Outdoor Movies and More Coming to Chehalis This Summer After Grant


The Chehalis Parks and Recreation Department announced recently that Summer Experience and Enrichment for Kids Fund (SEEK) awarded the department a grant to bring a slate of outdoor enrichment activities to kids this summer, including outdoor movie nights.

SEEK provides Washington funding opportunities for outdoor kids programs made possible in partnership with the Washington Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA), the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), according to a news release.

The SEEK fund’s purpose is to increase access to outdoor summer programming for youth that’s brimming with quality, especially for youth in communities that have historically been underserved and who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant’s proceeds will afford five outdoor “Movies in the Park” throughout the summer that will be free, family friendly events to residents of Lewis County.

The funds also provide scholarships for about 200 children to attend full- or half-day outdoor sport camps, which will be instructed by Skyhawks Sports Academy. Also, 250 children will be able to attend swim lessons/water safety classes offered at the Gail and Carolyn Shaw Aquatics Center.

Applying families could receive up to one camp and one session of swim lessons, as long as funding remains available. While the scholarships are limited, additional scholarships per youth may be awarded if registration slots are still open and some funding remains.

All Lewis County residents may apply, and income verification is not required, though a brief description of how the scholarship would help a child either socially, mentally or physically is recommended for consideration.

“Do not delay and sign up today, to benefit from this opportunity and secure your child’s spot for a fun, active summer outdoors,” the release stated.

More information can be found at https://www.ci.chehalis.wa.us.

Call the Chehalis Parks and Recreation Department at 360-748-0271 with questions.

Movies in the Park will open with activities at 7 p.m. at Recreation Park with the movies beginning at dusk on the following days:

• June 16 – “Clifford The Big Red Dog”

• July 7 – “Encanto”

• July 21 – “Luca”

• Aug. 11 – “Raya, The Last Dragon”

• Aug. 25 – “Sing 2”