Call for Graphic Designers for Big Day of Play

In conjunction with the Associated Recreation Council, we are seeking proposals to partner with a graphic designer who will be able to create promotional materials for Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Big Day of Play, an annual celebration of our city’s diversity that encourages communities to play, build relationships and be active together. 

Click here to learn more about this Request for Proposal.  Submission deadline is February 3, 2017!

Questions? Contact Regina Lum, Associated Recreation Council, at regina.lum@seattle.gov.

To get a feeling of what Big Day of Play is all about, click here to view pictures from our previous events. This year’s Big Day of Play will take place on August 19 at Rainier Community Center.

To support the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), we are looking at providing opportunities and access to underrepresented and underserved communities. Women Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) are preferred and youth participation is strongly encouraged.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation’s ‘Big Day of Play’ returns Aug. 13

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The Big Day of Play is a celebration of our city’s diversity, and it encourages neighbors, communities and families to have fun, build relationships and be active together. Research shows that adults can improve brain function, relieve stress and improve their connection to others by taking part in active play. But with busy lives being what they are, few people make time for it. Luckily, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has dedicated a day to play, and the whole family is invited. This year’s annual Big Day of Play takes place Aug. 13. The day to play your way!

Mark your calendar for noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, to see what SPR and other community organizations are offering in the way of fun activities and healthy food. This year’s event will be held at Rainier Community Center and Playfield, 4600 38th Ave. S.

Big Day of Play offers exciting obstacle course inflatables, a rock climbing wall, cultural music and dance presentations, dance workshops, and sport exhibitions for all ages! Discover the athlete in you while enjoying the sounds, smells and foods from a range of communities. There will also be a life-jacket giveaway, and photo opportunities with a sailboat! If you need a quiet space to reflect, meditate or relax, we will have a Contemplation Room available in the Community Center.

The Big Day of Play is presented by SPR’s Get Moving Initiative, which supports local groups in offering innovative and culturally relevant events and projects to increase participation in community sports, recreation and physical fitness activities that serve under-resourced communities. Funding for the Get Moving Initiative is provided by the Seattle Park District.

The Big Day of Play’s title sponsor is PCC Natural Markets. Other sponsors include the City of Seattle, the Associated Recreation Council, Clif Kid, Seattle Children’s, ParentMap, Seahawks Play60 and Seattle Storm. Big Day of Play is also happening in conjunction with Seattle Summer Parkways and Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival.

If you’re interested in volunteering or participating as a vendor at Big Day of Play, please visit www.bigdayofplay.com.

Free transportation will be available from 10 of our community centers to and from Big Day of Play. Call one of these locations to reserve a spot by August 10. Seating is limited.

  • Bitter Lake Community Center, 206-684-7524, 13035 Linden Ave. N 98133
  • High Point Community Center, 206-684-7422, 6920 34th Ave. SW 98126
  • International District Chinatown Community Center, 206-233-0042, 719 8th Ave. S 98104
  • Magnuson Community Center, 206-684-7026, 7110 62nd Ave. NE 98115
  • Northgate Community Center, 206-386-4283, 10510 5th Ave. NE 98125
  • South Park Community Center, 206-684-7451, 8319 8th Ave. S 98108
  • Yesler Community Center, 206-386-1245, 917 E Yesler Way 98122
  • Jefferson Community Center, 206-684-7481, 3801 Beacon Ave. S 98108
  • Rainier Beach Community Center, 206-386-1925, 8825 Rainier Ave. S 98118
  • Van Asselt Community Center, 206-386-1921, 2820 S Myrtle St. 98108

More information can be found at bigdayofplay.com and also on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Big-Day-of-Play-129511957070291/.

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Annual Big Day of Play Vendors Wanted

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play is an ideal opportunity for vendors to reach children, families and seniors from across Seattle in a fun-filled and healthy environment. Share your products and services with 2,500+ attendees; build relationships with new clients and peer organizations; show support for Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Get Moving Initiative; get exposure and expand your presence. There’s something for everyone!

Food Trucks

We are looking for vendors that will support our communities in their journey to a healthier lifestyle. And food is a big part of that! Call out to all food trucks; come share your masterpieces at Big Day of Play! Healthy food options within your menu is preferred.

Big Day of Play will be held on Saturday, August 13th from noon-6 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center Playfields.

For more information about these opportunities and to join us for our Big Day of Play, visit www.bigdayofplay.com. To register as a vendor, please complete the vendor application form and email to bigdayofplay@seattle.gov.

Get Involved with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play!

Big Day of Play VolunteersCome make new friends or bond with your family while volunteering! You’ll also receive service hours, food, and a zoo ticket for your time and support. Don’t forget to check out the fun activities that we offer like obstacle course inflatables, rock climbing wall, cultural music and dance presentations, and sport exhibitions for all ages!

