Summer Late Nite is Back!

Beginning on June 24, schools, community centers, and non-profits across Tacoma are opening their doors to keep teens safe and engaged. Middle and high school students receive free dinner every night and can hang out with their friends during open gym and art and music activities. 

This is a free drop-in program and Tacoma students can attend as many times as they want through the summer. Students going into 6th grade through students going into 12th grade are eligible to drop in at the site assigned to them or the location nearest their home. Parents/guardians are encouraged to register their child online on the Compass/Family App



YMCA Late Nite School Sites

Late Nite Hours: 5pm-10pm



The Impact of Teen Programs



Late Nite teens check in at  the welcome desk at the YMCA



The Y is excited to continue serving this beloved program across schools and centers throughout Pierce and Kitsap counties. Learn more about why Late Nite was brought back and the partnerships that helped make it happen in the 2023 Late Nite Impact Report.




A Celebration of Partnerships

A special thanks to our community partners MetroParks, Greentrike, and Tacoma Public Schools for collaborating on and supporting meaningful programs such as Summer Late Nite!


Summer Late Nite sponsor logos. From left to right: Tacoma public schools, City of Tacoma, Boys & Girls Clubs, The YMCA, Greentrike, Pierce County, and Metro Parks Tacoma.



Useful Information

Is pre-registration required?

No, but it is recommended. Students who have pre-registered will have a speedier entry into their location staff will have less paperwork to do upon their arrival.

Is this program only for students attending Tacoma Public Schools?

Students who do not attend Tacoma Public Schools can participate in Summer Late Nite but must show official government ID that shows their date of birth. All Late Nite locations are open to all students! For a full list of locations, please visit the Metro Parks page.

Which grades are eligible to participate?

Students going into grades 6-12 for the 2024-25 school year are eligible to participate in Late Nite.

Do students have to arrive at 5pm or can they arrive anytime?

Students can arrive any time between 5-8pm.

Is ID required for admission to Late Nite?

School ID or official government ID that shows date of birth is required for drop-in participants and for those who don’t attend Tacoma Public Schools.

Those who have pre-registered do not need it.

Can students get picked up before 10pm?

Yes, students can get picked up at any time.

Will the program run on July 4th and 5th?

No, the program will not run on Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5.

What time will dinner be served?

Middle School at 6 pm, High School at 7 pm

Can parents sit with their kids during dinner?

No, parents are not allowed at the program.

How does the program work for those locations that have both middle school and high school students?

Locations with both middle and high school students will have staff specifically designated to each age group. The programming at each location will be set up in a way so the two age groups do not co-mingle. For example, dinners are at different times, and the groups will use different areas of the building at different times.

Can youth leave the Late Nite locations without an adult?

Yes, they will be allowed to leave on their own.

There are no in-and-out privileges so once a person leaves they cannot go back in.

Are there any transportation options available for students to get to the program locations?

Pierce County Transit has nearby bus routes to help you get to the program. Youth 18 and younger ride free. View the PDF for a quick summary of the closest bus stops, hours of operation, and frequency of rides.