City offers free family fun throughout the summer


Parks, Recreation and Environment invites children between the ages of 5 to 12 years old and their parents to participate in the Summer Playground Program from July 4 to August 26. This free program running Monday through Friday in six of Nanaimo's parks is fun for the whole family and includes music, crafts, games and sports.

Also, in Nanaimo's parks throughout the summer are Family Fun Nights on Wednesday evenings starting July 13 and running until August 17 at a different park each week.

Strategic Link: The Summer Playground Program supports the Community Building Partnerships priority.

Key Points

  • The Summer Playground program runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Harewood Centennial Water Park and Mansfield Park Mondays through Fridays; Carmanah Park and Country Hill Park Mondays through Wednesdays; and in Groveland Park and Deverill Square Park on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Family Fun Nights run on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Mansfield Park on July 13 and August 3, Carmanah Park on July 20, Country Hills Park on July 27, Groveland Park on August 10 and Deverill Square Park on August 17.
  • The Summer Playground Program is in partnership with Harewood Neighbourhood Association and Nanaimo Foodshare.


"The Summer Playground program and Family Fun Nights get the whole family outside to play together and enjoy free summer fun in Nanaimo's parks."

Recreation Coordinator
City of Nanaimo

Quick Facts

  • Other free, fun things to do this summer include the Search for the Golden Bucket Contest, Summer Concerts in the Park Series and waterparks located in four parks throughout Nanaimo are open.


Deborah Beck
Recreation Coordinator
City of Nanaimo

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