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Youth Programs Newsletter | November 2009 |
Winter Break Camps Offered at Centers
SportswallWhile schools are closed for Winter Break, have your child spend the day with us at one of our Community Recreation Centers. Our programs provide safe, affordable peace-of-mind for parents, with fun, constructive activities for kids! They'll enjoy sports, lively games (including the sportswall pictured above), indoor swimming, arts & crafts and more!
Camps run from 7:00 am - 6:15 pm and are offered on December 23 and 28-30. 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
Join Us for the 4th Annual Holidaze Craze!
Saturday, December 5 from 1-3pm at Bayville Farms Park 
Holidaze CrazeBundle up and get in the holiday spirit for the 4th Annual Holidaze Craze!  Your family will enjoy holiday-themed outdoor activities including a fun run, scavenger hunt, carnival games, face painting, fun inflatables and a visit from Santa.  Hot cocoa and other concessions will be available to keep you warm no matter what the temperature is outside!
Bayville Farms Park is located just down the street from Bayside Recreation Center.  Map it!
Healthy Holiday Eating for Kids
Holiday EatingHoliday candy and traditional family feasts coupled with less physical activity can leave a child vulnerable to holiday weight gain.
Children's Medical Center in Texas offers tips for keeping kids eating healthy and staying active through the holidays.  Continue reading...
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Upcoming Events
11/13 | Movie in the Pool: Monsters, Inc. | Seatack Rec Center 
11/15 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside Rec Center
11/20 | Movie Night: Nightmare Before Christmas | Bayside Rec Center
11/21-22 | Santa's Stocking Craft Bazaar | Kempsville Rec Center
12/5 | Holidaze Craze | Bayville Farms Park
12/13 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck Rec Center
12/18 | Movie in the Pool: Polar Express | Bow Creek Rec Center
Phone Calls and Breakfast with Santa 
Your kids will enjoy the magic of the season with these great opportunities to connect with Santa!
Girl on PhoneSanta's Switchboard
We've joined with the elves and reindeer to make arrangements for Santa Claus to call your lil' ones (age 8 & under) from his North Pole headquarters to find out who's been naughty and nice, but you've got to make a reservation! Pick up a form at the front desk at Princess Anne Rec Center between Nov 13 and Dec 4. Forms must be submitted no later than Dec 5. Calls will be made on Dec 10-11, between 7:00 - 8:30 pm, so be waiting by the phone!
Breakfast with Santa
Boy with SantaFrench toast, syrup and Santa are a fun combination for this annual get together. Bring your wish list, a big appetite and a camera. There will be plenty of photo opportunities with the big man. Please register at least one week in advance. Cost is $8 per child.

Age 1 - 5 with parent
Bow Creek | Tuesday, Dec 15 from 9:30 - 11:30 am | Register
Great Neck | Wednesday, Dec 16 from 9:30 - 11:30 am | Register
Age 3 & up with parent
Princess Anne | Friday, Dec 18 from 9:00 - 11:00 am | Register
Last Weekend of Santa's Stocking Old-Fashioned Craft Bazaar 
November 21 & 22 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 is the final weekend for the bazaar and the vendors are completely different from the first weekend!  Bring your children along 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
All Community Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, City parks and park facilities will be closed on November 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed November 30 through December 6 for maintenence.  The pool will remain closed through December 13.
The Mount Trashmore Skate Park will be closed December 7 through December 11 for maintenance.  The Skate Park at Woodstock Park will be open.
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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the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.