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Youth Programs Newsletter | July 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
2009-2010 Out-of-School Time Programs
 
It seems like school just let out, but now is the time to plan for your child's before and after school accommodations for the coming school year.  We're dedicated to providing convenient, high-quality and affordable Out-of-School Time Programs with well-supervised and enjoyable activities to ensure your child's positive development.
 
Early Childhood Programs
We've got the best of both words: a fun AND educational place for your toddler. With an all-day quality preschool at Kempsville Recreation Center, to after school programs for kindergarteners at most Virginia Beach City Public Schools, we offer a stress-free solution for your child's out-of-school time needs.
Girl with BackpackSchool-Based Programs: KidzQuest & Mega Middle School Mania
As convenient as it gets! High-quality, affordable and easy-access programs are offered in almost every Virginia Beach City Public School for a stress-free solution to your out-of-school time needs.
 
Recreation Center Programs
The same high-quality supervision as school-based programs, with the added bonus of access to stimulating recreation center amenities like swimming pools and the action-packed game rooms! Transportation from select schools to recreation center is provided.
 
Registration for the 2009-2010 school year programs began July 11th and continues on a space-available basis.  View the Parent Handbook for everything you need to know about our 2009-2010 programs.

Reminder:  Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, all Out-of-School Time school year participants will be provided a recreation center membership which can be used at any of our 6 community recreation centers.  These memberships will be valid September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010. If your child's membership will expire before September 1, 2009, you may wish to renew at the 6-month rate.

Rec Centers are All About Fun for Kids
 
Play StructureRain or shine, kids get their imaginations - and heart rates - in full gear at Virginia Beach Recreation Centers! As part of an initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation is introducing new kinds of fun with new ways for kids to play.

The largest of these new items are the Indoor Play Structures, found in the game rooms at Bayside, Great Neck, and Princess Anne Recreation Centers. These playgrounds bring the fun inside, where youth age 12 and under can enjoy climbing, crawling, and sliding through the multi-level structures.
 
AquaClimbOr, visit Kempsville Recreation Center's swimming pool and try the new Aquatic Climbing Wall. The best thing about this is that no ropes or experience are required, and falling doesn't hurt. It just makes a splash!  View the Kempsville Pool Schedule for dates and times.
 
Game BikesFor a different type of challenge, try out our various gaming systems. There are Gaming Bikes at Bow Creek where youth can race against each other in a video game, Dance Pads at Kempsville and Seatack Recreation Centers to try out the latest moves, and X'er Boards which offer virtual reality surfing or skating at Princess Anne Recreation Center.  

SportwallsAs if that's not enough, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation also installed Sportswalls at each of the 6 recreation centers. These walls have flashing lights choreographed to music that require the user to touch the lights to score points. The Sportswalls can be used by a single person, or can be used to challenge a friend. A word of warning: the pace starts out easy, but the heart rates will climb!

Not to be outdone, the swimming pools are also hosting special events with fun new items. Look for Float-A-Rama, which transforms the pools into a lagoon filled with challenging floats. There are teeter totters, huge icebergs to climb up and slide down, and even friendly dragons to sit upon. Many pools are also hosting Movie Nights at the Pool, where family friendly movies are shown on a large inflatable screen. Who knew that floating on noodles and watching movies was so much fun?
Study Shows Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
 
Family PlayingAlthough research continues to emerge regarding the many mental and emotional benefits of exercise, much of it focuses only on adults. A study published in the November 2008 issue of Pediatric Exercise Science has determined that structured exercise may help reduce anger expression in otherwise healthy, but overweight children.
 
The study included 208 sedentary 7- to 11-year-olds who either participated in a 10- to 15-week afterschool cardiovascular exercise program or remained inactive. The children were required to complete the Pediatric Anger Expression Scale prior to and upon completion of the intervention. The scale assesses anger expressions such as slamming doors and hitting.  "Exercise had a significant impact on anger expression in children," stated study author Catherine Davis, clinical health psychologist in the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, in a press release. "This finding indicates that aerobic exercise may be an effective strategy to help overweight kids reduce anger expression and aggressive behavior."

Change should start at home with gradual modifications to the weekly routine.  Instead of 3 hours of television per day, limit tube time to 7 hours per week.  Families should eat meals together, although not in front of the TV. Eating while watching television leads to an unfocused, speedy and distracted meal, which leads to the never-ending feeling of not being satiated.  Parents who are active produce active kids. Get outside and just play! 
 
Visit a Virginia Beach park for a great place to get outdoors and get active with your family.
Watch "The Spiderwick Chronicles" Under the Stars
 
Join us for the second Movie Night of the summer at Mount Trashmore Park on Friday, July 17th to watch "The Spiderwick Chronicles" (Rated PG, released 2008, 96 minutes). The movie starts at sunset, but bring the kids early for some exciting children's activities that begin at 7:30 pm! Movie snacks will be available for purchase.  Free admission and on-site parking.  Just bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy!  Get additional information
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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