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Play in the Parks

Play in the Parks!

Explore, Experience and Enjoy FREE Activities in the Parks!

The Play in the Parks events initiated in the summer of 2016 to provide free community events focused on wellness throughout Lincoln. It's sister program, Party in the Parks, started in 2013.

Special Events

Lincoln Play Day!

Walk the woods park loop and play on the way!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Time: 5-7pm
Woods Park, 33rd & “O” Street

We have a wide variety of fun activities for kids of ALL ages, from 2 to 92! All activities at the park are free!

Attendees are encouraged to walk, run and ride to this wellness event. Bike racks are available throughout the park, tennis and pool areas. Parking available in near 32nd and O Streets next to the Health and Parks Administration Buildings as well as Woods Pool and Tennis center parking lots off J Street as well as the Kiwanis baseball field south of Woods Park. Attendees should plan on wearing attire appropriate for physical activity.

Summer Long Programming

Active Living Every Day

Find ways to be active every day: at work, at home, on vacation, etc. You will learn the skills you need to become and stay physically active.
Dates: May 2-July 25
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 9:30-10:30 am
Location: F Street Community Center, 1225 “F” St

Belmont Family in the Park

Food, Fun and Swimming for all ages at Belmont Park and Pool. Hotdogs and chip provided. For more information, call (402) 441-6789.
Wednesday, August 8
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Belmont Park and Swimming Pool, 1234 Judson St

Canoeing at Holmes Lake

Dates: May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Get outside and enjoy canoeing on Holmes Lake. Our staff will teach you how to properly navigate the waters. Lifejackets, canoes and paddles are provided for the experience. Meet at the canoe rack on the North side of Holmes Lake, 70th & Normal Blvd.

Crunch and Lunch

Dates: May 29-August 10, 2018
Time: 9 am-12:30 pm
Locations: Peter Pan Park (33rd & Y St).
Free Breakfast and Lunch for kids ages 2-18. Free Weekly activities for kids who have completed K-5. Breakfast served from 9-9:30. Lunch served from 12-12:30 at ConnectioN Point (1333 n. 33rd).
Download the Crunch & Lunch Participant Information Form and the Parent Handbook. Applications must be sent to Melissa at the F Street COmmunity Center, 1225 F Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. For more information, call (402) 441-4900. *No program or food on 7/4.

Move More Lincoln

Move More Lincoln Wellness Series

Dates: May 29th - September 29th, 2018
Tuesdays 5:30-6:15 pm: Zumba
Wednesdays 12-12:45 pm: Yoga
Thursdays 5:30-6:15 pm: Zumba
Fridays 12-12:45 pm: Feeling Fit with Aging Partners
Saturdays 10:00-10:45 am: Yoga
No class June 9, 13, 22, and 23.
Get Fit at Union Plaza, 21st & P St. For more information, visit
Community Partner: Community Health Endowment of Lincoln

Water Fitness -Adult

Ages: 15+ yrs
Last year was a hit, so we brought it back! Get fit and have fun in the water. This class is a bit more intense. Expect to do walking and cardio exercises in the water as well as resistance work for strength building. All activities will be done in the water. Classes are entirely free, we ask that you check in at the front desk before hopping in the pool. For more info, (402) 441-4906.

Dates: June 1 - August 13, 2018

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm: Eden Pool, 4400 Antelope Creek Road, near 48th and Normal Blvd, 402-441-7827
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 pm: Belmont Pool, 12th & Manatt, 402-441-7826
Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 pm: Irvingdale Pool, 1900 Van Dorn, 402-441-7828
Fridays, 5:00-6:00 pm: Eden Pool, 4400 Antelope Creek Road, near 48th and Normal Blvd, 402-441-7827
Sundays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm: Eden Pool, 4400 Antelope Creek Road, near 48th and Normal Blvd, 402-441-7827
Sundays, 6:00-6:45: Ballard Pool, 3901N. 66th , 402-441-7898
Sundays, 6:15-7:15 pm: Irvingdale Pool, 1900 Van Dorn, 402-441-7828

Water Fitness - Youth

Ages: 5th - 12th grade
Parent waiver will need to be signed prior to participation. For more info, (402) 441-4906.
Dates: May 30th – August 8th
Tuesdays , 6:30-7:30 pm: Irvingdale Pool, 1900 Van Dorn, 402-441-7828

Wacky Water Sports

Bring yourself or the whole family as we explore the joy of underwater hockey, logrolling, water polo, and aqua-quidditch. Two of events will be provided each class. Swimming ability preferred.
Ages: 6yrs +
Thursday, June 7, 6-7:30 pm: Arnold Pool, 4000 NW 46th
Saturday, June 16, 10:30 am-12 pm: Highlands Pool, 5511 NW 12th
Saturday, June 30, 10:30 am-12 pm: University Place, 2000 N 48th Thursday, July 12, 6-7:30pm Eden Pool, 4400 Antelope Creek
Saturday, July 21, 6-7:30 pm: Belmont Pool, 12th & Manatt
Thursday, Aug 2, 6-7:30 pm: Ballard Pool, 3901 N 66th
Saturday, Aug 11, 10 am-11:30 am: Star City Shores, 4375 S. 33rd Ct.

Play Lincoln and Yoga (P.L.A.Y.)

Dates: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018
Day: Sundays
Time: 10-11 am
Location : Antelope Bark Band Shell
Community Partner: Community Health Endowment of Lincoln