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Youth Programs Newsletter | March 2010 |
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Join Us for the Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, March 27 from 11am-2:30pm at Red Wing Park
japanese gardenCelebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. You and your family will enjoy the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, cultural activities and demonstrations such as the paper art of Origami, Oriental Pottery, Gyotaku and more. View the event program. 
Admission is free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. In the event of inclement weather conditions, the event will be postponed until Sunday, March 28, at the same time and place.  
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Upcoming Events
3/26 | Movie in the Pool: UP | Seatack
3/27 | Cherry Blossom Festival | Red Wing Park
3/28 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck
Easter Events For Preschoolers and Parents
Looking for a fun way to celebrate Easter with your preschooler? These events offer a chance for your child to visit with the Easter bunny, so be sure to bring your camera!
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Wednesday, March 31 | 9:30 - 11:30 am at Great Neck Rec Center
Age 1 - 5 with parent Enjoy a delicious breakfast with the Easter bunny and then take part in our annual Easter egg hunt. Please bring a basket. #94577 | $8
Easter Bunny Party
Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, April 2 | 10:00 - 11:30 am at Princess Anne Rec Center
Age 3 - 6   Enjoy face painting, games, pictures with the Easter bunny, and of course, an egg hunt. #94624 | $7
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, April 3 | 9:00 - 10:30 am at Bayside Rec Center
All Ages Enjoy a delicious pancake, fruit & egg breakfast. The Easter bunny will arrive at 9:15 am to visit with the children and pose for you to take personal photos. #94454 | $7
Easter Egg Hunt in the Park
Saturday, April 3 | 10:00 - 11:30 am at Bow Creek Rec Center

Age 1 - 5 with a parent Have an eggciting time in the park finding eggs and visiting with the Easter bunny. Don't forget your basket! #94237 | $7
Enjoy an Evening Outdoors with a Friday Night Family Hike
Friday, April 2 from 8-9pm at West Neck Creek Natural Area
Friday Night Family Hikes
Age 5 & up Bundle up the kids, grab your flashlight and head out to one of Virginia Beach's hidden treasures, West Neck Creek Natural Area. Join us as we hear the sounds of the night, check out the stars and have a warm drink on this fun family night hike. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Bring your flashlight. #93676 | $3
Not familiar with this area?  Here's a map that shows the location and the trails.
Summer Camp Registration is Just Around the Corner
Ensure your child has a fun summer filled with exciting games and activities, special events, field trips, and more!  We offer KidzQuest Summer Camps that take place in schools across the City, as well as Recreation Center Based Summer Camps at most recreation centers. We also offer specialty summer camps and add-on swimming lessons.  View complete offerings in the Youth Catalog.
Register your child for camp online via EZreg or in person at any recreation center.
School Based Summer Camps: Registration begins Saturday, April 17
KidzQuest Summer Camps (rising 1st - 6th graders)
6/22 - 8/13 (some sites available until 8/27) | 7 am - 6:15 pm | $79 per child + $10 non-refundable deposit per week
Recreation Center Based Summer Camps: Registration begins Saturday, March 27
Preschool & Kindergarten Summer Camps (age 3 - 6)
Locations: Kempsville, Princess Anne
6/22 - 9/3 | 7 am - 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm - 6 pm | $35 per child + $30 non-refundable deposit per week
6/22 - 9/3 | 7 am - 6 pm | $100 per child + $30 non-refundable deposit per week

Youth Summer Camps (age 6 - 12)
Locations: Bayside, Bow Creek, Great Neck, Kempsville, Princess Anne
6/22 - 8/27 | 7 am - 6 pm | $195 per child + $30 non-refundable deposit per week
Is Your Child Ready for Safe Bicycle Driving?
Saturday, April 10 at Kempsville Recreation Center
Bike Driving
Parents, as the temperatures warm up, help your child get geared up and educated for safe bicycling on the road. This clinic, taught by nationally certified trainers, is designed for new riders and their parents. The trainers will help you and your child be properly prepared for safe riding. The clinic covers helmets, bike fit, road rules, and safety education.
Bring your own bike. Fee covers all needed course material.
Age 5-9 with parent: #94143 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | $15
Age 10-13 with on-road training: #94145 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | $28
You'll Be Seeing Stars at the Mount Trashmore Star Party
Friday, April 23 beginning at Dark at Mount Trashmore Park
Take your stargazing to Mount Trashmore Park! The Virginia Beach City Public Schools Planetarium along with local astronomy clubs are collaborating with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation to host the 2nd Mount Trashmore Star Party. Come and observe night sky wonders through a variety of telescopes. Learn to identify constellations in the sky as they are pointed out by planetarium coordinator Chuck Dibbs and others.
A tent to experience "ViewSpace" will also be set up. "ViewSpace" is an internet-fed, self-updating, permanent exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about "ViewSpace" at
Anyone wishing to set up a telescope can also do so. The goal is to share the beauty of the night sky with anyone wishing to learn about it.  For more information, please contact Stacy Sanders at 385-0425, or Chuck Dibbs at 648-4940.
Youth Can Compete in Hershey's Track & Field Games
Friday, April 30 from 5-9pm at First Colonial H.S.
Track Meet
Do you have a child that loves to run, jump or throw?  Sign them up for Hershey's Track and Field Games! Boys and girls ages 9-14 who attend elementary or middle school in Virginia Beach are invited to participate in this annual meet. Registration is free and an online form is available for download.
The meets will be held at First Colonial High School, 1272 Mill Dam Road.  Registration deadline is April 23, 2010.
Events include: 50 meter dash (ages 9&10), 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, 1600 meter run, 4x100 meter relay, softball throw and standing long jump. The top two finishers for each event per age group will advance to district meets.

For more information about Hershey's Track and Field, please visit
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed March 29 through April 4 for the installation of a new filtration system. 
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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