A community wide effort is underway this summer in Lake City to make Fun available for Free to families. Eight Lake City-based social service agencies have been collaborating all year and recently received a $15,000 grant from United Way King County’s New Solutions Program to create a “Summer of Fun”. The result for the community is a jam packed summer of free crafts, games, reading, camps, meals and more for youth and teens this summer throughout Lake City.
At the North Seattle Family Center, every Monday and Wednesday youth and teens can learn a new skill like sign language or emergency safety skills at the Lake City Emergency Hub. Wednesdays are arts & crafts days. Next Wednesday July 23, families can learn to make their own candles. Fridays are family field trip days to different locations throughout the city like the Zoo, Aquarium, and Green Lake.
This past week families stomped out that beat with Introduction to Drill Team on Monday with Coach Renee. Tuesday they got out of the sun and went to the see the Lego movie at Northgate. Wednesday was a full house for a Card Making and Rubber Stamp craft. And on Friday, Lake City families headed on a field trip to the Woodland Park Zoo! All activities are free for families. Advanced registration is recommended by calling the Family Center at (206) 364-7930.
Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) is again offering summer meal sites at four popular spots in the Lake City/NE Seattle area. Here kids and teens 18 and under can not only get a free meal every Monday through Friday, they can also take part in games and activities. All of the meals are made fresh by HIP’s volunteers and even feature produce from the Lake City Farmers Market like fresh blueberries and blackberries generously donated by Hayton Farms. No advanced registration is needed to participate in the summer lunch program. Just show up! Check out each week’s menu and specific site locations and times on HIP’s blog.
This year HIP’s meal sites at the Lake City Community Center and Lake City Court are also offering an afternoon snack from 3- 3:30 pm. Thanks to special funding, parents can enjoy a lunch at these two sites while their kids eat as well. Also at HIP’s meal sites, you can find Lake City’s own children’s librarian Nancy Pew, who is sharing her infectious love of books and reading each week.
Many Lake City kids are off at summer camp this month thanks to the University YMCA, which offered generously discounted weekly camp rates to Lake City families this year. The Y is also providing free transportation to youth from Lake City to the camp sites at Magnuson Park.
Ten North Seattle teens are building up their leadership and job skills by participating in Seattle Parks & Recreation’s Student Teen Empowerment Program (STEP). These teens applied and were selected from Lake City and other north end neighborhoods to participate in the 6 week long program. You may have seen Lake City’s STEP team already hard at work with several projects, including their first activity held Monday June 21st at Virgil Flame Park. The STEP team will also be working on a mural at Lake City Court and a multimedia project to capture the ideas of Lake City’s teens on their vision for Lake City.
As we promised, it’s a jam packed summer! To stay informed on upcoming activities, check out our calendar for all of the Lake City Summer of Fun listings.