Happy Volunteer Appreciation week from Seattle Parks

Volunteers at Tom Wales Park.

Volunteers at Tom Wales Park.

Sunday, April 12, is the beginning of Western Washington’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, and that means Seattle Parks and Recreation volunteers can put down their gardening gloves and coaching whistles and enjoy some freebies April 12-18!

Volunteers play a crucial role in our neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout the city and their contributions are invaluable to the department. In 2014, 36,633 volunteers donated nearly 260,000 of hours of service to Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Currently, we have more than 5,000 registered volunteers, and we’re saying thank you by offering them free admission to many local places of interest during Volunteer Appreciation Week. Venues include the Asian Art Museum, the Northwest African American Museum, MOHAI, the Museum of Glass, Olympic Sculpture Park, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Chinese Garden, Pacific Science Center and more!

Registered volunteers were sent email invitations that include information about the Volunteer Appreciation Week deals.

If you’re interested in becoming a registered volunteer, visit our Volunteer webpage. Earth Month is a great time to get involved! Check out our April volunteer opportunities here.

Celebrate April Pool’s Day and make summertime safer

There will be seven free public swims hosted at Seattle Parks and Recreation pools to celebrate April Pool's Day 2015.

There will be seven free public swims hosted at Seattle Parks and Recreation pools to celebrate April Pool’s Day 2015.

Before you know it, we’ll be trading in April showers for blue skies and bathing suits. On Saturday, April 18, six of our pools are hosting FREE public swims. We’ll be teaching water and boating safety and will have fun activities for kids.

Recipient of a lifejacket given away during the raffle at Ballard's April Pool's Day 2014!

Recipient of a lifejacket given away during the raffle at Ballard’s April Pool’s Day 2014!

Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your family how to enjoy summer safely. April Pool’s Day will focus on four main areas of water safety:

  • Preventing open water drowning
  • Lifejacket use and promotion
  • Cold water awareness
  • Basic water rescue for children

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Your Seattle Parks Spring Bucket List

Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’” In our fair city, spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Come out of hibernation, Seattleites.’”

It’s getting lighter in the mornings! The sun doesn’t set at 4:30 p.m. anymore! There are leaves and FLOWERS on the trees! No more excuses, friends. It’s party time.

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Get out on the water!
Or at least watch people on the water. On the first full official day of spring, March 21, Green Lake is hosting its 53rd annual spring regatta. Hundreds of rowers will descend on the lake for a day of nail-biting sprints and friendly competition. Gather you family, take to the grandstands and cheer for your favorite teams. Find all the details you need here. [Read more…]

The hunt is on: Search for eggs with Seattle Parks

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It’s nearly spring, which means eggs hunts are almost here! Find an event near you.

NORTHEAST
Spring Egg Hunt

What: Hunt for treats and treasures
Location: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
Ages: 11 and under
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, April 4

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Hunt for treats and treasures
Location: Meadowbrook Community Center at Nathan Hale H.S. Track
Ages: 11 and under
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, April 4

Laurelhurst Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a basket to hunt for eggs and special prizes
Location: Laurelhurst Park
Ages:  12 and under
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m., April 4
Cost: Free with canned food donation

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Daddy Daughter Dinner tickets are available now

Guests at the 2013 Daddy Daughter Dinner.

Guests at the 2013 Daddy Daughter Dinner.

Tickets are still available for the 23rd annual Daddy Daughter Dinner from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Ballard Community Center. This year’s theme is Awesome ‘80s.

Join us for a rad night of neon fun, good grub and totally rockin’ out. Bust out your acid-washed jeans, mix and match your brightest colors and tease your daughter’s hair.

Tickets for daddy plus one daughter are $60, daddy plus two are $70 and daddy plus three are $80.

Register in person, on the phone or online using barcode #126275. Call 206-684-4093 for more information.

Ballard Community Center is located at 6020 28th Ave. NW in Seattle.

Seattle Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle.

Japanese Garden opens March 1 with ‘First Viewing’

Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 1 as the Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the first time in 2015.

First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing. The Shinto blessing is a formal ceremony that has been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki –life energy– for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Granite Falls, WA.

Trained guides will be available to give complimentary tours of the Seattle Japanese Garden, deepening the experience of strolling the garden by sharing insights on the garden’s history, design and spiritual principles. The 45-minute tours begin at the ticket booth starting at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. [Read more…]

Celebrate the season with Seattle Parks

The holiday season seems to sneak up on us and then it’s over before we know it. There are so many activities and things to be done; it can be hard to keep track of them all. We’ve created a one-stop guide to all of our festive happenings. Find gingerbread decorating for the kids, take advantage of low-cost childcare options, discover where to buy local, unique presents and locate a drop-off spot for gift donations.

The holidays can be stressful when you’re going it alone. Luckily, you have us.

