We are a mindfully-designed, natural space where young children learn through play.
Daily Open Play
Thoughtfully designed by a pair of experienced early childhood educators inspired by the art and science of emergent play.
Masks are currently optional at Playforest for all guests.
Our play space is thoroughly sanitized each day with a combination of high-temperature steam cleaning and a naturally-derived, EPA-listed disinfectant.
Current Open Play Hours
Open Play is for ages 0-6 years.
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WALK-IN AFTERNOON PLAY
(Tickets Purchased At The Door)
Powered by Imagination
Playforest is a unique combination of modern family gathering place and integrative, hands-on children's learning center - with the whimsical spirit of an adventure down a Pacific Northwest trail.
Our materials and activities are curated by two early childhood educators drawing on the art and science of authentic, imaginative play.
Built for Families
Raising children is a complicated journey, best undertaken with the friendship of fellow parents! Playforest is a place to meet other families and allow children time to fulfill their developing social needs with their peers.
Young children interact with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through hands-on engagement. Our space is full of high-quality STEAM materials that invite them to freely explore technical concepts with play-based trial and iteration.
Sensory activities are invitations to engage in hands-on creative processes - an essential form of learning for young children. Playforest provides daily sensory play materials, presented in an array of irresistible themes!
We love for kids to explore and we reflect that in the design of our space and activities. Adults and children alike will enjoy our aesthetic; natural and adventurous - like a warm August evening at summer camp.
Inspired Play, Thoughtful Events, Curated Shopping, and more!
Make a playdate with old friends or join a weekly reserved playgroup to meet new ones. Browse our curated selection of awesome family goods or get tickets to attend one of our upcoming shows and classes.
Supporting a community of curious, thriving families.
Playforest works by providing a thoughtfully designed space that inspires your little one’s innate process of experimentation! While you’re here you’ll dig and discover in our beach sand, interact with airflow using our wind tunnel, explore our interactive light tools and so much more.
Experiential learning is what children are built to do. It is fulfilling to their whole being and leads them to discover everything that makes the world spin around them.
Reserved Weekly Playgroups
Playgroups are a great way to meet other parents while your child engages in quality play. Playforest educators specially curate our material selection to the developmental stage of each group.
Your group will meet for a private session at the same time each week for 8 weeks which fosters new friendships and a progressive engagement of play with each visit.
We offer playgroups in a variety of age ranges to perfectly match each stage of your child’s growth.
A Campfire Story
The Journey Begins
Ten years ago, we were a young couple inspired to combine our passions for innovative early childhood education and connecting with the natural world.
We formed Little Seeds Farm School – an urban farm preschool in Sellwood. After finishing her degree in early childhood education, Brittany sold her car to just barely fund this initial venture into teaching.
Brimming with huge ideas and enthusiasm we were off!
Luckily, our school has proven to be more successful and fulfilling than we could have ever imagined!
A Winding Road
We would go on to get married and have a daughter (Winnie!) of our own all while teaching children and further developing our unique educational approach.
Having witnessed the value of an immersive, child-led environment on so many students at our preschool, we started dreaming of a concept to share what we had learned about designing rich play with a wider community.
Learning, Growing, and Innovating
Playforest was born with a mission to offer a joyful space of play filled with quality tools that are catalysts for imagination.
These days you can find us continuing to practice our first love as teachers at Little Seeds Farm School while designing and running Playforest. We are so grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to explore the endlessly surprising art of authentic play each day!
Thank you for being a part of our growing community. Each family we meet is truly appreciated and welcomed. We would be thrilled to meet you and your little one at Playforest!