Play Center

We're Indoors Again!

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 for Indoor Playgroup Meetings:

  • Facial Coverings are required for everyone age 2 and up.

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 Group for New Caregivers and Infants 0-1 year

Ongoing Drop-in *FREE*

Sequoia Park
Meet at the tree slide

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.

First 5 Humboldt