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Youth Programs Newsletter | November 2010 |
Grand Opening of New Kids Cove!
December 10, 2:00 pm | Mount Trashmore Park

Kid's Cove Phase 1
Rendering of Kids Cove Playground 
Bring the kids and join us for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Kids Cove playground at Mount Trashmore Park on December 10! At nearly 26,000 square feet, the new playground is almost two times the size of the existing Kids Cove, and is comprised of a general play area, a swing area and a climber area, along with four new mini-picnic shelters. The new play area is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and will be barrier-free to accommodate all children.

Some of the design features of the new playground will pay tribute to the original 14,000 square foot wooden Kids Cove playground built by volunteers in 1993. While beloved and very popular, the existing wooden playground is not fully accessible and cannot be modernized to meet current ADA guidelines.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm on December 10 and will include a tribute to the wooden playground. It is anticipated that the wooden playground will be removed in early spring of 2011.
Phone Calls and Fun with Santa 

Your kids will enjoy the magic of the season with these great opportunities to connect with Santa!
Phone Call with SantaSanta'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 9-10, between 7 - 8:30 pm, so be waiting by the phone!
Crafts with Santa (all ages)
Ho Ho Ho! It's that time of year again. Santa will be in the area to do crafts with you and your family before he heads around the world to deliver presents to all the boys and girls. We will make holiday frames and decorate a giant gingerbread man. Don't forget to bring your camera! All ages are welcome. Santa will be bringing goody bags for participants. Register by Dec 4. Cost $8
Saturday, Dec 11, 10-11 am | Bayside

Holiday Fun with Santa (age 5 & under)
'Tis the season for snowcones, candy canes and holiday fun! Make a holiday themed craft and play in the Elves Bounce House. Children will also get a chance to take their picture with Santa. Everyone is sure to have a jolly good time! Register by Dec 8. Cost $6
Friday, Dec 15, 10-11:30 am | Princess Anne

Pizza with Santa (age 1-9)
Have some yummy pizza with Santa! Bring your camera for a special holiday photo with the big man. Pizza is served to the children only. Register now! Cost $7
Age 1-5 | Wednesday, Dec 8, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm | Great Neck
Age 5-9 | Friday, Dec 10, 5-7 pm | Great Neck
Note: Membership or visitor pass is required to participate in recreation center programs.
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Upcoming Events

11/20 | Santa's Stocking Craft Bazaar | Kempsville

11/21 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck

12/3 | Movie Night: Tooth Fairy | Bayside

12/10 | Movie Night: Polar Express | Bayside

12/10 | Movie Night: Elf | Bow Creek
12/12 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside

12/17 | Movie Night: Home Alone | Bow Creek
Winter Break Camps Offered at Centers 

December 23 & 27-30 | All Recreation Centers


Winter Break CampVirginia Beach schools will be closed for Holiday Break on December 23 & 27-30. Have your child spend the day with us 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. Kids are able to burn off some energy and explore their creativity in safe, supervised environment.

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
Last Weekend of Santa's Stocking Craft Bazaar
November 21-22 | Kempsville Recreation Center

Handmade OrnamentPut on those comfy shoes and shop among more than 100 vendors selling budget-friendly holiday gifts, including knitted crafts, soaps and lotions, jewelry, decorative household items, Christmas decorations and more. This is the final weekend for the bazaar and the vendors are completely different from the first weekend! Bring your kids (and pets!) 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, 11 am to 4 pm. Festival foods will be available for purchase.

Kempsville Recreation Center is located at 800 Monmouth Lane (off Kempsville Road) in Virginia Beach.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

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

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on November 25-26 for Thanksgiving.


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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