Seattle Parks and Recreation aquatics programs

Stay warm and fit this winter at one of our indoor pools!

Doggy paddle, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke. We think it’s important to master one or two of these when you live in a city nearly surrounded by water. Our swimming pools offer swimming lessons, public swims and special events year-round, and best of all, they’re indoors.

Special events this winter include:

  • Southwest Pool’s Super Bowl Sunday $2 Family Swim, 2-3 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2016
    Not a football fan? Bring your family to get some exercise or relax in the spa and sauna!
  • Madison Pool’s Winter Potluck, 1 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2016
  • Madison Pool movie nights, 6-8 p.m., third Friday of the month

For weekly regular programming, see our Aquatics brochure.

Individuals that qualify for Seattle Parks and Recreation program scholarships or reduced fees can also receive discounts at drop-in public swims, family swims, lap swims, pool playlands and selected aquatic fitness programs.

Eligibility will be based on family size and income level in accordance with Seattle Parks’ established application and approval process. For qualifying individuals, drop-in discount pricing will be $2 for recreational swims such as family swim, public swim or lap swim and $3 for fitness swims such as Water Exercise, Masters or Swimstrong.

To apply for a scholarship, fill out the scholarship form and bring a copy of your most recent 1040 Income Tax Form to your neighborhood pool. All pools are participating.

For information about pool schedules, pricing and location, please visit our pool website.

Seattle Parks and Recreation winter programs

Register for winter programs today!

A new year is for new beginnings. Registration for our winter programs and classes is underway, and we have more than 50 new offerings this season. Find a class that’s right for you and start 2016 off right.

Draw and Paint Art Studio: The Draw and Paint Studio class located in the Alki Bathhouse will teach students various techniques for both drawing and painting. Students will acquire the skills to capture light, atmosphere and mood by working with water-based paints from their own drawings and photographs. The classes are intended for people 18 and older. The first session of classes runs Jan. 12-Feb. 16 on Tuesday evenings with a second session running March 1-April 5. Registration for each session is $120.

Innovation Club: Adventures in Coding 101: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a programmer? Join Rainier Community Center for scratch programming and get your feet wet in the world of coding with projects like interactive stories or even games! The classes are intended for grades 1-3. The first session of classes runs Jan. 6-Feb. 17 on Wednesday evenings with a second session running Feb. 24-March 30. Registration runs from $90-105.

Yoga Flow: This yoga class operates with a therapeutic and rejuvenating approach to help you move gracefully using your breath to flow with movement. It will focus on yoga techniques including body awareness, posture, balance, alignment, flexibility, strength, energy and relaxation. All levels are welcome. The class is recommended for age 15 and older. The first session of classes runs Jan. 9-Feb. 13 on Saturday mornings with a second session running Feb. 20-March 26. Registration for each session is $72. Classes take place at Bitter Lake Community Center.

Pre-K Enrichment Program: This recreational program offers a variety of fun activities such as art, Zumba®, drama, cooking, tumbling, sports, music, dance, and more for children ages 3-5. Enrichment activities are developed to create learning experiences and social experiences through play, projects and activities. For details or for more information please contact the community center. The program runs monthly, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Costs vary by the number of days a child participates each week; four to five days $250/month, three days $192, two days $128, one day $64. The program is offered at Laurelhurst Community Center.

Adult Ballet: Beginning to intermediate adult students will work to develop flexibility, strength and stamina within the structure of a ballet class. Participants will begin at the barre to warm-up and focus on specific skills and placement before moving to the center, where they will apply the barre work to more expansive and exciting movements. The first session of classes runs Jan. 11-Feb. 15 on Monday evenings with a second session running Feb. 22-April 21. Registration for each session is $59. Classes take place at Garfield Community Center.

To find specific times for each of the classes and to register, go here. To find more new and free programs at all of our community centers, go here.

Kids ‘n’ Keyboards teaches rhythm and technique

Kids ‘n’ Keyboards participants

Pianist Paul Sklar has made a career of playing for professional dancers and theater audiences. And on Friday afternoons, Paul can be found at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center playing with a much smaller crowd.