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Event set up and take down
  • Greeting guests
  • Booth and vendor support (help monitor activities)
  • Assistance with survey and data collection
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Stage hands

Available shifts:

  • 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • 1:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 2:30-6:30 p.m.

*Plus additional training prior to event

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play will be held on Saturday, August 13th from noon-6 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center Playfields.

For more information and to sign up, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang at cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov or 206-386-1919.

Big Day of Play

The 2016 Big Day of Play is back! Presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Initiative with support from PCC Natural Markets, Big Day of Play will be held on August 13th Noon-6pm at Rainier Playfields and Center (4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle WA 98118).

Big Day of Play offers exciting obstacle course inflatables, rock climbing wall, cultural music and dance presentations, dance workshops, and sport exhibitions for all ages! Discover the athlete in you while enjoying the sounds, smells and foods from a range of communities. Big Day of Play is a celebration of our City’s diversity and encourages neighbors, communities and families to have fun, build relationships and be active together. The day to play your way!

Big Day of Play

Big Day of Play is also happening in conjunction with Seattle Summer Parkways and Rainier Heritage Parade and Festival.

Free transportation available! Download our flyer to learn more

We’ll see you there!

Volunteer

We’re looking for volunteers! See more about getting involved.

Become a Vendor

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play is an ideal opportunity for vendors to reach children, families and seniors from across Seattle in a fun-filled and healthy environment. Share your products and services with 2,500+ attendees. Learn more about about how to become a vendor.

Follow Big Day of Play on Facebook

 PCC  Seattle Childrens Hospital  Clif Kids
 Play 60 ParentMap  ARC
 WNBA Storm  SDOT  Rainier Chamber of Commerce
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Big Day of Play 2015

Photos by TIA International Photography

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center on June 28 for the 2015 Big Day of Play! We were excited to be able to share fun and fitness with families in our community.

Special thanks to title sponsor PCC Natural Markets and sponsors City of Seattle, the Associated Recreation Council, Clif Kid, KIND Healthy Snacks, Seattle Children’s, Seahawks Play60, CBS Seattle and ParentMap for making this event possible.

Seattle Parks’ ‘Big Day of Play’ returns June 28

The Big Day of Play will have boating, fitness and educational activities for the whole family.

The Big Day of Play will have boating, fitness and educational activities for the whole family.

Research shows adults can improve brain function, relieve stress and improve their connection to others by taking part in active play. But, with busy lives being what they are, few people make time for it. Luckily, Seattle Parks and Recreation has dedicated a whole day to play, and the whole family is invited. This year’s annual Big Day of Play takes place June 28.

Mark your calendar from noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, to see what Seattle Parks and other community organizations are offering in the way of fun activities and healthy food. This year’s event will be held at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S.

Big Day of Play is a great way to get important information about health and wellness, discover unique opportunities to become active, enjoy healthy food and learn how recreation can change your life. Big Day of Play grew out of Parks’ Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative, which aligns with national efforts such as First Lady Michele Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. [Read more…]

“Big Day of Play” 2014 at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

Seattle Parks and Recreation hosted “Big Day of Play” 2014 at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center on Sunday, June 29. Hundreds of community members participated in fitness activities and learned about healthy food options.

Thank you to “Big Day of Play” sponsors Kohl’s Cares, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle’s Child, PCC Natural Markets, ParentMap, Clif Bar Kid, Seahawks Play60,KZOK 102.5 FM, The Fan 1090 AM Seattle, 94.1 KMPS, 96.5 Jack FM, Community Health Plan of Washington, POP Water, the Associated Recreation Council and the City of Seattle.

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Your Seattle Parks Summer Bucket List

Remember the “What I Did on my Summer Vacation” essay assignment on the first day of school? You had to think about the previous three months and make up events that made you seem more interesting and adventurous than watching Judge Judy marathons. Embarrassing.

You may not get a summer vacation anymore, but the season is still something to be treasured. Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to help you take advantage of these rare, sunny days and create some brag-worthy memories.

We won’t ask you to write an essay, but we’d love to see you in action. Prove you completed some of the activities on our Summer Bucket List by sending photos to @seattleparks on Twitter #bucketlist

Big Day of Play

On my summer vacation I…GOT HEALTHY! Join us from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, for our first-ever Big Day of Play at Mount Baker Park Sailing and Rowing Center! We’ll have entertainment, music, kids’ activities and plenty of opportunities for you to learn about our active recreation and healthy food programming.

