Summer activities abound in Tukwila

Basketball camps for kids, volleyball leagues for adults, or just hanging out and having fun. Tukwila Parks and Recreation is offering a ton of options for youths and adults this summer. One highlight is the Summer Playground Program, offered for free at Cascade View Community Park.

A Foster cheerleader plays a game with kids at Tukwila's Summer Playground program.

Basketball camps for kids, volleyball leagues for adults, or just hanging out and having fun. Tukwila Parks and Recreation is offering a ton of options for youths and adults this summer.

One highlight is the Summer Playground Program, offered for free at Cascade View Community Park.

“It’s just a safe place to play in the park,” said Marlus Francis, recreation coordinator for Tukwila. “The kids can have fun and interact with other kids and positive role models.”

The program also has another perk: free lunch. Sack lunches are available from 12-12:30 p.m. for the first 100 participants each day. The drop-in program provides games and group activities for children.

“We’re pretty open as far as activities we actually schedule for the kids,” Francis said. “We usually do one or two special events each summer, like a tie-dye day or root beer float day.”

The program runs through Aug. 23, every day Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cascade View Community Park is located at 14211 37th Ave. S.

There are several camps available for kids at the Tukwila Community Center this summer, including the Youth Soccer Camp, Elite Basketball Skills Camp, Tennis Camp and Southside Academy Hoops Camp.

The camps offer expert coaching. Granville Emerson will coach at the Elite Basketball Skills Camp. Emerson is an assistant for the Seattle Prep boys varsity basketball team. Foster tennis coach Sopheak Ngeth will instruct at the tennis camp. Former University of Washington player Jamaal Williams will coach at the Southside Academy Hoops Camp. All four camps are in August. Check online for registration dates and fees.

There are also many chances to get out and have some fun outside of TCC. One of which is Teen Summer Trips. There are two left this summer, Aug. 8 to WildWaves and Aug. 22 to Outdoor Adventure. The outings are for grades 8-12. Teens leave TCC at 9 a.m. and return by 4 p.m.

Other options are Camp Tukwilly (featuring trips to Enchanted Village, Pacific Science Center, and more), and TeenVenture Camp (Woodland Park Zoo, State Patrol tour, Franz Bread tour, skating, and more).

If you’re seeking more fitness-oriented activities, TCC offers access to several exercise machines an assortment of weights. Drop-in fees are $5 for an adult and $3 for youth and seniors. Check online for prices on passes up to six months. The TCC also has personal training available.

There is a large array of fitness classes available including Boot Camp, Fitness Fusion, Jazzercise, Body Sculpting, Zumba, Ballet Body, plus several different yoga classes and workshops.

If you’re more into playing games, there are two racquetball courts that can be reserved up to three days in advance, plus a new game called middle ball. Played on a racquetball court, it is similar to volleyball and wallyball. There are also year-round adult volleyball and basketball leagues.

There’s even more going on at TCC, check tukwila.gov/recreation/recbrochure.pdf for the full lineup of activities, and more information on fees, dates and registration.

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