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Family Resources

Resources below include

Regional Recreation Services,

Athletic Activities in the Surrounding Area

Free Programs, 

Parks in the Area,

Events in the Community, and

Farmers' Markets.

Resources for families that need special services,

Autism Resources,

Attention/learning resources, 

Military Resources,

Multicultural Resources, and

Resources for Guardians. 

Summer Camps

Swimming Programs


1.METRO PARKS OF TACOMA 253.305.1022




3.PENMET PARKS 253.858.3400




5.YMCA OF PIERCE COUNTY 253.584.9622





Athletic Activities in the Surrounding Area

1.METRO PARKS OF TACOMA 253.305.1022




3.Soundview Little League


4.Patriot Athletic League


5.TOP CAT TENNIS 253.376.4529






8.University Place Soccer Club


9.Lakewood Soccer Club


10.Tacoma elite soccer academy
















18.University Place Viking Cheer

19.University Place Viking Football Club


20.The first tee of South Puget Sound


21.University Place soccer club


21.University Place VIKING LACROSSE CLUB

22. Ascend Gymnastics 

23. Zenith Gymastics

24. AGA Northwest Gymastic

25. AGA Northwest Gig Harbor

26. Ethereal Arts Northwest

27. Grace Gym Gymnastics 


29. Tacoma City Ballet

30. South Sound Dance

 FREE Programs

1. You can check out Museum passes from the library and get into museums for free. Below this link will show which museums are included in the program. All you need is a library card per free entry pass. Which Include Foss Waterway Seaport - Seaport Pass, Harbor History Museum, Lakewold Gardens, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum


2. University Place library STEAM program


3.Library Virtual Events


4. How to get your library card

5.TAM Museum Free entry every Thursday night from 5 - 

 1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402,the%20museum%20free%20of%20admission.

Parks in the Area

Cirque Bridgeport  Park

7401 Cirque Dr W, University Place, WA 98466

This park is also getting an inclusive playground. 


Chambers Creek Regional Park

4800-4850 Grandview Dr W, University Place, WA 98466

Wooden playground, Beach frontage, Walking loop (steep hills in some areas), Great place for picnics.

Sunset Terrace Park

1902 Seaview Ave W, University Place, WA 98466

Playground for kids, zip line for younger kids

Titlow Park

8425 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98465

75-acre park with extensive beach frontage, a kids' spray park, playgrounds, trails & tennis courts.

Fort Steilacoom Park

8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Washington is the largest park in the city. The 340-acre park includes a playground, Waughop Lake, an off-leash dog park, and several soccer fields and baseball fields. It is adjacent to Pierce College, historic Fort Steilacoom, and Western State Hospital.

Events in the Community

Community Resources 

Provided by the Public Libraries

Point Defiance Zoo - Free garden tours 

When: 10 am on the first Sunday of every month

Where: Meet at Pacific Rim Plaza, just inside Zoo front gate

Cost: Free with admission or membership

Farmers markets

1.Lakewood opened Tuesdays in June to August. 2pm - 7pm Located in Fort Steilacoom Park

Steilacoom farmers market is located in their downtown on Wednesdays in June to August

3pm - 7pm 


2.Proctor Farmers Market: located N. 27th st & N. Proctor.

Hours are Regular Season: 

Current dates are; Every Saturday Mar 26 2022 - Dec 17th 9am to 2pm

Winter dates; Jan 14, Deb 11, March 11 2023 from 10 am to 2pm


3.Tacoma Farmer Market: Locations vary for dates and time. Check out their website to see current information


4.Olympia Farmers Market;

Winter hours are nov - Dec, Saturday and Sundays from 10am - 3pm

Regular hours - April - October Thursday - Sunday from 10am - 3pm


5.Tacoma Night Market and Sunday Drag Brunch. Dates and times are posted on their website 

Resources for Guardians with Children that Need Special Programs. 

1.PAVE -

This is a great resource for parents needing guidance on the process of setting up IEPS, 504’s, and other programs involving school. For example, they are a great resource for what time of questions you should ask at IEP meetings. They can also tell you your rights as a parent and how to best advocate for your child. Pave also gives you great information on navigating different evaluations your child may need in relation to an IEP Or 504. Their website also provides a ton of information and different events.If you aren’t sure, what services you need or what areas they can help you in - on the website you can fill out the “GET HELP” form (this link will take you directly to it

And they will connect you really quickly. Typically 24 - 48 hours

This a link to their calendar of events 


2.Special Education Alphabet Soup Acronyms used in Special Education and what they mean 


3.Open doors for multicultural families. This website provides culturally and linguistically relevant information, services, and programming to culturally and linguistically diverse families of persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities


4.OSPI Family Engagement and Guidance; This is Washington instruction information and overview of special education programs in the school district 


5.The ARC of Washington State; Resources and information for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities


6.IEP's resources


7.IEP resources and special education advocacy 


8.Parents, advocates, teachers, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for reliable, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. 


9. For children ages birth to 3 there is the Birth to 3 program. Ask your child’s doctor for referral

10. For children ages 3 - 5 Child Find through University Place School district, Child Find is a screening process used to help identify any developmental delays that may interfere with your child's learning and growth. The screening is also provided to help parents identify their child's strengths and weaknesses, and to determine if a child needs further evaluation for special education eligibility.


11.When making an IEP you  have athe right to Free Appropriate Public Education

FAPE ( , and should read the special ed pamphlet. and  The OSPI is also a good resource and never be scared to speak up for anything. They should know you well at the school if your child needs assistance. 

12. Kids Mental Health Resorces 

13.Unmasking anxiety: Resources for families

Autism Resources:


2.UW Autism Center Research and resources for individuals with autism

Attention and Learning Resources

1.Online tutoring help through the Pierce County Library - All you need is a library card to sign in. The services are offered from 1pm to 10pm everyday


2.ADD/ADHD - this website provides information and resources for families that have a child that has ADD/ADHD. 


3.Understood website; - helps families that have children that learn and think differently discover their potentials, take control, find community, and stay on positive paths along each stage of life’s journey. Children may have ADHD or dyslexia. 


4.Khan Academy is a an online learning resource


5. ARAK Individuals with learning difficulties can learn, they just learn differently. Using strategic learning methods, ARK Institute of Learning unlocks each individual’s learning difficulty with solutions that fit their personal needs.ARK Institute of Learning is here to provide students with customized toolkits for achieving learning success in and out of the classroom. ARK provides comprehensive educational evaluations, early screening for dyslexia, and specialized, individualized instruction. 


6. Tacoma Public Library E-Resources for Elementary Students 

7. Tacoma Public Library Language Learning Resources Enjoy levels 1-5 of Rosetta Stone courses for 30 different languages for free!

Family Military Resources  

1.The University Place Library also has an amazing resource for military families -


2.CYS - you first have to register your child in the - but once you do; you have access to lots of sport activities including swim lessons. When you register your child at CYS and they will give you loads of information of when to sign up and how 


3. Military Mentoring

Multicultural Resources

1.Puget Sound ESD Native American Education Program - Facebook page:


2. Refugee resources


Health Program; 



3.Hilltop (Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center (MCFHC) is a non-profit human services agency. Our mission is to provide culturally relevant support services to children and families through daycare, ECEAP, and DSHS contracted services. A positive relationship between teacher and student is an important factor in the social, emotional and academic development of a child. Our center strives to ensure this balance.  and this is there facebook page 

(253) 593-6641

2021 S. 19th St.

Tacoma, WA 98405


4.ASIAN PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) is a center for cultural exchange providing programs and services that promote the greater awareness, understanding, equity, and inclusion of the Asian and Pacific Islander people.  This community includes immigrants, refugees, children and youth, seniors and elders, low-income, and all groups who are a part of the Asia Pacific community. 

4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409 253-383-3900


5. KOREAN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION Offers wide array of services for Asian and Pacific Islander populations. KWA partners with diverse communities to empower individuals to live safe and dignified lives. All families and individuals in communities where we work are empowered and supported to lead stable and healthy lives.

3625 Perkins Lane SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 Phone: 253-535-4202 or 1-888-508-2780 


6.COLAGE unites people with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or asexual parent into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities. 


7. MULTICARE ASIAN COUNSELING SERVICES Provides culturally appropriate counseling and self-sufficiency services to Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations including refugees and immigrants (Bilingual counseling is available in Cambodian, Vietnamese, & Korean) 

2201 South 19th St., Suite 104, Tacoma, WA 98405 Phone: 253-301-5250


8.MULTICULTURAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY MOVEMENT Helps diverse clients become self-sufficient through culturally competent and linguistically appropriate education, employment, and economic development social services  3820 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 Phone: 253-584-5615 


9. PUYALLUP TRIBAL HEALTH AUTHORITY Healthcare and behavioral health resources offered to Native Americans enrolled in federally-recognized tribes 2209 E. 32nd St., Tacoma, WA 98404 Phone: 253-593-0232


10. SOUTH PUGET INTERTRIBAL PLANNING AGENCY Offers TANF assistance to tribally enrolled Natives 4301 South Pine St., Suite 400, Tacoma, WA 98409 Tacoma Office: 253-250-0550 


11. Big Brother/ Big Sister Our participants come to us with a wide range of personal characteristics. We believe that participant eligibility shall be determined without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability.To create and support 1-to-1 mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Form for Inquiry 



12. ESL Classes Pierce College's highly successful, integrated ESL classes are designed to meet the language needs of our immigrant community. (Scholarships are available) 

13. Free English Classes Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center Email

Contact Phone 2538916153


14. Ukrainian Community Center of Washington (Tacoma Office)The Ukrainian Community Center of Washington (UCCWa) offers a variety of immigration services for a broad range of immigration matters to low-income individuals and families for free or low-cost. 

  • Location:
    2014 S. 15th St
    Tacoma, WA 98405

  • Contact by phone:  (425) 430-8229 


And main website for the Ukrainian Community Center of Washington 


14. Oasis Youth Center Resources for LGBTQ+ youth Oasis Youth Center is a drop-in and support center dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ youth ages 11-24 in Pierce County. 


15. PFLAG Tacoma's Resource Page for LGBTQ+ Youth A resource page provided by PFLAG for LGBTQ+ parents and youth.


16. School Based Counseling Program for Latino youth: The overall goal of Consejo’s School Based Counseling is to support Latino youth to succeed in school.

Guardian Resources 

1.The app called “Meeting Guide” is a great resource for every single AA meeting in any area- it’s based on location and lists all meetings in chronological order and even provides an option for mapping.


2.Celebrate Recovery is an option too for parents in recovery for anything from substance, alcohol or emotional trauma- they are held in churches all over the city, usually there is one meeting per day, the closest on I know of is located at Puget Sound Foursquare Church on 56th St near Tyler.  4020 S 56th St, Tacoma, WA 98409 and phone number is 253-474-1876


3.Puget Sound Foursquare Church on 56th St also has a clothing bank every Friday from 1-4pm with womens, mens, and children's clothing ( plus shoes, coats, hats, scarves…)  4020 S 56th St, Tacoma, WA 98409 and phone number is 253-474-1876

4.Food Bank in 2610 Sunset Drive West, University Place, WA, 98466, links below

Tuesday 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Thursday 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

To donate you can drop off Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am - 3pm


They also have a backpack program - fill out this survey and they will deliver a backpack to the school your child attends


5.For anyone surviving or still suffering from domestic violence, wonderful resources for support, clothing, housing, financial assistance, and counseling. They are extremely confidential and they have top notch advocates within the organization 


6..Family resources center; When you have the resources to meet your basic needs, you can better focus on safe, stable, nurturing relationships. Parenting classes and support groups, Health and well-being programs, Apple Health, Basic Food. ENG  ESP, Free diapers and wipes. ENG  ESP, Domestic violence help referrals, Financial, Behavioral health, Immunizations, Legal aid, Social connections improvement, College and career education, Washington Connections, Refugee services: Resettlement, Health Program, Resources.