On my summer vacation I…WATCHED THE BIG SCREEN IN MAGNUSON PARK! On Thursdays throughout the summer, Magnuson Park will host outdoor movies. “Grease” kicks off the line-up, followed by “The Lego Movie,” “Gravity,” “Sixteen Candles” and other favorites. Spread out a blanket on the grass, take part in movie trivia and get some grub at a food truck. Don’t worry, no one can say you’re wasting away in front of the television if you’re doing it outside.

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On my summer vacation I…MET A CAMEL! I mean, really, how many chances does one get to meet a camel in the Northwest? Visit Othello Park on Sunday, Aug. 17, for the Othello Park International Music and Art Festival. Between noon and 6 p.m., the park will be filled with family-friendly music and performances. Wander through the vendor and food booths, take a ride on the zip line and of course, say hi to the visiting camel.

On my summer vacation I…PAMPERED MY POOCH! Sunday, Aug. 17, is truly a dog day of summer. From 1-3 p.m., you can take your pups to Helene Madison Pool and let them cool down in the water. Each year the pool hosts a dog swim before the facility closes for preventive maintenance.

On my summer vacation I…WENT SCUBA DIVING IN ELLIOT BAY! Did you know you there is a protected area off the shores of West Seattle’s Seacrest Park for scuba diving? Explore underwater sea creatures in the Sound and then treat yourself to lunch at Marination Ma Kai, voted one of the city’s best lunch spots by Seattle Magazine.

Dancing 'til Dusk

On my summer vacation I…DANCED THE NIGHT AWAY WITH 800 OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS! Dancing ‘til Dusk events take place throughout downtown parks in the summer. We provide lighting, bands and free dance lessons; you just have to show up in your boogie shoes. From 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday Sept. 5, we’re hosting a square dance in Freeway Park, so save the date and swing your partner! For other Dancing ‘til Dusk dates, click HERE.

Camp Long challenge course

On my summer vacation I…FOUND MY INNER TARZAN! Grab a group of friends and take to the trees. Camp Long in West Seattle has a vertical playpen. Climb through tires and obstacles up in the sky or travel between high platforms on beams, swings and ropes supported by belayers. There are a variety of challenge course options available for adventurers of all levels.

Burke-Gilman

On my summer vacation I…BIKED THE BURKE-GILMAN TRAIL! The Burke-Gilman Trail runs from Shilshole Bay in Seattle to the City of Bothell spanning more than 18 miles. Grab your helmet and follow the historic railroad route near the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Sammamish River. Pack a lunch, enjoy the views and get some fresh air.

On my summer vacation I…DISCOVERED A NEW PARK (OR 10)! Pick a park, any park, and then grab your sunscreen and go. We have more than 400 parks within our city limits and very few people have seen them all. Take this summer to find a new picnic spot, a breathtaking viewpoint or a perfect practice field for your soccer team. Each of our parks is unique, and they’re all FREE.

Get healthy, happy at Seattle Parks’ ‘Big Day of Play’ on June 29

Tag — you’re it! And on your way to a better life. Research shows adults can become healthier and happier by actively playing for just 30 minutes every day.

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation for its annual “Big Day of Play” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, to showcase what the department and other community organizations are offering in the way of fun activities and healthy food. This year the event will be held at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S, for the first time.

Big Day of Play is a great way to get important information about health and wellness, discover unique opportunities to become active, enjoy healthy food and learn how recreation can change your life. Big Day of Play grew out of Parks’ Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative, which aligns with national efforts such as First Lady Michele Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.

There will be sample activities from Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities and programs, paddling and boating events, a main stage celebration of cultural diversity with music and entertainment, creative play opportunities, youth demonstrations and healthy food vendors.

This year’s sponsors include Kohl’s Cares, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle’s Child, PCC Natural Markets, ParentMap, Clif Bar Kid, Seahawks Play60,KZOK 102.5 FM, The Fan 1090 AM Seattle, 94.1 KMPS, 96.5 Jack FM, the Associated Recreation Council and the City of Seattle.

So start planning your hide-and-seek strategy, prep your arms for rowing and warm up those kickball legs. Big Day of Play is just around the corner.

If you’re interested in volunteering or participating as a vendor at Big Day of Play, please visit www.bigdayofplay.com. More information can also be found on the event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Day-of-Play/129511957070291.

There will be free shuttle bus transportation from five of our community centers to and from Big Day of Play. Call one of these locations to register for a shuttle ride to Mount Baker Sailing and Rowing Center. Seating is limited.

  • Bitter Lake Community Center, 206-684-7524, 13035 Linden Ave. N 98133
  • High Point Community Center, 206-684-7422, 6920 34th Ave. SW 98126
  • International District Chinatown Community Center, 206-233-0042, 719 8th Ave. S 98104
  • Northgate Community Center, 206-386-4283, 10510 5th Ave. NE  98125
  • Yesler Community Center, 206-386-1245, 917 E Yesler Way 9812