsletter (near the bottom of this page)
- Share, share some more, and share again
These Recess Cleveland Summer Event Series will be a BLAST. Feel free to bring friends. Please SHARE this page with your networks.
How much does it cost to attend a 60 Day of Summer Recreation event?
With support from partners, sponsors, and donors like you…we hope to keep the bus 100% free to attend.
Who organizes the games?
Trained Recess Cleveland Staff accompanied by volunteers like you organize one of the 65 different games we currently have in our arsenal of games. Interested in volunteering? <a href=”/volunteer”>Click here to register as a volunteer</a>
What's the schedule of events?
We update the calendar throughout the summer, but to see the latest public events visit <a href=”/events/”>our events page</a>. Email [email protected] for any questions regarding events.
Can I invite Recess Cleveland to our birthday party or private event?
Sure, if we’re available. View our <a href=”/sample”>sample proposal</a> to see the pricing for our programming. Then when you’re ready, <a href=”/plan”>start planning your next event with us</a>.
How can I support this program?
Great news! We were approved for a matching grant on the IOBY platform. <a href=”/donate/”>Click here to double your impact</a>.