Looking for some mid-week family fun?
By Chasity Jennings-Nuñez
Summer evenings in Southern California are made for being outdoors. Weekends in the San Gabriel Valley are jam-packed with family entertainment, but summer is the time for mid-week diversions that are inexpensive and close to home.
Tuesdays and Thursdays in San Gabriel, the City offers recreation and relaxation for the whole family that is free or very low cost. Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, some events still require pre-registration, but it is easy and quick to do.
Tuesdays at Smith Park, 232 W Broadway, San Gabriel
How about a picnic, fun art project and a dip in the pool to manage that summer heat? Smith Park has large open green spaces, playgrounds, lighted basketball and tennis courts, as well as picnic areas. Throw a blanket on the grass and let your kids do what kids do best, PLAY! Finish off the night with a scoop from one of the 31 flavors at a local ice cream shop and its sweet dreams.
Art in the Park, sponsored by the San Gabriel Parks and Recreation: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, free event*
Recreation Swimming, 7:00 pm -9:00 pm, all ages, $1.50-2.50/per person*
Thursdays at Vincent Lugo Park, Home of La Laguna Playground, Wells and Ramona Ave.
Art in the Park is at Vincent Lugo Park on Thursdays at 5:30 pm. On July 15th plan to stay in the park and bring your own food to dine al fresco as you watch Lilo and Stitch on the big screen at 8:00 pm. The kids can enjoy playing in “Dinosaur Park” or taking a brisk walk with you on the walking path around the park until the movie starts.
On Thursday July 29th, the Parks and Recs department will offer a special Kids’ Concert at 7:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public.
Art in the Park will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays until August 12. Check for more summer events in San Gabriel City as life in the San Gabriel Valley returns to normal.
*pre-registration is required for a reserved area.
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