The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation launched a variety of new and free programming for youth and families to enjoy the outdoors, following COVID-19 health guidelines. “This spring, more than ever before, we can all appreciate the need for outdoor activities and events that help children thrive while bringing our communities together,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
These free programs give families and children access to safe and fun recreation opportunities that promote health and wellness for all age groups while exploring our city’s many wonderful parks.
Every Body Explores
This new program encourages local communities to experience the outdoors by visiting trails, participating in workshops, and discovering open spaces. The drop-in program offers opportunities to become a community scientist through scavenger hunts and creative nature projects, like building a birdhouse. The program will be offered at seven L.A. County nature centers: Eaton, Placerita, and San Dimas Canyons, Stoneview, Vasquez Rocks, Whittier Narrows, and Deane Dana Friendship Park Nature Centers. Registration is not required.
Every Body Explores is Wednesdays through Fridays 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sports For All
This eight-week long program encourages youth ages 6-12 years to try something new or play a sport they already love. L.A. County Parks full-time recreation staff along with support from recurrent team members will offer basic training in core sports such as basketball, baseball, t-ball/coach pitch, softball, soccer, cheer, and volleyball. Pre-registration is required.
Sports For All is held Saturdays April 10 – May 29. Trainings are 2-hour sessions.
This program launched at the beginning of the pandemic and continues this spring with new offerings and ways to explore L.A. County Parks. The new outdoor activity kit includes food supplies, a kite, flying disc, sun catcher, a bug jar, butterfly catcher, magnifying glass and starter gardening kit. Families will also find spring pre-filled eggs to create their own hunt and a coloring book to enter the art contest by April 11 for a chance to win a bike and helmet.
Grab-N-Go requires pre-registration and spots are limited.