Warmer days and the closing weeks of the school year have us thinking ahead to family-friendly events and activities to keep young bodies and minds busy. Fortunately, the Marysville community has much to offer for a variety of interests.

  • Healthy Communities Challenge Day – June 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Allen Creek Elementary School. Free, healthy family activities brought to you by community partners City of Marysville, Marysville School District, Marysville Together, Walmart and YMCA with supporting sponsors Kung Fu 4 Kids, Marysville Youth Football and Youth Cheerleading Association, North Cascades Crew, North County Outlook and Marysville Sno-Isle Library.
  • Strawberry Festival – June 8-16. A week full of activities starts with Kids Day on June 8 and is highlighted by the Kiddies Parade and Grand Parade on June 15. Carnival, talent show, strawberry shortcake eating contest and more. The Strawberry Festival is run by a volunteer organization, Maryfest. www.maryfest.org
  • Splish Splash Summer Bash – June 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Comeford Park, 5th & Delta. Free arts and crafts, face painting, concert and activities presented by the City of Marysville and Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry.

nFourth of July – July 4, gates open 7 p.m., Marysville Pilchuck High School. Free live entertainment, family activities and professional fireworks show presented by City of Marysville.

  • National Night Out – Aug. 6, 5:30 p.m., Jennings Park, 6915 Armar Rd. Meet your local police and firefighters, enjoy hot dogs and a K-9 demonstration, get safety information for your family. Presented by City of Marysville and Marysville Fire District.
  • Marysville Street Festival – Aug. 9-11, 3rd Street between State and Quinn brought to you by Downtown Marysville Merchants. Sunday is Kids’ Day.

The Spray Park at Comeford Park opens for the summer season on Memorial Day weekend. The city also offers free Sounds of Summer concerts on Friday evenings, children’s concerts on Wednesdays at noon and Popcorn in the Park movies on Saturday nights, all at Jennings Park. Find all the dates and details at https://www.marysvillewa.gov/673/Community-events. Thank you to sponsors Coca-Cola, Sonic Drive-In, Windermere Real Estate, Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, Roy Robinson and Real Estate Rockstars.

The Tulalip Tribes will be having their 6th Annual Wellness Conference on Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. both days. The Wellness Conference is a community event that provides three workshop sessions each day, a community talking circle and two keynote speakers. Both days focus on community wellness with the first day emphasizing middle school youth and the second day focused on high school youth. This great event is put on each year by Tulalip Tribes’ Problem Gambling Program. You can see all the events that Tulalip has coming up this month at https://www.tulaliptribes-nsn.gov/Events. The website has been recently improved, so look through the new sections to discover some great new things Tulalip is providing to the community.

Marysville School District students district-wide are in the middle of spring testing and assessments, middle and high school students are registering for classes and high school seniors are preparing for graduation. Summer break is approaching quickly. We want to encourage our students to stay engaged in learning opportunities over the summer and to stay active. Summer school is currently being offered for students needing an extra boost. Visit the district website at www.msd25.org to learn more about our Summer Success Programs.

The Marysville and Tulalip communities offer many opportunities to stay connected to learning and ways to keep active over the summer months: Visit the public library, participate in the many events offered by the city and the tribes, go for a family walk or visit a local park or beach. Stay tuned for more information to come about the Summer Meals Program where kids and teens eat free at various locations.

This monthly column is jointly prepared by the City of Marysville, Marysville School District and Tulalip Tribes about topics of interest to the Marysville Tulalip community.

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