Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play is a place where we strive to enrich the lives of others through participation in our cooperative community. We are a place where children play, parents socialize, and kids toys and outgrown clothes are swapped. Through hosting family activities, playgroups, and kids music events, we hope to foster a sense of community, trust, and well-being for all families.
Beth Ivester started Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play three years ago after having her second child. She was inspired by other swap n play communities in the city, (there are five separately owned/operated locations now), and wanted to create a community in NE Portland where families support one another in a variety of ways through the swap n play model: sharing, reusing, living, and learning together.
If you are looking to join a swap n play in your neighborhood check out:
St. Johns Swapnplay
Eastside Swap and Play
Southside Swap and Play
Harrison Hill Swap and Play
Testimonials from WSP Members:
Swap and Play provided us with a play space and a community as newcomers to Portland, allowing me to connect with other parents as our children played, and creating community in this very isolated phase of early parenthood! It also defines what I love about Portland, a city where people connect in meaningful ways, and to swap resources in a culture of excess is absolutely precious! – Carolina, mother of 3 year old twin boys.
Woodlawn Swap and Play has been an amazing place for my 5 and 2 year old to meet up with other kiddos and play, to exchange shoes, clothes, toys and books, and for me as a Mama to either chat with other parents, or have some down time and drink my coffee while the kids play with new toys and new friends. – Felicia
My favorite part of WSP is the community. We’ve met so many families and kids to play with, and we are meeting more and more all the time! -Ellie, mother to Ruby, 14 mos. – Ellie
What We Do
Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play is a place where families work together to create and promote community. In our cooperative environment, each member family has a manageable monthly task – of their choice – to help keep WSP a clean, fun and friendly place for all. In our diverse group, families are encouraged to connect with each other by sharing experiences, knowledge and skills to make Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play a supportive and sustainable community.
Everyone Brings Something…Everyone has different skills, knowledge, ideas, and gifts. WSP is a place to share your talent with other families. As our membership changes it is exciting to see all the talents that we hold as a community and find ways to share them with one another.
WSP also partners with The Village Ballroom to host weekly music events open to anyone for $5 per family. Please visit the calendar on the Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play website for details.
If you are interested in joining, or finding out more, our one-page application can be found on our website.
There is a one time $20 joining fee, and the monthly membership is $25.
Please contact Beth for a tour and orientation once your application is complete. Our membership handbook is also available on our website and very helpful to read before an orientation.
704 NE Dekum St., Portland, OR 97213; 503-799-6600