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Seattle Parks and Recreation welcomes all to enjoy the annual Big Day of Play

Free event Aug. 18 at Rainier Community Center and Playfield; water activities at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

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. Big Day of Play will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rainier Playfield and Rainier Community Center in southeast Seattle (3700 S. Alaska St.). The event is completely free and includes activities for all ages and abilities.

“Big Day of Play is our signature event at Seattle Parks and Recreation,” said Christopher Williams, Interim Superintendent. “This free event supports community members in enjoying the health benefits—both physical and mental—of connecting with others through active recreation, and it helps show adults and kids how much fun there is to be had in our parks and open spaces.”

The event will showcase active recreation booths and activities, including basketball, wheelchair rugby, goal ball, adaptive play equipment, rainbow bingo and much more. Community members can also enjoy cultural music and dance presentations throughout the day. Discover your inner athlete while enjoying the sounds, smells and foods from a range of communities.

Additionally, we are inviting everyone to hop down to Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center to try out sailing, rowing and stand-up paddle boarding.

The Big Day of Play is presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation’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.

This year’s Big Day of Play sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, City of Seattle, the Associated Recreation Council, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Bartell Drugs, 4Culture, Lowe’s and Cedar Grove.

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

Free transportation is available – more information here.

More information can be found at and on the event’s Facebook page at