Did you know that there are Supervised Park Playground Programs this summer in Ashwaubenon, De Pere, Howard and Green Bay at 28 different parks?
Each program is slightly different, but as a general rule, these programs are for kids ages 6 & up. It is a drop-in program, but kids typically need to be registered in the program to participate. The parks are staffed with “Parkees” who are area high school students and positive role models who plan and lead activities to do with the kids throughout the summer. Activities include arts and crafts, games, sports, theme weeks, special events/field trips and more! It is not necessary to be a resident of the given city to participate in the program and the Ashwaubenon and Green Bay programs are FREE!!
Please note that while recreation staff will supervise participants during scheduled activities they are not responsible for keeping track of children for the duration of the day and this should not be used as a substitute for child-care services. Kids may come and go as they please and participate in the scheduled activities of their choice at any of the participating parks. Staff is also not responsible for providing activities for non-registered children where registration is required. Playgrounds are subject to close if there is inclement weather such as lightning/thunder, heavy rain, hail, extreme wind or exceedingly hot temperatures.
Details for each program are as follows:
DAYS: Monday thru Friday, June 8-August 15 (program begins at 1PM on June 8; closed July 4)
TIMES: 10:30AM-12:30PM & 1:00-4:30PM
AGES: 6 & up
7 PARK LOCATIONS: Argonne/Canterbury, Fort Howard, Pioneer, Sand Acres, Smith, Waterford
REGISTRATION: Parents should register their children with the playground leader at the park they are attending. Contact the parks department with any questions at 920-492-2331.
OTHER: Argonne & Canterbury will have a split schedule for 2023. Canterbury will be staffed M/W/F & Argonne will be staffed T/TH. There will be three optional field trips offered during the summer: 6/28 to Get Air, 7/19 to Bay Beach and 8/9 to Ashwaubomay Lake. There will also be special events at Pioneer Park from 1:30-4:30 on 6/22 (Escape Park), 7/13 (3, 2, 1 Action!) and 7/27 (Water Olympics).
DAYS: Monday thru Friday, June 7-August 11 (closed July 3 & 4)
TIMES: 9:00AM-12:00PM & 12:30-4:00PM (Optimist park location will close from 11:00-11:30AM and the Summer Lunch Program will be served at Optimist during that time)
4 PARK LOCATIONS: Braisher, Kiwanis, Optimist & Patriot
COST: $20 per participant for all on-site daily activities for entire summer (additional costs for some optional special events)
REGISTRATION: All registrations must be made online or at the De Pere Community Center. No registrations will be accepted at the parks. Participants may register anytime throughout the summer and once registered may attend daily programs at any of the parks. Find online registration here and type in “Park Playground Program” in search box.
OTHER: Families are invited to Optimist Park on Wednesday, August 2nd to celebrate the summer with a Summer Carnival and games from 5-7:30. Game tickets are 20 cents each and a $1 hotdog dinner will be available.
DAYS: Monday thru Thursday, June 12-August 10 (closed July 3 & 4)
1 PARK LOCATION: Meadowbrook
COST: $160 resident/$175 non-resident per participant for all on-site daily activities for entire summer
REGISTRATION: Registration closes 6/9. Call 920-434-4640 for more info about registration.
OTHER: Parents/guardians decide if they want their children checked in/out by an adult each day or if they want children to check themselves in/out. Participants may attend as much or as little as they want. A concussion form must be completed prior to participation. Summer Lunch Program will be served at Meadowbrook Park as well.
DAYS: Monday thru Friday, June 12-August 18 (begins at 1PM on June 13, ends at 1PM on August 18; closed July 4 & August 1 for Kiddie Carnival)
16 PARK LOCATIONS: Astor, Beaumont, Eastman, Colburn, Fisk, Fritsch, Joannes, John Muir, JF Kennedy, McAuliffe, Marquette, Mather Heights, Red Smith, Seymour, VT Pride, Wilder
REGISTRATION: No registration needed–kids just drop-in to participate. Contact Green Bay Parks & Recreation department with any questions at 920-448-3365.
OTHER: Activities include arts & crafts, gardening, reading enhancement programs, sports, nature, board games, skill building, theme days, Einstein projects and more! Free Summer Lunch program is also provided Mon-Fri (except July 4-8) at various times at all of the Green Bay participating playground program locations except Red Smith. A variety of activities, city-wide special events, games and sports will be offered. Check the website here for complete details.