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Youth Programs Newsletter | June 2011 | 
Learn to Swim this Summer!  


LessonsTomorrow is the official first day of summer which means there couldn't be a better time to get your family signed up for swim lessons! Our programs are ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the water safely regardless of age or skill level.


Tiny Bobbers with Adult Guardian (Age 1-3)

Make the first swimming experience with your child safe and fun. A participating adult guardian provides support and comfort as the child begins to learn water safety, water adjustment and swimming skills through activities and songs. Get course info


Preschool Paddlers (Age 4 & 5)

The Preschool Paddlers program uses Level 1-3 of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program in this lower student-to-instructor ratio program. Get course info

American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program (Age 5-15)

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Level 3: Stroke Development
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Level 5: Stroke Refinement

Learn to Swim Levels 1-3 (Age 5-15) Get course info

Learn to Swim Levels 4-5 (Age 5-15) Get course info

M.I.L.E.S (Age 5-15)

(Momentum - Instruction - Lifeguard - Experienced - Swimmers) M.I.L.E.S. includes a variety of fitness, water safety and lifeguard preparation skills. This course will prepare swimmers for participation with high school swim teams, swim league and familiarize them with introductory water safety and lifeguarding skills in preparation for becoming a lifeguard. Get course info 

Learn to Swim - Adult (Age 16 & Up)

Learn to swim and get fit! This class includes both Learn to Swim skills for beginners and advanced workout/fitness techniques. Get course info 

Summer class registration continues as space is available. Register today!

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Upcoming Events

6/24 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside


7/4 | July 4 Celebration | Mount Trashmore Park


7/8 |  Float-a-Rama | Seatack


7/15 | Salsa Concert | Mount Trashmore Park


7/15 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne


7/15 | Movie in the Pool | Bow Creek

7/17 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne

7/22 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside


7/29 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck

It's Carnival Time at Mount Trashmore Park
Runs Through June 25 | Mount Trashmore Park


CarnivalRides, games and traditional state fair foods are all available at the Summer Carnival at Mount Trashmore Park. Located in the parking lot off Edwin Drive, the carnival is great for all ages and offers free admission and free parking. Ride prices are below; games and concessions are priced separately.

Hours of Operation:

The closing time indicated is the latest the carnival will operate. The carnival may close earlier at the discretion of Deggeller Attractions based on weather conditions and attendance.
M - Th: 6-11 pm | F: 6-11:30 pm | Sa: 2-11:30 pm | Su: 2-11 pm

Ticket Prices for Midway Rides:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: $16 wristband
Twelve Buck Tuesday: $12 wristband
Dollar Day Thursday: All rides $1.00 each
Saturday & Sunday: $20 wristband

Join Us for Our July 4th Celebration! 

Monday, July 4 | 4-10 pm at Mount Trashmore Park | Fireworks at 9:30 pm

July 4thCelebrate America's independence with your family and friends at Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation's Annual July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore Park!  
Texas Roadhouse's Andy Armadillo and the acclaimed country line dancers will kick off the evening with live entertainment at 4 pm. Learn how to line dance to popular country songs, get your picture taken with Andy and participate in the free giveaways. Free children's activities, games and bouncing inflatables will be at Shelter 3 beginning at 5 pm.  


We're featuring a "Salute to the Military" with main stage performances by the rock ensemble of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Four Star Edition from 6-9:30 pm! Our booming fireworks display will begin at 9:30 pm.
While you're there, sink your teeth into some of the best festival foods, including: hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sandwiches, chicken pitas, Italian sausages, and more!
This event has free admission and limited onsite parking will be available - $5 per car, $10 bus/RV


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Youth Football and Volleyball Registration football player

Organized athletics are offered through the City-Wide Athletic Office in conjunction with volunteer Recreation Associations for youth 10 years old through 18 years old and attending K-12 schools. Youth football and volleyball registration will take place on July 9 and 16. Sites and times will be posted two weeks prior to the start of registration on Practice will begin in August and games begin in September. Recreation Associations will charge a player registration fee and the sports offered vary by area.
Don't know which Recreation Association you belong to? Find it here.

Space Available in Summer Camps


Ensure your child has a fun summer filled with exciting games and activities, special events, field trips, and more! We offer camps in schools across the city, as well as at most recreation centers. We also offer a variety of specialty summer camps and add-on swimming lessons. View complete offerings in the Summer Catalog

Register your child for camp online via EZreg or in person at any recreation center. All camps are now available for registration.



KidzQuest Summer Camps (rising 1st - 5th graders)  

$84 per child + $10 non-refundable deposit per week


Middle School Summer Camps (rising 6th - 9th graders) 

$89 per child + $10 non-refundable deposit per week 


Preschool & Kindergarten Summer Camps (age 3 - 6) 

Half day: $45 per child + $30 non-refundable deposit per week
All day: $110 per child + $30 non-refundable deposit per week 


Youth Summer Camps (rising 1st - 6th graders)

$100 per child + $30 non-refundable deposit per week


Teen Summer Camps (rising 7th - 9th graders)

$110 per child + $30 non-refundable deposit per week



Specialty Summer Camps

360 Venture Camp, Back 2 Nature Camp, British Soccer Camp, Extreme Adventure Camp, Magic Camp & More, Nature Detectives Camp, Ropes Camp, Skateboard Camp, Surf Camp & More, Tennis Camp, Youth Flag Rugby Camp, Therapeutic Recreation Camps

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, July 4.


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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