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Youth Programs Newsletter | December 2010 | 
Check Out Our Winter Programs!  

Registration Begins Saturday, January 8


KarateDon't get stuck on the couch this winter! Parks & Rec will help your family stay active with exciting classes and programs for all ages. From swimming and dancing to pottery and martial arts, everyone can learn something new or brush up on old skills.


You'll also find all of our Spring Break Camp information in this catalog, so you can get a head start on planning for your child. Registration for all programs begins at 9 am on Saturday, January 8. Remember, you can register online with your barcode and PIN, or register in person at any recreation center.

School Closed? Break Camps Available 

December 23 & 27-30 | All Recreation Centers


Virginia 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 a 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

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Upcoming Events

12/17 | Movie Night: Disney's A Christmas Carol | Bayside


12/17 | Movie Night: Home Alone | Bow Creek


12/17 | Movie in the Pool: Elf | Bow Creek

Festival Highlights Local Winter Wildlife 


Mother and Daughter with BinocularsIf you have older children, plan to attend the Winter Wildlife Festival on January 28-30, 2011 for the chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach, whether it's following fascinating bird activity, spectacular whale sightings or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

This event includes educational workshops and engaging excursions that are sure to captivate outdoor enthusiasts, both novice and expert. Registration is required to attend workshops and excursions (some require a fee), so sign up for sessions such as:

  • Back Bay/ False Cape Terra-Gator & Tram Tour
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Excursion
  • Fort Story & First Landing Bird Walk
  • Owl Prowl
  • Urban Birding
  • Whale Watching
  • Whitehurst Tract Excursion

Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center on Saturday, January 29 from 10 am to 4 pm and speak with our Winter Wildlife Festival partners. You'll also learn ways to get involved with local efforts and see what conservation groups and businesses are doing. Children's activities available too!
Visit for a full list of excursions and educational sessions along with registration information.

Give Break Dancing a Try for FREE! 

Saturday, December 18, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Kempsville Rec Center


Join us for an exciting introductory class to break dancing for free at Kempsville Recreation Center. Breakin' 101 is open to ages 6 and up - fun for the entire family! Learn the foundational moves while getting a good work out. The focus of the class will include musicality, top rock, get downs and floor work. Please bring water, comfortable shoes and an open mind!


Instructed by Jackie Marrow, former president of the James Madison University Break Dance Club. Membership or visitor pass is needed for each participant.


Have questions? Call Kasey at 460-7540.

New Kids Cove Playground is Now Open


Climber at Kids CoveConstruction is complete, the ribbon is cut and the new Kids Cove playground at Mount Trashmore Park is open for all children to enjoy! If you missed the Grand Opening on December 10, you can take a look at some photos of the event and new playground on our Flickr page.


Like the playgrounds at Little Island and Great Neck Park, Kids Cove is barrier free for kids of all abilities. The giant play structure has a variety of climbers and slides, but also features double-wide ramps and decking making it completely wheelchair accessible. Separate swinging and climbing areas offer something for all ages. The play areas are all built upon colorful rubber surfacing that is firm enough for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs and also helps to buffer falls.


Now if we could just get the weather to be a little more cooperative....

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, parks and park facilities will be closed on December 24, 25 & 31 and January 1.


All Virginia Beach Municipal Golf Courses will be closed on December 25.


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


Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach 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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