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Park & Recreation Month 2024

Park & Recreation Month 2024
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For nearly 40 years, the nation has celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. This month is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals— along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — who maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.  

This year’s theme — “Where You Belong” — celebrates the many ways park and recreation professionals across the country foster a sense of belonging in their community by providing welcoming and inclusive programs, essential services for all ages and abilities, and safe, accessible spaces to build meaningful connections. 

Join us and the National Recreation and Park Association as we celebrate #WhereYouBelong and recognize the people, spaces, and programs that create a sense of belonging in our community. Thanks to our partner Martin's Point Health Care, we are thrilled to offer a variety of events including fitness, wellness, family-friendly, and kid-approved activities. Check them out below and be sure to save the calendar if you want to join in on the fun!

Download your Park & Recreation Month 2024 Calendar HERE!


Yoga in the Park with Scarborough Yoga | FREE!

Lay surrounded by the beauty of nature and balance your mind and body with breath work and movement. These all-level classes will open the space you need to release stress and flow with the rhythm of your own life. Recommended items: Yoga mat or blanket, water, sunscreen, and sunglasses or a hat.

Slow Flow
Join Chris Byrne for this 60-minute slow flow practice designed to welcome all bodies, ability and experience levels. Rooted in the practice of mindfulness, this class has a heavy emphasis on connecting with the compassion that resides within your heart, both for you and the people around you!
 
Monday, July 8
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Memorial Park, 5 Durant Drive, Scarborough
 
Yin Yoga
Join Andrea Gleason for a gentle take-it-to-the-mat Yin practice.  Yin Yoga contrasts with the more active practices in that it has fewer postures but held for a longer time. By holding poses in a relaxed state you’ll exercise the non-elastic tissues in your body (joints, ligaments, connective tissues, and fascia).
 
Monday, July 29
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Memorial Park, 5 Durant Drive, Scarborough
 

Chair Yoga | FREE!

Join Anne Esguerra, a IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, for these FREE in-person chair yoga sessions in July. She offers a practice that leans into the curiosity of self study filled with avenues of accessibility, permission and exploration. We'll move, breathe and notice. What you choose to do with that is up to you.

Every Wednesday in July
9:00 am - 10:00 am
SCS Hub, 418 Payne Road, Scarborough


Zumba with Dani | FREE!

Zumba combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using principles from aerobic and fitness to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits.  Not great at dance or can’t move quickly? No problem! All ages and abilities are welcome, as every move can be modified to fit your needs. Instructor Dani can’t wait to share her passion for this fun fitness program with everyone!

Tuesdays, July 9 and 23
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Memorial Park, 5 Durant Drive, Scarborough


Christmas in July | FREE!

We are celebrating everything fun about Christmas … but in July! The Hub will be decorated for the season and open to families to enjoy free-play time, crafts and activities, and more. Holiday colors or pajamas are encouraged!

Thursday, July 11
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
SCS Hub, 418 Payne Road, Scarborough


Maine Backyard Campout

Join Scarborough Community Services the weekend of July 12-14 for the Maine Backyard Campout! Each year the Maine Recreation and Park Association encourages families to spend the second weekend of July camping right here in their own backyard. No yard? No problem! Pitch a tent or build a fort in your living room to join the fun.

Want the chance to win a great prize pack? Print out our special MBC BINGO board, complete five activities in a row (or as many as you can), and submit your BINGO board to us by Monday, July 15 by dropping them off at the SCS Hub or emailing them to comser@scarboroughmaine.org. The submitted board enters you into our exciting raffle.

Download your BINGO board HERE!


Bricks & Barbies | FREE!

Turn your imaginative dreams into reality at the Hub! Whether you want to build a towering LEGO skyscraper or dress to impress with Barbie, we’ll have everything you need to let your creativity run wild. This all-ages event is the perfect opportunity for families and friends to come together and explore imaginative play in a fun, welcoming environment! This is a drop-in event and activities will be ongoing throughout.

Saturday, July 13
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
SCS Hub, 418 Payne Road, Scarborough


Kids Jamboree 2024 | FREE!

Enough with the grown-up concerts! How about one just for the kids? Join us in Memorial Park for a kids-centric celebration, featuring a KindKids Music concert with Amanda Panda, Hannaford Snack Pals pop-up, youth movement games and activities, an ice cream truck for treat purchases, and more! 

As an added bonus, we are also partnering with Burano’s Wood Fired Pizzeria to make this night a community giveback night! Order your dinner items from Burano’s on 7/15 and bring them to the event with you! A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to our Rec Scholarship Fund, helping to provide local youth with low-to-no cost recreational opportunities throughout the year. Check them out at buranospizza.com or call 207-289-6781.

Monday, July 15
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Memorial Park, 5 Durant Drive, Scarborough


Family Trail Fun with Scarborough Land Trust | FREE!

Join Kelly Pietrzak at Pleasant Hill Preserve for a group run/walk on the trails, followed by a snack and story time. Kelly will run with the kids (and willing adults), then take frequent breaks for activities and exploration while the parents catch up!  Sunscreen, bug spray, snacks and drinks are provided for participants so all you need to bring is your family and good footwear!

Wednesday, July 17
Begins at 10:00 am (meet at trailhead)
Pleasant Hill Preserve, 270 Pleasant Hill Road, Scarborough


Hooked On Fishing | FREE!

Looking for first-time anglers! Join us for our first Hooked on Fishing event in Memorial Park. This event is designed to expose young anglers to the skills needed to enjoy the sport of fishing. Through fun games, children will experience casting skills and learn fish identification. This is a drop-in event and activities will be ongoing throughout. 

Thursday, July 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Memorial Park, 5 Durant Drive, Scarborough


Pottery Paint Night | Ages 5 & Up | $20

Join us for an evening of creativity and relaxation as we paint terracotta pots! Whether you're a seasoned artist or just looking to unwind, this event is perfect for all skill levels. Grab a brush, choose your colors, and let your imagination run wild as you transform plain clay pots into beautiful works of art. Each registration includes 3 primed pots and use of all of our paints and brushes. This is NOT a class, just a fun opportunity to flex your creative muscles and leave the mess to someone else.

Monday, July 22
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SCS Hub, 418 Payne Road, Scarborough
Must pre-register (limited to 20 kids) (participants under 12 should have an adult stay with them)

Register HERE!


Youth Open Gym | Ages 3-6 | FREE!

Meet us at the Hub for this youth open gym. Instructor Kelly will lead kids through various games and activities, keeping them busy and their bodies moving! 

Tuesday, July 23
10:00 am - 11:30 am
SCS Hub, 418 Payne Road, Scarborough


Upcycle Fashion Show | Ages 7-14 | $5

What do we do with all of those old fall soccer and basketball shirts? We plan to upcycle them! Join us for our first fashion-forward event, where we will provide the space and supplies to let the kids’ imaginations run wild. At the end of the event, we will hold a fashion show to show off all of our work for friends and family.

Friday, July 26
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SCS Hub, 418 Payne Road, Scarborough
Must pre-register (limited to 16 kids)

Register HERE!


Wacky Water Day | FREE!

Come ready in your swimsuits and sun hats for a splashing good time! We will play water-themed games and play with bubbles. Sunscreen, bug spray, snacks and drinks are provided for participants so all you need to bring is your family!

Tuesday July 30
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Memorial Park, 5 Durant Drive, Scarborough