Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Free Recreation Programs

Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer a variety of popular, free recreation programs for families, teens and older adults beginning June 20. Residents can call or visit their neighborhood park for schedules and to register for activities.

Children playing outdoors in summer

“There are a lot of fun, family-friendly activities starting this month that the City offers for free,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “These are great ways to get out to our City parks and other outdoor spaces to relax, exercise, and simply enjoy the summer.”

Summer Fun Days engage children ages 5 to 12 in supervised fun such as sports, games, arts and crafts, and special events. This is a free drop-in program where registered participants may come and go as they please. The program will run Monday through Friday, from June 20 to August 26, from noon to 5 p.m. each day at parks throughout Long Beach. Pre-registration is required. Participants should visit the park of their choice at 3 p.m. from now through Friday, June 17 to register. Locations are available on the Summer Fun Days webpage.

Be S.A.F.E. (Summer Activities in a Friendly Environment) offers free recreation activities at 11 City parks Monday through Friday, from June 20 through August 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. Residents have many options for spending time together including arts and crafts, games, sports, science activities, computer labs and more. Free movie showings are made possible by sponsorship from the Port of Long Beach. More information, including the list of Be S.A.F.E. locations and the movie schedule, is available on the Be S.A.F.E. webpage.

Movies in the Park, sponsored by Signal Hill Petroleum and Partners of Parks, will offer free, family-friendly movies at various parks throughout Long Beach and Signal Hill from June 20 through August 21. Movies begin at dusk. Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic-style dinners and their family and friends. Visit the Movies in the Park webpage for the complete list of locations and movie titles.

The Mobile Recess Program, taking place June 20 through August 26, brings trucks loaded with supplies and equipment to neighborhood streets to provide free recreational activities for youth ages 5 through 14. Streets are blocked off for safety and kids participate in physical fitness and arts and crafts activities. Participants can register online or at any participating Mobile Recess location. Visit the Mobile Recess webpage for days, times and locations.

As recently announced, the Long Beach Municipal Band will celebrate their 113th season with performances in Long Beach parks June 28 through August 5. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free.

  • Whaley Park – June 28 and July 5 
  • Bluff Park – July 12, 19 and 26 
  • Veterans Park – August 2 
  • Los Cerritos Park – Wednesdays, June 29 through August 3
  • Larry Curtis Concert Park at Marine Stadium Park – Thursdays, June 30 through August 4
  • El Dorado Park West – Fridays, July 1 through August 5

The Be S.A.F.E. and Mobile Recess programs are made possible by the Long Beach Recovery Act, a plan to fund economic and public health initiatives for Long Beach residents, workers and businesses critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additional information about the Long Beach Recovery Act is available at longbeach.gov/recovery.

These programs align with Goal 2 of the Race and Reconciliation Initiative in Long Beach to strengthen funding, capacity, resources, and visibility of local community-based violence prevention intervention summer programming and Goal 4 to increase access to park space and recreation programming to foster physical activity, community connections, and safe spaces for children and families to play.

About the City of Long Beach 

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program. 

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About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine  
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 169 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space, and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City’s Open Space Plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs, maintains public marinas, and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.

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