Kids ‘n’ Keyboards participant

Paul teaches Kids ‘n’ Keyboards at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center for children ages 5-11 every quarter. The classes teach beginning note reading, ensemble playing, technique and solo piano. For younger students, Paul incorporates musical activities and stories. The affordable group program works to achieve all the same results as private, individual lessons. Additionally, the children learn to play music together. The ensemble helps their timing as well as their musical interaction in fun and productive ways.

“When a group of children come together, the good chemistry really helps them learn from each other,” Paul said.

Paul said most of his students return from quarter to quarter and he enjoys watching them grow as musicians. At the end of each fall and spring quarter, the kids are able to show off their skills at a community recital.

“Sofia, my 7-year-old, played in her first keyboard recital last December,” Northeast Seattle parent Eric Matza, said. “She constantly plays at home learning almost every new, fun song Paul brings to class. This is a great introduction to music for children.”

The next session of the program runs on Fridays from June 26-Sept. 4. Registration can be completed by calling the community center at 206-684-7534 or online here.

Paul Sklar currently works as a pianist for the University of Washington Dance Department. Paul is originally from New York City where he was a pianist for the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Martha Graham School and the Alvin Ailey Dance Center.

Seattle Parks and Recreation planning for the future of community centers

Seattle Parks and Recreation is developing a Community Center Strategic Plan. The department is creating a vision for the future of community centers and considering options for future staffing and programs. Seattle Parks is seeking public input to inform the plan. There will be a community meeting on June 20 to explore the following questions:

  • What community center programs and services do you value most and why?
  • How can Seattle Parks and Recreation improve our programs and services?
  • What are the barriers to using community centers?

The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn more and help shape Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Community Center Strategic Plan.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Seattle Center – Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
10 a.m. – Noon, Presentation at 10 a.m.

Questions and comments may be addressed to Susan Golub, Seattle Parks Manager of Policy, at

For more information, visit


Find New Year’s resolution success; try a new Seattle Parks program

As December begins to slip away, many of us start to plan for the year ahead. What changes will we make in 2015 to get a little bit closer to finding happiness and how will we stay on track?

When talking New Year’s resolutions strategies for success, common tips include employing the buddy system and scheduling time for your resolution. We suggest finding a resolution that is incorporated into one of our new winter programs. We’ll provide the buddies and the structured time, you just need to show up!

Registration for winter Seattle Parks and Recreation programs and classes has begun and we’ve added more than 60 new activities to the mix. Take a look at our new winter offerings and find something that’s in line with your 2015 goals. Resolutions can be fun. We promise.

Learn a new skill
-Teen and adult photography workshops, ages 13+, Northgate Community Center
-Jujitsu (martial art developed from ancient Japan), ages 15+, Queen Anne Community Center
-Daytime pottery, ages 18+, Ballard Community Center
-Art sampler classes for adults, 18+, Green Lake Community Center
-Kids carpentry, ages 5-10, Magnolia Community Center
-After-school theater group, ages 7-10, Delridge Community Center
-Self -defense, ages 55+, Alki Community Center

Get fit
-Boys volleyball league, ages 10-17, Citywide Athletics
-Nia fitness (a no-impact cardio workout that combines martial arts, dance and yoga), ages 15+, Laurelhurst Community Center
-MixxedFit (fitness program that mixes dance training and bootcamp-inspired toning), ages 16+, Loyal Heights Community Center
-Basketball for Little Hoopers, ages 3-5, Yesler Community Center
-Pilates mat class, ages 18+, Magnolia Community Center
-Adult aerobics with optional childcare, ages 18+, Alki Community Center

Spend more time with the kids
-Parent and child SNAG golf (SNAG aka starting new at golf, is all about having fun while learning the basics of the sport), ages 3-5, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
-Indoor playground with specialized toys for children with special needs, Montlake Community Center
-Parent and child pottery class, ages 3-5, Montlake Community Center
-Bedtime stories, all ages, Ballard Community Center
-Mix it up! Parent/tot art class, ages 2-3, Delridge Community Center

Reduce stress
-Yoga, ages 16+, Meadowbrook Community Center
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (vocally guided movement class aimed at reducing tensions), ages 55+, Meadowbrook Community Center
-Tai Chi – Yang Style (slow, soft, circular movements to harmonize body and mind), ages 55+, Green Lake Community Center

See something you like? Sign up now! Registration information and details can be found in our community center brochures here. Sign up for a program here.