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Summer is Almost Over but Still Time for Fun and Free Outdoor Activities at your LA County Parks
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 29, 2021

Summer is quickly coming to an end but there’s still time to enjoy some family fun as the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) continues to offer a variety of free programs for youth and families to enjoy.

Families can cool off and enjoy some safe time together enjoying activities such as Every Body Swims, Learn to Swim, Splash Pads, and their Free Lunch and Snack Program that promotes a healthy lifestyle to the community and positive and enriching experiences to youth. LA County Parks teamed up with the Department of Arts and Culture and the Board of Supervisors and will also continue to offer their free community program, Parks After Dark.

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Don’t miss out on the fun and come enjoy what your local LA County Park has to offer:

Free Summer Lunch and Snacks Program:
In an effort to provide access to nutritious foods, the program is providing healthy meal alternatives to children at select parks. Anyone 18 and under will receive a “Grab and Go” lunch and snack that includes fruits and veggies, seeds, and healthy dairy products. Lunch will be served from 12 – 1 p.m. and snacks are served from 3 – 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday to August 6th.

Every Body Swims:
All County run aquatic facilities will be offering their pools for the community to practice their aquatic skills, get physically active and enjoy their summer to all ages. The facilities will be open Monday-Friday 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm and Saturdays 12:30 pm – 2:30pm and 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm through August 22nd.

Every Body Plays Drop-in Summer Adventure:
Offered from 11 am to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday at 56 parks and nature centers, this FREE 8-week drop-in program launches June 14 and runs until August 6. All COVID-19 safety guidelines are fully adhered to. Children can enjoy lunch and snack at the park with their friends and family before joining the fun at select parks from 12-1 pm daily via a grab-n-go service delivery. The program provides children ages 7 thru 17 with access to caring and trained park staff who serve as mentors and lead an array of programs and activities. These activities range from sports, fitness, arts and crafts, STEM, group games, story time and so much more. Every day is an adventure in LA County Parks!

Splash Pads:
Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Splash Pads offer a fun area for kids throughout the county to cool off during the hot summer months. With 23 locations throughout the area, these popular attractions make for a fun, safe, and easily accessible way for families to enjoy their summer.

The Parks After Dark programming includes:

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Free Friday Movie Nights:|
Every Friday to August 6, 2021, you can enjoy free movie nights under the stars for the entire family to enjoy including Onward (2020), Raya and the Last Dragon (2021), and Tom and Jerry (2021) among others.

Free Saturday Night Concerts:
Discover new music and sounds every Saturday to August 7, 2021. Mark your calendars for this music exploration experience and diversify your musical palette with a diverse group of musicians and artists. Enjoy musical acts such as Pablo Sune, Opa Opa, Stix, and Kotolan among others. For programming schedule and details visit your local park for information or visit Parks.lacounty.gov/pad
Participating Los Angeles parks include Belvedere, Salazar, Obregon, East Rancho Dominguez, Helen Keller, Jesse Owens, and Roosevelt among others. For programming schedule and details, visit your local park for information or visit parks.lacounty.gov/pad
For a complete list of activities offered this summer at your local LA County Park, visit park.lacounty.gov/summer
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