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Magnuson Park Summer Camps

Magnuson Community Center has a diverse offering of summer day camps for kids interested in STEM, performing arts, visual arts, nature and outdoors, and sports! Look for the Summer Camp 2020 brochure, coming in March!

Registration opens April 7, 2020! Register early, classes fill up fast.

Additional Camps at Magnuson Park: In addition to our Seattle Parks and Recreation programs at Magnuson Community Center you can find programs hosted by over a dozen organization at Magnuson Park. Check out some additional camp options below!

Indoor Sports and Recreation

kids having fun on indoor tennis court

Arena Sports
Arena Sports Summer Camp offers endless fun for kids ages 5-12 years. Children stay actively involved in safe sports and games while learning teamwork and sportsmanship. Campers will play all their favorite age-appropriate games, burning energy all day. Search the activities and registration portal online for dates and times.

Tennis Center Sand Point
Our coaching emphasis and philosophy is on PLAY at our camps.  Play is a very powerful tool to help kids grow while staying engaged.  Players will not only grow in their tennis and athletic skills but also learn many valuable life lessons that come with playing.  We offer camps for ages 6-17 years, beginner to high performance players.  Half-day camp available for most camps.  You can choose any combination of 1-week camps to attend.  Camps start the week of June 25 – August 24.  

Rowing, Boating and Bicycling Camps 

kids sailing in small boats

Sail Sand Point
Sail Sand Point offers a variety of safe and fun camp experiences for ages 6-17. SSP offers camps for beginning, intermediate, and racing sailors, as well as a variety of camps for kids who want to be on the water in kayaks, SUPS, windsurfers, or a combination of boats! We also offer Mommy (or Daddy) and me camps for parents and children together. Please register online at sailsandpoint.org – registration opens at noon on February 1st. SSP also offers scholarships – please see our website for the quick application form.

Cascade Bicycle Club
Get your kids out and riding! Try out one of our fun summer camps. Our camps empower youth using on and off-bike activities with a focus on applied learning, critical thinking skills, safe riding and fun. We have camps for 6-15-year olds.

Mountaineers Summer Camps
Join in on the adventure with the Seattle Mountaineers! Day camp is based out of the Seattle Program Center at Magnuson Park and is for campers ages 6-12. Each week consists of rock climbing, outdoor skills, swimming, games, crafts, and camp songs. Additionally, every week has a field trip and/or outdoor adventures relating to the given theme.

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This Is What Matters As Florida Allows Reopening Of Youth Sports, Summer Camps And Recreation Activities

By Arthur L. Caplan & Lee H. Igel

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida says it is time for kids to have some summer fun playing sports and going to camp together again. After two months of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, sports leagues, summer camps and organized recreation activities across the state are now being allowed to reopen. Beyond the symptom screening, sanitizing and social distancing, what needs to be done to help ensure that kids can go running, jumping, swimming, kicking and screaming in a safe way?

Florida has had something of an early lead when it comes to managing sports in coronavirus times. In mid-April, with professional sports suspended, WWE was cleared to stage wrestlers-only television events after DeSantis designated “professional sports and media production with a national audience” at a location “closed to the general public” as essential services. And throughout the pandemic, the NBA and MLB have been among the major leagues exploring plans for restarting their seasons at sites in Florida, including Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. But those decisions have concerned paid adults—not kids—getting back in the game.

The decision to lift restrictions on youth sports and recreation activities, according to an announcement from DeSantis, was based on a few key factors. One is the low COVID-19 infection rate among children. Another is concern for children’s physical and emotional health. A third is what youth sports and recreation programs could contribute to local communities and economies.

Florida has recorded just over 50,000 of the more than 1.6 million COVID-19 cases in the United States to date, according to Johns Hopkins data tracking. The state has also recorded about 2,200 of the more than 100,000 deaths across the country. There are all sorts of suggestions as to what is leading to those relatively low rates in Florida—from public response to social distancing measures and disaster response from experience with hurricanes to early orders banning outside visitors from entering nursing homes and restricting COVID-positive patients from returning to nursing homes after they were sent to hospitals. Meanwhile, like many places around the nation and the world, Florida hasn’t been without its share of people missing the point. Crowding at popular public places, especially beaches and bars, has made headlines. So, too, have questions about officials manipulating data to make the coronavirus case numbers appear better than they might actually be.

In any case, Florida appears to be weathering the pandemic in good enough condition to begin reopening many services. One of the last states to issue a “safer-at-home” order, it is one of the first states to go ahead with opening up organized sports and recreation activities.

Sports and recreation are an important part of healthy childhood. Sports and recreation promote lifelong physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth