The Cascade Playground (former playground of the long-demolished Cascade School) in the Cascade neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.  • Photo by Joe Mabel
The Cascade Playground (former playground of the long-demolished Cascade School) in the Cascade neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. • Photo by Joe Mabel

As Seattle schools head into a second week of a strike, community centers are getting ready to serve 3,000 children.

Drop-in activities at 21 community centers around the city will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parks and Recreation will accommodate youth in kindergarten through 6th grade. There is no cost and the activities are open to all families. The recreation activities will operate only if school is not in session.

For the week of September 14:

  • Families do not have to be enrolled in Seattle Parks and Recreation’s before- and after-school program.
  • Children will be asked to bring a sack lunch.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation will provide a breakfast snack.
  • Seattle Human Services Department will provide sack lunches (and afternoon snacks) for those who don’t bring lunch.
  • City Year has offered 84 AmeriCorps members who have already cleared background checks to assist with the camps.

Parents or guardians can register online or in person at a community center:

  • All registration is first come, first serve.
  • SPARC registration system:
  • A registration form must be filled out to complete the registration process. The form is available online at or at community centers.
  • Parents may also register children and complete the registration form on the first day a child attends the program as space is available.
  • Parents/guardians must drop children off by 9 a.m. or else the waiting list will be activated.
  • Children will only be released to authorized person, with identification, listed on the sign-up form.
  • During this high volume drop-in program parents with children having problems may have to be called to pick their child(ren) up early.

Note: Preschool programs will be canceled at all community centers for the duration of the strike. Families will receive a pro-rated credit for the days missed. Displaced families can call the City of Seattle’s Childcare Hotline at 206-386-1050 for assistance in finding alternative child care.

The camps will take place at these centers:

  • Northwest Seattle: Ballard, Bitter Lake, Loyal Heights, Magnolia community centers
  • Northeast Seattle: Magnuson, Meadowbrook, Northgate, Ravenna-Eckstein community centers
  • Central: Garfield, Miller, Queen Anne, Yesler community centers
  • Southwest Seattle: Alki, Delridge, Hiawatha, High Point, South Park community centers
  • Southeast: Jefferson, Rainier, Rainier Beach, Van Asselt community centers

Daily activities will vary by site.  This is a sample of activities that may be scheduled.

Program Hour Activity
8:00 am

8:00-8:30 am

8:30-9:00 am

9:00-9:45 am

9:45-10:30 am

10:30-11:30 am

11:30 am-Noon

Noon-12:30 pm

12:30-12:45 pm

12:45-1:00 pm

1:00-3:00 pm

3:00-3:30 pm

3:30-4:30 pm

4:30-5:00 pm

5:00 pm


Arrival and Divide into age groups


Morning circle

Structured activities

Outdoor Play

Free play


Quiet time

Story time

Choice activities


Open play

Clean up, small group activities


In addition, Seattle Parks and Recreation Teen Life Centers at Meadowbrook, Garfield and Southwest community centers will open for drop-in two hours earlier than normal from 11 a.m. until their regular closing times. For more information, visit

Late Night Recreation programs will operate at their regular schedules at Bitter Lake, Delridge, High Point, Rainier, Rainier Beach, South Park, and Van Asselt community centers and at Garfield, Meadowbrook and Southwest Teen Life Centers.

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