Summer Resources for Families
The Northshore community has a wealth of resources to support families during the summer months.Food ProgramsFree Summer Meals for Children 18 and YoungerFree summer lunches for children 18 years and under will be provided by the Northshore YMCA, July 6 - Aug. 31, Monday thru Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave. N.E., Kenmore, and First Lutheran Church, 10207 NE 183rd St., Bothell. (download English/Spanish flyer)The USDA provides a number of resources, in both English and Spanish, to raise awareness in your community.
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, United Way of King County and WithinReach are sponsoring free summer meals for kids ages 18 and under at selected schools, parks, community centers and more. Find a site by calling 1-888-436-6392 or at ParentHelp123.org.The USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The program is open to all children 18 and younger. NO enrollment, No cost! Please visit www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks to find a summer meal site near you.Harvest Share Program for Low-Income Families21 Acres offers a Harvest Share CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program for low-income families interested in receiving fresh, locally grown, sustainable produce from area farmers at an affordable price. Select either a Half Share, $16 ($8 with EBT Quest card) 5-7 veggie items, or a Full Share, $25 ($13 with EBT card) 7-9 items with fruit.
- USDA Summer Meals Hotline at 1-866-348-6479. Families will receive assistance to find the location, meal times, and contact information for summer meals based on their full address, city, and/or zip code.
- USDA Summer meals finder at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks. This website is easy for families to use as they can access summer meals locations by entering their zip code.
Participate all season from June 10 through October 28 or shorter sessions during that time.There are two convenient pick up locations: 21 Acres, Woodinville, 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturdays or Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore , 4-7 p.m., on Tuesdays.For more information visit the 21 Acres Harvest Share/CSA webpage or contact Meghan Tenhoff, Market Programs, Meghan@21acres.org or call 425-481-1500.
Summer Activities12101 NE 160th St.Bothell, WA 98011Care Day is a day devoted to connecting people in the Northshore community experiencing need with immediate access to the services and resources they need. In one place—on one day—attendees enjoy a hot meal and have access to free health services, haircuts, groceries, public benefits, referrals to employment training and much more. Visit www.careday.net for more information.23723 23rd Ave. SE
Bothell, WA 98021The Northshore School District, in partnership with the Northshore Human Services Consortium and other human service organizations, hosts the annual Back to School Fair. All ages are welcome to attend this FREE event. There will be entertainment, music, free children's ID cards and haircuts, food and drinks, children's activities and school and community resource information.Community Summer Activities and CampsMany local organizations offer summer activities and camps for families. To view the district's e-flier listings for summer activities and camps, please visit the district's e-fliers webpage.
Additional Summer ResourcesBelow is a listing of some additional summer resource opportunities.
- Northshore YMCA
- City of Bothell Parks and Recreation
- City of Bothell Events Schedule
- City of Kenmore Parks and Recreation
- City of Kenmore Special Events
- City of Woodinville Parks
- City of Woodinville Calendar
- Old Fire House Teen Center, Redmond Center for Human Services Family Support Centers Activities & Services
- King County Libraries
- Boys and Girls Club
- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts of the USA
- Camp Fire
A list of community resources is available on the district's Community Resources Directory webpage.
Academic ResourcesParents and students looking for academic resources outside the Northshore School District in the areas of tutoring, credit retrieval courses, or online course options, please visit the Academic Resources webpage.
Summer Safety ResourcesSummer is a fun time for children to play outside and walk in their neighborhoods, but kids can be at risk for injury during this season. To make sure your kids stay safe, the City of Kenmore recommends that children:
- always cross the street with an adult until age 10
- cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
- look left, right and left again when crossing
- always walk, never run, when crossing streets
- walk on sidewalks or paths
- walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible if there are no sidewalks
- never run out into the street or cross in between parked cars
- wear a properly fitting helmet every time they ride a bicycle or play wheeled sports
- are never left alone in vehicles
- play in safe areas, away from streets and vehicles
Water SafetyWater recreation is a popular summertime activity and while most enjoy it safely, there are avoidable drownings and other tragic situations almost every year. To ensure you’ll have fun visiting our rivers, lakes, streams or swimming pools, please plan ahead and have safety as your goal. (please read the important water safety letter (English | Spanish) from King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Public Heath - Seattle & King County and King County Sheriff's Office)
- slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods
- take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
- enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
- watch for children on and near the road during daytime hours
- never leave a child alone in a vehicle
- always lock car doors and trunks and keep keys out of children’s reach
- remember that children may move in unpredictable ways
- reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings