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Youth Programs Newsletter | October 2009 |
Bring the Family Out for Fall Festival 
Saturday, October 24 at Bow Creek Park
Fall FestivalCelebrate the autumn colors at this fun family event! We'll have all kinds of children's games and activities, including a giant inflatable obstacle course and inflatable joust, along with carnival snacks and lively music! Kids can create a fall craft provided by A.C. Moore of Landstown Commons. Don't miss our fitness class demonstrations and other fun attractions as well. 
The Fall Festival runs from 11 am - 2 pm with free admission and on-site parking.  Bow Creek Park is located adjacent to Bow Creek Recreation Center on Club House Road.  Map it!
Boys and Girls Basketball Registration 
Saturday, October 31 and Saturday, November 7
Neighborhood Recreation Associations will hold youth basketball registration on Saturday, October 31 and Saturday, November 7 at various sites and times.  Please check this flyer for specific locations and registration times.  Note the following:
  • Recreation Associations charge a registration fee.
  • Online registration is encouraged where available.
  • Proof of age is required.
    • Leagues sponsored by Parks and Recreation are open to ages 10-18 (age as of Dec. 31, 2009).
    • Most areas sponsor leagues for children under age 10 as well.
  • Players must be a Virginia Beach resident and attend school (K-12) to be eligible. High school varsity and junior varsity basketball players are not eligible.

For more details, call City-Wide Athletics at 385-0458, or e-mail

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Upcoming Events
10/23 | Movie Night: Cars| Bayside Rec Center
10/24 | Fall Festival | Bow Creek Rec Center
11/6 | Movie Night: Neverending Story | Bayside Rec Center
11/7-8 | Santa's Stocking Craft Bazaar | Kempsville Rec Center
11/13 | Movie in the Pool: Monsters, Inc. | Seatack Rec Center 
11/15 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside Rec Center
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating 
Trick-or-TreatersGhosts, witches and vampires take to the streets on Saturday, October 31 in celebration of Halloween. Trick-or-Treat begins at dusk and ends at 8 pm for children 12 years of age and younger in Virginia Beach.
If you are passing out treats, please turn your porch light on so children will know they are welcome at your door. If you are not passing out treats, please turn your porch light off to avoid being called upon.
Listed below are a few Halloween safety tips provided by the Virginia Beach Emergency Response System:
  • Wear light-colored clothing that is labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant and is short enough to prevent tripping. Also, add reflectors or glow-in-the-dark safety stickers for higher visibility.
  • Make sure children can see clearly through face masks or better yet, use face paint or makeup instead of a mask.
  • Carry a lightweight flashlight in case one is needed. Try to stay on well-lit streets.
  • Accompany young children, especially if they are under the age of eight. If you cannot accompany them, have them go with a group of other children. NEVER let them go alone.
  • Watch out for traffic and only cross at corners. Be careful not to cross between parked cars.
  • Let your family know ahead of time what route and streets you plan to travel.
  • Take along a fully charged cell phone, or a personal 2-way radio in case of an emergency.
  • Stay within your neighborhood and visit only the homes where you know the people.
  • Use sidewalks where available. If sidewalks aren't available, walk facing traffic.
  • Have children wait until they get home to eat their goodies so you can examine their treats before allowing them to be eaten.
  • Accept only wrapped or packaged candy.
Halloween Fun for the Little Ones!
Boy in MaskSpend some time with your preschooler experiencing all the fun of Halloween at these festive events.  All programs are for children age 5 and under with a parent. 
Halloween Monster Mash
Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 9:30-11:30 am | Bow Creek Rec Center
Enjoy making Halloween decorations and snacks. Don't be afraid to eat the Monster Mash! Vote for the best costume and go Trick-or-Treating inside the recreation center. Cost $7  Register now!
Great Neck Ghouls Gala
Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 9:30-11:30 am | Great Neck Rec Center
It's Halloween time and we want to make sure you're ready. Join us for creepy crafts, ghoulish games and spooky snacks. Wear your best costume. Register by October 21. Cost $7  Register now!
Halloween Parade & More
Friday, Oct. 30 from 10-11:30 am | Princess Anne Rec Center
The treats are on us! Let your little ones go Trick-or-Treating in the recreation center and show off their costumes. At 11:30 am, P.A.T. the Turtle will lead the parade to the Princess Anne Area
Library for the final treat stop. Register by October 23. Cost $5  Register now!
For children age 6 and up, we are offering a Haunted Walk in West Neck Creek Natural Area.  As we stroll down the trail, you'll be introduced to some of the spooky animals that call Virginia Beach home.  After the walk, we'll sit around a bonfire to hear ghost stories told by local historians. This event is perfect for the whole family to get outside and have fun together!  Cost is only $5 and the event takes place on Friday, October 30 from 6-8 pmRegister now!
School's Out on Nov. 3 - Rec Centers Offer Day Camps
Virginia Beach schools are closed for a staff day on Tuesday, November 3.  Have your child spend the day at one of our six recreation centers and they'll be sure to have a blast!  The camp runs from 7 am to 6:15 pm and the day is filled with fun, supervised activities.  If your child is currently enrolled in one of our before or after school programs, the cost is $25 for the day.  For those not currently enrolled in a program, the cost is $35.
To register your child, please stop by any recreation center.  For more information, call 385-0409 or email
Shop Away at Santa's Stocking Old-Fashioned Craft Bazaar 
Saturday and Sunday, November 7 & 8 at Kempsville Recreation Center 
Santa's StockingPut on those comfy shoes and shop among 120 vendors selling budget-friendly holiday gifts, including knitted crafts, soaps and lotions, jewelry, decorative household items, and more. This event also takes place on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 & 22 with all new vendors!  Plan to attend one or both weekends for great deals and bring your children for those classic holiday photos with Santa! Admission is free and on-site parking is available.  Saturday hours are 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday hours are 11 am to 5 pm. 
Kempsville Recreation Center is located at 800 Monmouth Lane (off Kempsville Road) in Virginia Beach.  Map it!
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
Bayside Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Monday, October 12 to Sunday, October 18.  The pool will remain closed through October 25.
All Community Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, City parks and park facilities will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day.
Don't forget that your membership is good at all six recreation centers!  If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center.  Use this locator to help you find one!
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If your child requires additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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