Green Lake Small Craft Center offers Adventure Camp

This summer Seattle Parks and Recreation and Green Lake Small Craft Center are offering Green Lake Adventure Camp 2015 for ages 11-14. The center is located at 5900 W Green Lake Way N.

The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Aug. 3-14. Participants will learn canoeing, kayaking, sailing and water safety and can participate in tennis, golf, soccer and other activities around the lake.

The small craft center will provide all equipment and snacks. Some field trips may include traveling by van. Campers should bring a sack lunch, swimsuit, towel and change of clothes.

For more information on the camp, call the Green Lake Small Craft Center at 206-684-4074 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/boats/grnlake.htm.

Camp registration can be completed over the phone, in person at the Green Lake Small Craft Center or online at https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/start.asp.

Enchantment in the trees: Experiential Play and Zip camp at Camp Long

Shake things up this summer and spend a day suspended high up in the trees. West Seattle’s Camp Long is hosting eight sessions of Enchantment Experiential Play and Zip camp at the high ropes challenge course. Play and zipline with your friends 40 feet above the ground.

The experience is open to ages 14 and older and costs $30 per person. Sessions are Saturdays July 11 and 25; Aug. 8 and 22. The available time slots are 9:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. or 1:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

To register for a session, call 206-684-7434 or email camp.long@seattle.gov.

Green Lake Small Craft Center offers beginning sailing

This summer Seattle Parks and Recreation and Green Lake Small Craft Center are offering weeklong youth sailing camps. The center is located at 5900 W Green Lake Way N.

The camps will be held from noon-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and sessions will be held from now until Aug. 14. Participants will learn sailing skills using the Topper boats available at Green Lake. Beginners will learn the basics of sailing, rigging, safety and boat handling.

After completing the introductory course, or with adequate proficiency, youth can sign up for the advanced camp. Advanced sailors will be introduced to small boat skills, sail trim, basic racing techniques and racing rules.

For more information on the camps, call the Green Lake Small Craft Center at 206-684-4074 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/boats/grnlake.htm.

Camp registration can be completed over the phone, in person at the Green Lake Small Craft Center or online at https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/start.asp.

Kids’ Carpentry turns students’ imagination into toys

Kids’ Carpentry winter participants’ creations.

On Saturday afternoons, kids at Magnolia Community Center aren’t playing with toys; they’re learning how to build them.

This winter, Instructor Loren Kite is teaching his Kids’ Carpentry class in Seattle Parks and Recreation  community centers for the first time. Kids’ Carpentry is a hands-on toy-building class designed to teach boys and girls ages 5-10 practical woodworking skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. The students are empowered to construct wooden toys of their own creation, building self-esteem, confidence and life skills.

“It seemed really interesting to learn how to build my own things,” student Ruby said. “I’m building a table to put my stuff on in my room because it’s really messy.”

A student named Mark said he joined the class because he wanted to be able to learn outside of school hours. “I get really bored on the weekends,” Mark said. “I thought this class would be really cool. I’ve built a wooden car and cell phone.”

The course is five sessions. Participants learn the names of different tools, how to measure wood for their projects and the safe way to use tools.

Instructor Loren Kite brought Kids’ Carpentry to the Seattle area after teaching it for two years in the Bay Area. Kite grew up woodworking with his father. He received his Bachelor in Fine Arts in Production Management from the Theatre School at DePaul University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Carpentry from Seattle Central College’s Center for Wood Construction.

Kids’ Carpentry will be offered at Magnolia Community Center again this spring and Kite will host four different Kids’ Carpentry summer day camps at Green Lake Community, Magnolia Community Center, Queen Anne Community Center and Miller Community Center. For more information about camp registration, please see the summer day camp brochure.

Seattle Parks and Recreation opens Day Camp and Activity Camp registration


On Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 Seattle Parks and Recreation will open registration for all of its amazing summer camp opportunities for youth ages 3-17!  This includes a wide variety of camps including Nature Camps, Preschool Camps, Tween Camps, Sports Camps, Arts Camps and more.

There are also state-licensed day camps available for children kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants will be put into age-appropriate groups to better meet the needs of the child.  Families may register children for a timeframe of one to 11 weeks.  Scholarships and Department of Social and Health Services subsidies are available for these camps.

Seattle Parks offers several options to register for summer 2015 camp sessions:

  • Stop by your local community center to register for programs and meet the staff. Take a peek at the recreation center and the program space. Community Center staff welcome face to face interaction. Please check center hours at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers.asp.
  • Register online by using the SPARC system. Visit gov/parks and click on SPARC. Please note that an account must be set up prior to having access to the online SPARC system. This may take up to a week to process. We do our best to set up accounts for registration within 48 hours.
  • Call your local community center during hours of operation. Any staff may assist you with registration during operating hours.
  • Register with our Business Service Center at 206-684-5177. The Business Service Center is open for service Monday through Friday. For additional information please email ParksBSC@seattle.gov.
  • Mail in or drop off registration requests with payments and required forms to your local community center.

The camps fill up quickly and Seattle Parks recommends registering early.  A $15 deposit is required at time of registration with the balance due two weeks before the camp begins.

Participation is contingent upon full payment and submittal of the appropriate registration forms two weeks prior to the start of camp. Online registration ends two weeks prior to the first day of each camp, but in-person registration will be available until all spots are filled.

For more information and the appropriate forms visit https://www.seattle.gov/parks/camps/ or call your community center.

Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle. For more information on ARC, please see http://www.arcseattle.org/.