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NORTHEAST
Snowflake Funfest
What: Carnival games, crafts and hot cocoa
Location: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 6-8 p.m., Dec. 5
Cost: Family fee (4 or more) $15, Individual $5

Gingerbread house decorating
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Location: Northgate Community Center, Laurelhurst Community Center
Ages:  1 and older
Time: 6-7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 at Northgate, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 12 at Laurelhurst
Cost: $6

NORTHWEST
Gingerbread Jubilee

What: Gingerbread house decorating
Location: Ballard Community Center
Ages: 1 and older
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 11
Cost: $5

Gingerbread Houses
What: Gingerbread house making
Location: Magnolia Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 5:30 -7 p.m., Dec. 5
Cost: $10 for a family of 4, $3 for individuals

CENTRAL
Holly Day Decorations
What: Create beautiful wreaths, garlands and other decorations for your home using invasive plants that need to be removed from the park like English ivy and holly
Location: Discovery Park
Ages: 5 and older
Time: 2 – 4:30 p.m., Dec. 6
Cost: $9
Must pre-register

Holiday Celebration

What: Gather with family to share in the holiday experience, treats, games, gifts, cookie decorating and more, in partnership with Country Doctor
Location: Miller Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 13
Cost: Free

Holiday Partycookies!
What: Holiday celebration with neighbors (pre-registration required to receive toy at event, call 684-4788)
Location: Garfield Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m., Dec. 19

Volunteer Park Trust Holiday in Volunteer Park
What: Come one, come all for a fun, festive, family celebration! Sing carols, listen to holiday music from choral groups, enjoy delicious complimentary treats and drinks and stroll paths lit by hundreds of luminarias. Admission to the Conservatory and Seattle Asian Art Museum will be free.
Location: Volunteer Park
Ages: All
Time: 6-8 p.m., Dec. 11
Cost: free

Volunteer Park Conservatory Holiday Express
What: Popular model train will circle the newly renovated Seasonal House. Little ones will have the opportunity to run the train and blow the whistle on weekends.
Location: Volunteer Park Conservatory
Ages: All
Time: Dec. 7 – Jan. 4

Cartooning Santa
What: The cartooning Santa Claus will create whimsical cartoon caricatures for good boys and girls. Bring a camera for photos!
Location: Volunteer Park Conservatory
Ages: All
Time: Noon – 3 p.m., Dec. 13

Harp Music with Bill McJohn
What: Harpist Bill McJohn performances
Location: Volunteer Park Conservatory
Ages: All
Time: 1 – 2 p.m., Dec. 14 and 28

SOUTHEAST
Winter Hayrides
What: Hay wagon rides around Seward Park
Location: Seward Park
Ages: All
Time: Varies
Cost: $5 (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/17346)

Winter Wonderland Party
What: Visit from the North Pole, crafts and treats
Location: International District Chinatown Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 6 – 8 p.m., Dec. 12
Cost: $1

SOUTHWEST
Winterfest
What: Santa visit, entertainment, light refreshments
Location: South Park Community Center
Ages: 12 and under
Time: 3 – 5 p.m., Dec. 13

LIFELONG RECREATION (register on SPARC)
Garden D’Lights

What: Bellevue Botanical Garden D’Lights festival
Ages: 50 and older
Time: 3 – 8 p.m., Dec. 8
Cost: $18

Christmas at Fort Steilacoom
What: Re-enactors present a period candlelight Christmas
Ages: 50 and older
Time: 3 – 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13
Cost: $5 entry fee, dinner on your own
Register online

Seattle Men’s Chorus
What: Seattle Men’s Chorus holiday performance
Location: Benaroya Hall
Ages: 50 and older
Time: 12:20 – 5:30 p.m., 2 p.m. curtain time
Cost: $36, no cancellations after registration

Holiday Potluck
What: End-of-year holiday party, bring a gently used wrapped gift for exchange if you wish
Ages: 50 and older
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Dec. 17
Cost: Free

Wights and Lights
What: Wight’s Nursery holiday display, dinner out (on own), Montlake Terrace light display
Ages: 50 and older
Time: 3:30 – 8 p.m., Dec. 17
Cost: $8.50

Holiday Potluck and Bingo
What: Bring a dish to share and play Bingo, pre-registration encouraged
Location: Van Asselt Community Center
Ages: 50 and older
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dec. 19
Cost: Free

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Pathway of Lights
Join thousands of people for “The Pathway of Lights” around Green Lake from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Experience the warm glow of luminaries and sounds of the season performed by schools and local artists.

Christmas Ships
Since 1949, glistening lights on grand ships have glided across the Puget Sound to celebrate the holiday season. The Argosy Christmas Ships sail to more than 45 waterfront communities every year. Choirs onboard the ships greet those onshore with 20-minute performances of popular carols, while those on land keep warm near cackling bonfires waiting for their arrival.

This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting 16 bonfire events in its waterfront parks. We’ve compiled a list of events for your perusing and some tips to know before you go.

