Did you know many area parks departments offer free, staffed programming for kids during the summer months? It’s true! My favorite is the program in Puyallup, where energetic college students visit different parks to lead the kids in organized games, crafts, and more. All I have to do is choose which bench to plant myself on!
Some of these programs also include free lunch. This is a program funded by the USDA and designed to make sure that children who depend on school lunches don’t go hungry during the summer months.
Not all lunch sites also offer activities-and not all activity sites offer lunch! If you need to make sure that some little tummies get full, you can find the lunch site nearest you though this handy link. Thanks to Heather at Because More is More for finding it.
Whether you’re in need of lunch or just in need of Fun, here is my rundown of programming at a park near you! If you know of one I missed, please leave a comment or drop me a line.
Keep in mind that these are generally drop-in programs. While staff will supervise your kiddos on site, they aren’t generally going to track their comings and goings, and you should not use these activities as a substitute for childcare (you knew that already, right)?
Tacoma– Summer Playground Program Extensive summer program, includes the Adventure Bus that takes kids to fun, field-trip destinations. Arts and activities also provided; most locations serve lunch. Everyone on the adventure bus also gets lunch.
Puyallup– The Fun Squad visits four parks a week for 2 1/2 hour sessions of sports, games, and activities. Note: There is No lunch at these programs. Lunch is served at many Puyallup schools. Use the link above to find one near you. *Fun Squad programming begins July 11th.
Fife–Summer Playground Program at Colburn Park next to the pool. Mondays-Thursdays Drop-in program with staff to help supervise games and arts and crafts. Morning snack and USDA lunch provided to those who want them. My boys got in a little pick-up soccer game and enjoyed monkeying around with the frisbees and jump ropes.
Lakewood-Springbrook Playground Program Games and activities followed by lunch
Lacey–Playground Pals program
South Kitsap South Kitsap School District playground program lunch plus reading and activities with a variety of community organizations
Note that for this post I’m only focusing on playground programming. I’ll have other posts with links of concerts, shows and other free entertainment events. There is just no excuse for being bored this summer!
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