Friday, July 02, 2010

FREE summer carnivals and more

The following summer park activities are offered by Tacoma's metro parks.

Play Tacoma
Coming this summer to a Park near you---Summer carnivals are back! Bring family, neighbors and friends to kick back and enjoy our parks. Play Tacoma family carnivals kick-off at Jefferson Park on Friday, July 2. Come play, learn and grow as you experience interactive games, entertainment, arts and a host of other family focused activities.

Through July community parks around Tacoma take turns as carnival destinations from 5-8 p.m. on Friday evenings. Bring the camera for all the photo ops created by these fun memory making adventures for kids. All activities are free.

July 2: Jefferson Park, 801 N. Mason
July 9: Portland Avenue Park, 3513 Portland Ave.
July 16: Manitou Park, 4421 American Lake Blvd.
July 23: McKinley Playfield, 4321 McKinley Ave.
July 30: South Park, 4851 S. Tacoma Way

Summer Playground & USDA Meal Program

June 21 - August 27
Ages 6-12
This summer Metro Parks' Summer Playground Program has expanded to include three new Summer Playground Express locations and a Playground Adventure Bus to keep Playground kids on the move.

Summer Playground Program--The Summer Playground Program, offered in eight parks throughout Tacoma from June 21-August 27, provides free, organized drop-in play activities for kids ages 6-12.

Seven of the sites offer meals and an afternoon snack Monday through Friday, made possible by USDA*. Each playground site features a wading pool or sprayground, games, and arts and craft activities.

11:30 am to 6 pm
Franklin Park, 1201 S Puget Sound Ave.
Jefferson Park, 801 N Mason Ave.
Jane Clark Park, 4825 N 39th St.
McKinley Playfield, 4321 McKinley Ave
Portland Ave. Park, 3513 Portland Ave.
South Park, 4851 S Tacoma Way
Manitou Park, 4421 American Lake Blvd.
Stafford Elementary School/Byrd Park, 1615 S 92nd Street
Saturday and Sundays (except July 4)
Noon-4 pm are:
Jefferson Park, 801 N Mason Ave.
McKinley Playfield, 4321 McKinley Ave
South Park, 4851 S Tacoma Way

Summer Playground Express--The Summer Playground Express program is new this year as we expand our services to help meet different community needs. Enjoy cultural arts, sports, wellness, environmental and nature activities. Lincoln Eldridge Park and Lister Elementary are also designated meal sites, made possible by USDA*.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at noon (end time TBA)
Lincoln Eldridge Park, 801 S 37th St.
Crescent Heights Elementary, 4110 Nassau Ave. NE
Lister Elementary, 2106 E. 44th St.

Playground Adventure Bus--The Playground Adventure Bus leaves from playground sites to various parks around Tacoma. Each adventure includes a craft project, activities, and lots of fun and physical activities!

Playground Adventure Bus - Youth
Youth field trips are free for kids ages 6-12 and include a sack lunch for each participant. Kids will be supervised by Metro Parks playground staff for the duration of the field trip. Signed parental consent forms must be provided in order to participate.

Dates: July:21 & 28; August: 4, 11, & 18
Times: 10:30am - 3:30pm
July 21: Water Carnival at Stewart Heights Pool
July 28: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
August 4: Field Day at Heidelberg Park
August 11: Zoo Keeper for a Day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
August 18: Fishing and Boating at Thea Foss Waterway

Playground Adventure Bus - Family
Family field trips are designed for the entire family (kids ages 12 and younger and an adult) and will have a small cost. These field trips include a bbq lunch, craft projects, activities and games!
Family Trips depart from McKinley Park, Lister Elementary, Jefferson Park, Franklin Park, South Park, and Center at Norpoint. Adults are responsible for supervising their children on these field trips.

Dates: August: 7, 14 & 21
Times: 10:30-3:30
August 7: Family Field Trip to Titlow Park
August 14: Family Field Trip to Wapato Park
August 21: Family Field Trip to Point Defiance/Owen Beach

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