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Free Recreation Programs Starting June 20

Release Date: 2023-06-09

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, 2023. Residents can call or visit their neighborhood park community centers for schedules and to register for activities.

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, June 20 to August 25, from noon to 5 p.m. each day at parks throughout Long Beach. Pre-registration is required at program locations, 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, June 20 through August 25, 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 21 through August 25. 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 25, 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 114th season with performances in Long Beach parks June 27 through August 4. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free:

  • Whaley Park – June 27 and July 11 
  • Bluff Annex Park – July 18, 25 and August 1 
  • Los Cerritos Park – Wednesdays, June 28 through August 2
  • Recreation Park – Thursdays, June 29 through August 3
  • El Dorado Park West – Fridays June 30 through August 4

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.

Media inquiries may be directed to Jane Grobaty, Community Information Officer, Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, at 562.570.3233 or Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov.