Supporter Spotlight

Filling Those Long Summer Days with Play


Summer is in full swing and we're busy at Spark with a joyful influx of kids who are trying to fill those long summer days with as much happiness as they can. Not only do we have a smattering of awesome scheduled programs, we have drop-in hours and drop-in programs for those of you who like to take summer as a chance to fly by the seat of your pants.

Many parents are worried about the dreaded summertime learning lapse. But before you go filling up all those hours, maybe this summer you can embrace the importance of time to play. When kids engage in both structured and unstructured play, they are also working on emotional tolerance, social skills, and team buildingskills that are vital to success in an ever-connected world. Our drop-in center and structured programs are all centered around play.

Play if different for everyone. For some people, playing is about reading, imagining strange and exciting worlds. For some it's building forts and for others it's building a robot. You can do all those things at Spark—just take a look at of our patrons below. They're learning, connecting with each other, and having a great time. Sounds like a nice way to spend summer! You'll notice that there are kids and adults in the photos below. That's because we have opportunities for people of all ages to play! We believe everyone deserves to be part of the Creativity Club.

Our hours have be changing a little bit, so you can sleep in and stay out later; we'll open at 11 and stay open until 7.

We also want to take this chance to thank Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest Casino for supporting youth programs, like Fort Party, which is featured in the middle top row of photos. It is in part due to their support that we are able to offer youth programming at no cost and we are ever grateful!

Supporter Floodlight: Inland Northwest Community Foundation

Supporter Floodlight: Inland Northwest Community Foundation

This article about Spokane and hope and basketball (I'll let you make the correlations) has Spokanites up in arms! Here at Spark Central, we're taking the chance to see respondents wax poetic (and sometimes aggressive!) on the many flourishing communities and loads of awesome stuff to do in Spokane.

Like this hilarious article from Shawn Vestal, who donates his times and writing chops to Spark Central from time to time. Or this call and response article in the Inlander, written by Daniel Walters. It has us thinking that Spokane is, dare we say it, a pretty neat place to live? The most important component of thriving communities is, of course, you!

You’re the ones who are starting groups and making stuff and dreaming big and being kind and supporting cool stuff. All of the things that make superb communities.

Thank you to Northwest Farm Credit Services!

Thank you to Northwest Farm Credit Services!

One of the many ways we run our no-cost programming, community events, and drop-in creative space is through grants. There are so many generous foundations and companies out there, that a lot of the work in applying for grants comes from finding the right grants to apply for. 

But once in a blue moon, someone who loves your organization will do most of the work for you! That was the case with our first official grant from Northwest Farm Credit Services. One of the parents of our Girls Rock Lab rockstars was so excited about our mission to help people discover their creative power that she went wrote to her employers and sponsored an application for a grant.