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.
(Effective 10/1/23) All playing children must wear a pair or skid-resistant (grippy) socks while at Playforest. You may bring a pair from home or purchase a high-quality pair at the Playforest front desk for $4/pair. Adults will continue to be asked to remove shoes...
Daily Open Play
Thoughtfully designed by a pair of experienced early childhood educators inspired by the art and science of emergent play.
Reserve a ticket for one of our engaging Open Play sessions for children ages 0-4 years.
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. This authentic play is fulfilling to their whole being and leads them to discover everything that makes the world around them spin.
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.
The Playforest Campfire Story
Ten Years Ago…
Brittany and Geoff were a young couple inspired to combine their passions for innovative early childhood education and connecting with the natural world.
With the goal of sharing this love with the community, the pair built Little Seeds Farm School – an urban farm preschool in Sellwood. After finishing her degree in early childhood education, Brittany sold her trusty Honda Accord to just barely fund this initial venture into teaching.
Brimming with huge ideas and enthusiasm they were off!
Luckily, Little Seeds Farm School was a success…and the two spent over a decade working with so many inspiring children and families.
A Winding Road
Brittany and Geoff would go on to get married and have a daughter (Winnie!) of their own – all while teaching children and further developing their unique educational approach.
Having witnessed the value of an immersive, child-led environment on so many students at their preschool, the pair started dreaming of concepts to share what they had learned about designing rich play and building communities in a unique new way.
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. Brittany and Geoff love to share the feeling of peace they get when connecting with others about the joys and trials of modern parenthood. The two look forward to continuing to create fun new settings for young families to gather, meet, and play!