Welcome to Playtime’s Parent Page

The Playtime Project partners with homeless shelters in Washington, D.C. to create safe and fun play spaces for the children where they live. (We are not a shelter:  if you are in need of shelter, contact the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center.)

Because our Playtime parents are important to us we’ve put together some resources to help you reach your goals for yourself and your family.

The Benefits of Playtime
Playtime staff and trained volunteers protect your children’s rights to learn and play by creating bright, clean play spaces with fun activities. Playtime aims to reduce stress for children and youth, and build healthy relationships with caring adults and other children. It also gives you time to relax and focus on you!

Our Programs
(Evenings only: approximately 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; each site may vary.)

Playtime Baby (6 months-2 years) and Big Kids (3-7 years) 
(D.C. General, DASH, Turning Point, and Quality Inn)
Our playrooms offer colorful play spaces stocked with toys, books and play costumes, and provide guided activities led by volunteers.

Preteen and Teen (8-18 years)
(D.C. General)
Held twice a week, Playtime’s Preteen and Teen programs support the unique developmental needs of youth in active living, wellness and empowerment. Volunteers organize activities, and serve as mentors and advocates.

Field Trip (all sites)
We schedule field trips for all program participants giving them time to explore the city. Trips have included:

  • Museums (Smithsonian, Wegmans Wonderplace)
  • Amusement parks
  • West Wing of the White House
  • National Arboretum
  • Local colleges and universities
  • Baseball games


Playtime also helps our Playtime families with:

  • Back-to-school supplies
  • Holiday gifts for children
  • Play costumes
  • Developmental milestones (Some tips to support your child’s development.)

Social Work Services
Our staff social worker provides Playtime families with a range of comprehensive services, including referrals, child care enrollment, parenting support, school advocacy, developmental screenings, benefits assessment, mental health support for parent and child, and more. If you need assistance accessing any of the above resources or additional services, please contact Playtime’s social worker at (202) 270-8729 or email sonia@playtimeproject.org.

How to Register
Visit the program at your location that you’re interested in for your child(ren) and complete a registration form. It’s that easy!

(202) 329-4481