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Youth Programs Newsletter | August 2010 |
Preview Our Fall Catalog Online!
Fall 2010 CatalogOur new Fall Catalog contains exciting programs and activities for the whole family. Look for great outdoor and indoor fun for little ones and school-aged children as we celebrate the fall season. Parents might enjoy some of our new programs such as Bollywood and Hula Dancing, a kayak tour of Back Bay and How to Train for Your 5K.
Registration begins Saturday, September 11 at 9 am.
Deep Sea Wonders at Family Fun Friday 
Friday, August 20 | Mount Trashmore | Activities at 7:30 pm; Movie at Sunset
Shark TaleEvery 3rd Friday until September, we will be hosting Family Fun Fridays at Mount Trashmore Park, complete with themed games, activities, music and fun for everyone, including a featured movie to enjoy under the stars! Enjoy free admission and onsite parking with movie snacks available for purchase
Deep Sea Wonders
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center staff will lead aqua-related activities and games. Be sure to check out the touch tank filled with sea creatures. Then, stay tuned for underwater adventures in the feature flick "Shark Tale" (rated PG, 90 minutes). Movie starts at sunset; just bring your lawn chair or blanket!
Virginia Beach CERT Recruitment, Virginia Beach EMS Recruitment and Virginia Beach Police Recruitment will also be on site with educational exhibits. The Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office Child ID Program will be making child ID cards. Free raffle tickets will be available for a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses.
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Upcoming Events
8/19 | SnoCone Thursday | Great Neck
8/20 | Family Fun Friday | Mount Trashmore Park
8/27 | Movie in the Pool: Over the Hedge | Bow Creek 
9/3 | Movie in the Pool: High School Musical | Princess Anne
9/5 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside
9/17 | Family Fun Friday |
Mount Trashmore Park
Reel in the Catch of the Day!
Fishing PierKids can try to reel in the BIG one at the Little Island Fishing Pier in our Fish On program. We will provide all the equipment, and even bait your child's hook. This session is designed for kids who would like to see what the sport is all about as we will give a brief intro on the equipment and casting lessons. We also welcome those who are experienced and just want to come out and enjoy an evening of fishing. A parent must attend with the registered participant (age 5-14). The program costs $7 and covers access to the pier. Three sessions are offered:
#95038 | Thursday, September 9 | 6-8 pm
#95039 | Thursday, September 16 | 6-8 pm
#95040 | Thursday, September 23 | 6-8 pm
Register Now for 2010/2011 School Year Programs!
Out of School Time ProgramsIt 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. 
Programs Offered at Schools
We conduct before school programs at many elementary and middle schools. We also operate after school programs at every elementary school in Virginia Beach! These programs emphasize the importance of physical activity, and combine high energy games with play time. Events such as talent shows, special guests and tournaments help to make these programs extra special. And, when you register your child for these programs, they receive a recreation center membership! 
Programs Offered at Recreation Centers
Just like the programs we conduct at the schools, the recreation center after school programs are high-energy. But mix in the recreation center amenities like the swimming pools, extra large gyms, SportWalls and game rooms, and you know your child will have a blast! Of course, a recreation center membership comes with registration.
Registration continues as space is available...
Just visit any of the six Virginia Beach Recreation Centers to get your children signed up!
Kempsville Pool to Undergo Renovations 

Kempsville Pool Before RenovationsThe pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will undergo renovations beginning September 7, 2010. While there is no definite time frame to modernize Kempsville Recreation Center, maintenance will be completed to extend the life of the pool facility, including:

  • Installation of new HVAC system;
  • Installation of energy efficient windows;
  • Replacement of holding tank;
  • Replacement of the fiberglass pool shell with a plaster shell; and
  • Replacement of the railings on the pool deck and in the balcony area.

Renovations are expected to continue through May 2011. During this time, the swimming pool will be closed, but all other areas of Kempsville Recreation Center will remain open for use. Additional swimming classes will be offered at Bayside and Bow Creek Recreation Centers. Kempsville's swim team will practice at Bayside Recreation Center. And while Kempsville's pool is undergoing renovations, Bow Creek Recreation Center's pool will open at 6:30 am, Monday through Friday, to accommodate early morning swimmers.


Details about the progress of the renovations, including photos, will be posted to
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed August 30 through September 5 for maintenance.
All Community Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed September 6 for Labor Day.
The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed beginning September 7 for renovations. Reopening is expected in May 2011. 
Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed September 13-19 for maintenance.
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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