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Youth Programs Newsletter | October 2010 |
Welcome the Season at Fall Festival 
Saturday, October 23 from 11 am to 2 pm | Mount Trashmore

Fall FestivalJoin us at Mount Trashmore Park to welcome the fall season and enjoy the fun at Fall Festival!

Bouncy inflatables, games, costumed characters, giveaways, food and more - we've got something for the entire family. Be sure to check out the antique tractors, fire education exhibits, interactive crafts and the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Outdoor Wildlife Exhibit. Pose for a free character sketch by Denise Holden and get your face painted by "Buttar Cups." Enjoy musical entertainment from the stage and a juggling performance by Tim Nolan at 1 pm.

October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stop by and check out the Susan G. Komen for the CureŽ booth for information on early detection and how you can get involved in their global movement.

Free admission and free onsite parking!
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Halloween Fun for the Little Ones 

Spend some time with your child experiencing all the fun of Halloween at these festive events! 
Halloween CostumeGreat Neck Ghouls Gala (age 5 & under)
Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 9:00-11:00 am | Great Neck Rec Center
Get ready for Halloween with creepy crafts, ghoulish games, face painting and spooky snacks. Wear your best costume and have fun! Cost $5  Register now! 
P.A.T.'s Batty Parade (age 5 & under)
Friday, Oct. 29 from 10-11:30 am | Princess Anne Rec Center
The treats are on us! Let your little ones go Trick-or-Treating around the recreation center and show off their Halloween costumes. P.A.T. the Turtle will lead the parade to the library for the final treat stop. Register by October 22. Cost $6  Register now! 
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Upcoming Events

10/15 | Movie Night: Shorts | Bow Creek
10/16 | Get Fit Virginia Beach | Mount Trashmore Park
10/22 | Movie Night: Ghost Dad | Bayside
10/23 | Fall Festival | Mount Trashmore Park
Outdoor Haunted Walk (age 5 & up)
Friday, October 30 from 6-8 pm | West Neck Creek Natural Area
Join us for the 3rd Annual Haunted Walk at West Neck Creek. Just in time for Halloween, take a casual evening stroll down our paved trail stopping to meet some traditional spooky animals that call Virginia Beach home*. Then continue on to the Buffington House, where we'll have children's activities and gravesite tours. The evening will conclude with fireside stories told by local historians. Grab your family and flashlights and come early so you don't miss out on any of the fun! *Self-paced walk through trail. Trail closes at 6:45pm and stories begin at 7:30pm. Cost is only $2.  Register now!
School Closed? Try Rec Center Day Camp 

Tuesday, November 2 & Friday, November 12


Rec Center Day Camp Virginia Beach schools will be closed for staff days on Tuesday, November 2 and Friday, November 12. Have your child spend the day at one of our six recreation centers and they'll be sure to have a blast! The camps run from 7 am to 6 pm and the day is filled with fun activities like sports, games and arts & crafts. 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.

Register your child online, or stop by any recreation center. For more information, call 385-0409 or email
Boys and Girls Basketball Registration 

Saturday, October 30 & Saturday, November 6 | Times & Locations Vary


Girls BasketballNeighborhood Recreation Associations will hold youth basketball registration on Saturday, October 30 and Saturday, November 6 thoughout the city. View specific locations and registration times for your area. 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, 2010).
    • 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

Have You Been to Great Neck Park Lately?

Great Neck PlaygroundOur young park guests will love the new playground at Great Neck Park where they can swing, climb, slide and play on a soft rubber surface! Check out some photos of the new playground.

Located along the banks of the Lynnhaven Bay, adjacent to Great Neck Recreation Center, this park is the perfect place to view beautiful fall foliage while enjoying the great outdoors with your family. The park also features multiple large and small picnic shelters with tables and grills, basketball courts, baseball fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, walking trails and a large gazebo overlooking the water.

Take a look at an aerial view of the park to see where the amenities are located, or a view a map of the park location.
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through May 2011 for renovations.

Bayside Recreation Center will be closed through October 17 for maintenance. The pool will remain closed through October 20. The weight room will remain closed through October 24 while the floor is replaced.

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on November 11 for 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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