SHOP (and childcare!)elves

NORTHEAST
Drop ‘N’ Shop with Santa’s Helpers

What: Childcare, go shop while little ones enjoy pizza and activities
Location: Meadowbrook Community Center
Ages: Children must be potty trained, E-13 required
Time: 6-9 p.m., Dec. 5
Cost: $15

Ravenna Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale
What: Shop for unique, local gifts and support community programs, kid activities and soup provided
Location: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 6
Cost: Free

Drop ‘N’ Shop
What: Childcare, go shop while little ones enjoy pizza and activities
Location: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
Ages: Children must be potty trained, E-13 required
Time: 6-9 p.m., Dec. 12
Cost: $15, sibling discount $5

NORTHWEST
Parents’ Night Out

What: Childcare, go shop while little ones enjoy pizza and activities
Location: Ballard Community Center
Ages: Children must be potty trained
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $20, call to register multiple children otherwise, sign up online

CENTRAL
Antique Show

What: Find unique gifts and treasures
Location: Queen Anne Community Center
Ages: All
Time: Dec. 5-7
Cost: Free

SOUTHWEST
Parents’ Night Out
What: Childcare, do your last-minute errands while the kids enjoy skating and pizza
Location: Alki Community Center
Ages: 4 – 9
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $25

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CENTRAL
Holiday Toy Drive
What: Drop off unwrapped gifts and monetary donations for children 12 and under
Location: Garfield Community Center
Ages: Gifts for children 12 and under
Time: Toy drive ends Dec. 6
Cost: All donations are tax deductible

 

Christmas Ships are here

 

Since 1949, glistening lights on grand ships have glided across the Puget Sound to celebrate the holiday season. The Argosy Christmas Ships sail to more than 45 waterfront communities every year. Choirs onboard the ships greet those onshore with 20-minute performances of popular carols, while those on land keep warm near cackling bonfires waiting for their arrival.Gas Works 08

This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting 16 bonfire events in its waterfront parks. We’ve compiled a list of events for your perusing and some tips to know before you go.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Viewing from Museum of History and Industry, South Lake Union Park
7:15-7:35 p.m.
This event takes place as part of Lake Union Park’s Greet the Season event that takes place from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. There will be activities for all ages including toy boat building, cookie decorating, card and ornament making, knot tying and dance performances.DSC_5816

Sunday, Nov. 30
Viewing from Gas Works Park
6:25-6:45 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Viewing from Pritchard Beach Park
7:50-8:10 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Viewing from Seward Park
8:25-8:45 p.m.
Light refreshments; donations accepted

Saturday, Dec. 6
Viewing from Matthews Beach Park
9:45-10:05 p.m.
Live music and refreshments; donations accepted

Sunday, Dec. 7
Viewing from Ferdinand Street Park
5:40-6 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Viewing from Stan Sayres Memorial Park
6:15-6:35 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Viewing from Mount Baker Beach Park
6:45-7:05 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Friday, Dec. 12
Viewing from Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
8:10-8:30 p.m.
Lights refreshments

Viewing from Carkeek Park
8:35-8:55 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Saturday, Dec. 13
Viewing from Lowman Beach Park
4:20-4:40 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Viewing from Alki Beach Park
5:10-5:30 p.m.
Pre-activities begin at 4:10 p.m., performance by the Holy Names Choir, refreshments, holiday lighting

Tuesday, Dec. 16
Viewing from Golden Gardens Park
9:05-9:25 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Friday, Dec. 19
Viewing from Magnuson Beach
8:50-9:10 p.m.
Pre-activities beginning at 8 p.m., live music by the Emerald City Jazz Ensemble, refreshments, hundreds of luminaries

Saturday, Dec. 20
Viewing from Madison Beach Park
4:40-5 p.m.
Bonfire and Holiday Bash at Madison Park Bathhouse, live jazz band, beverages and cookies

Viewing from Madrona Beach Park
9:45-10:05 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Tuesday, Dec. 23
Viewing from Gas Works Park
9:45 p.m.-10:05 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Tips from Parks Crew Chiefs
-Dress for the weather; events happen rain or shine
– Stay a safe distance away from the bonfire at all times
– Bonfires are not built for roasting marshmallows

 

The Harmonica Pocket Singing Thanksgiving visits High Point Community Center

High Point Community Center invites you to the Pocket Harmonica Singing Thanksgiving on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. High Point Community Center is located at 6920 34th Ave SW.

This interactive 50-minute set gets young and old alike singing American Folk tunes including Over the River and Through the Woods, Turkey in the Straw, and She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain. Audience members are invited to co-create and improvise lyrics on a Harmonica Pocket original song Give Thanks and sing names of harvest fruits and vegetables on Apple Apple. Dance, finger plays, a waltz with a pumpkin, and zany skits tie this program up into a thoughtful, playful package. 

This event is $3 per person for advance tickets; $5 per person the day of the show; and $20 max for families. To pre-register, visit our registration website and sign up for course #90843.

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