What’s your favorite thing to do in July? Eat popsicles? Take vacation? Stargaze? Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month?! There’s only one correct answer here, folks.
The National Recreation and Park Association has hosted Park and Recreation Month since 1985, and this year, they’re asking people to celebrate it under the theme totally tubular ‘80s. Challenge accepted.
This July we’ll be holding a variety of activities in our parks and community centers, so pick one that sounds rad and we’ll see you there like, fer sure.
Ah, push it!
July 7-28 | Hiawatha Community Center
So you just want to be like ‘80s hip hop super stars Run-DMC? The Beastie Boys? Janet Jackson? Prince? July is your chance. Hiawatha Community Center is teaching Beginning Hip Hop from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, from July 7- 28 for ages 6-12. Students will learn the basics of bop, break dance and funk. For details, go here (page 28).
Whatchu talkin’ about, Willis?
July 11 and 25 | Bell Street Park
The ‘80s introduced us to some classic family sitcoms like Diff’rent Strokes, Family Ties, and Who’s the Boss?, but Park and Recreation Month is about making memories with your real-life family and we know the perfect occasions. From 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., on July 11 and 25, we’re hosting Family Fun Days in Bell Street Park. The park will be filled with the Imagination Playground’s big foam shapes and other games, kid-friendly concerts and entertainers and special activities. A similar event, Sunday Fun Days, will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on July 12, 19 and 26 in Westlake Park. For details, go here (page 1).
Hey, you guuuuys…
July 16 | Golden Gardens Bathhouse
Eighties kids were swept away with dreams to find pirates’ treasure after watching the 1985 adventures of Mikey, Brand, Chunk, Mouth, Data, Andy and Stef in The Goonies. Today’s kids aren’t so different. From 5-7 p.m., on Thursday, July 16, we’re inviting explorers ages 3-8 to find buried treasure at Golden Gardens. The event is sponsored by Ballard and Loyal Heights community centers and spaces fill quickly. For details, go here (page 9).
Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.
July 17 | Jefferson Park
Park and Recreation Month began in 1985, the same year the hit movie Back to the Future was released. Coincidentally, we happen to be showing that very movie as part of our Outdoor Movie Series in Jefferson Park on Friday, July 17. Movies begin in the park at dusk, so pack a picnic, hop in your flying car and head over. For details, call Jefferson Community Center at 206-684-7481.
Let’s get physical.
July 20 and 27 | Freeway Park
Leg warmers and leotards. The ‘80s are practically synonymous with aerobics. From 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays, July 20 and 27, the Washington Athletic Club is sponsoring modern-day aerobics in Freeway Park, a.k.a, Zumba. The classes are free, and people of all abilities are welcome. For details, go here (page 2).
To learn more about National Park and Recreation Month, visit NRPA’s website. To find more activities taking place this month visit our Summer Guide and check out our community center and aquatics brochures.
And as always, tell @seattleparks how you’re celebrating this month on Twitter #JulyPRM30.