7.Family support Partnership 


8. Behavioral health support 


9. The Brave and Unbroken Project. A support group for victims of child abuse .,prevention%20of%20child%20sexual%20abuse.


10. Child Care Resources A page for referrals to child care payment assistance. 

11. Free Xfinity Internet for Low-Income Households ACP offers long-term financial assistance to qualified households of up to $30/month toward Internet service. 


Or Project 10 Million T-Mobile's free internet program for low income families. 

12. R.I.S.E Center Referrals: Education Assistance: School Supplies, Other Assistance: Basic Needs, Other Assistance: Free Meals, Other Assistance: Internet Access, Other Assistance: Mental and Physical Health 

13. YWCA Resource Page: YWCA Pierce County is dedicated to transforming lives through safety, healing, and empowerment. As an inclusionary non-profit organization, YWCA Pierce County provides assistance to survivors of domestic violence and their children. All survivors are welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, or sexual orientation. Bilingual staff and interpretation services eliminate language barriers and ease transitions for all of our clients. The YWCA serves over 11,000 adults and children annually, who are seeking help due to domestic violence.

14. Be SMART 

The Be SMART campaign was launched in 2015 to promote responsible gun ownership in order to reduce child gun deaths. Whether you’re a gun owner, or you know someone who owns a gun, there is a role for everyone in the conversation around secure gun storage. Be SMART is a framework that parents, caretakers, and community leaders can follow to help keep their communities safe. Ultimately, you can help prevent kids from accessing firearms by storing them securely, and encouraging others to do the same. Because children deserve to feel safe, no matter where they are.

Summer Camps

1.Piece county has a list of summer camps including: Lego camp, cheer camp, Explores adventure camp, sport summer camps (Basketball, soccer, golf, flag football, multisport, ultimate frisbee), ice skating camps, skimboarding camp, science sea camp.


2.Tacoma zoo camps; current registration March 15th for members and nonmembers is March 22


3.Tacoma Musical Playhouse

4..Sailing Program

5.Logger summer camps for baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball

6. Edgeworks rock climbing

7. Girls Scouts camp

8.Fircrest Summer camps

9.Open Art Studio: Tacoma

10. Mountaineers Join us at the Tacoma Branch for a week filled with climbing, wilderness skills, fun, and adventure!

11.Camp Invention: Stem Camp for K - 6: Locations in Tacoma, Steilacoom, Gig Harbor, Federal Way, Sumner

12. Skyhawks summer camps - lots of different sport camp options

13.Tacoma Elite Soccer Academy

14.Seattle Mariners Grand Slam Camp

15.Wolf Camp - Kids Nature and Survival day camps

16. Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center

17.Parent Map Special Edition - resource that shows many different camps and activities for this summer

18. Snapology - S.T.E.A.M. camps

19. Charles Wright Summer Camps

20. Eco Explorers - for kids ages 8 - 11

21. South Puget Sound Macaroni Kid Camps guide


23. University Place Presbyterian church Scuba Day camp

24. The Pod Works

25. Wolf Camp

26. Tacoma Little Theater

27. Nortac Soccer Camps

28. Annie Wright Summer Camps

29. Art Studio University Place

Swimming Programs

1. Curtis Athletics summer and school year swim programs

2.Metro Aquatics

3. Morgan Family YMCA

4.Lakewood YMCA

5. Tacoma YMCA 

6. Fircrest Summer Swim lesson program

7. Fife Swim Program 

8. Kinder Swimmer; locations are in Spanaway and Renton 

9. For Military Families - JBLM offers swim programs - you just have to enroll your kids in CYS

10. Beard Swim Co. in Gig Harbor 

Regional Recreation Sevices
Regional Youth Sports or Dance Programs
Free Programs
Parks in the area
Events in th Community
Farmers Markets
Resources for Guardians with Children that Need Special Programs
Autism Resources
Attention and Learning Resource
Family Military Resources
Multicultural Resources
Guardian Resources
Summer camps
Swimming Program
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