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Youth Programs Newsletter | March 2012 | 
Spring Registration Is Open!


Catalog CoverIt's time to think spring with our new Spring Catalog! Take a look inside for classes and programs that will have you and your family dancing, creating, swimming, getting fit and more! You can browse and register online through EZreg.


This catalog also contains our summer camp listings. Registration for rec center and specialty camps begins March 31. School based summer camp registration begins April 28.

Celebrate Japanese Culture at Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday, April 1 | 12:30 - 3:30 pm | Red Wing Park

Cherry BlossomHelp us celebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the  8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, April 1 at Red Wing Park (1398 General Booth Blvd). Enjoy the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities by A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, an origami display and fold-along with Rich Gray, and various demonstrations. This is a family event that allows everyone to come together and embrace the nature that surrounds us.
Featured performances include a drum routine by SOKA Taiko Group, as well as a celebration of Sister City Moss, Norway that includes songs from Sons of Norway.
Food and beverage are available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. Parking and admission is free.


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Upcoming Events

3/11 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside


3/16 | Movie in the Pool: Despicable Me  | Princess Anne


4/1 | Cherry Blossom Festival | Red Wing Park


4/6 | Star Party | Mount Trashmore


4/14 | Owl Prowl | Stumpy Lake


4/22 | Earth Day | Mount Trashmore

4/27 | Family Nite Hike | Carolanne Farms Park


4/28 | American Indian Pow Wow | Mount Trashmore

Get in on the Star Party!

Friday, April 6 | Dark Until 11 pm | Mount Trashmore Park  

Take your stargazing to Mount Trashmore Park for the 4th Annual Mount Trashmore Star Party! Come and observe night sky wonders through a variety of telescopes. Learn to identify constellations in the sky as they are pointed out by planetarium coordinator Chuck Dibbs and the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers.

Experience ViewSpace! A tent will be set up for an internet-fed, self-updating, permanent exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about ViewSpace. 


Anyone wishing to set up a telescope can also do so. The goal is to share the beauty of the night sky with anyone wishing to learn about it. Event is dependent on clear skies.


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Easter Events For Kids and Parents 


Looking for a fun way to celebrate Easter with your child? Check out the events below!


Easter EggsMunchkins Easter Extravaganza (age 5 & under with parent)
Princess Anne | Friday, March 30 | 10 - 11:30 am | $6
Kids will enjoy the bounce house, a spring craft and an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny! Call or visit Princess Anne Rec Center to register.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny (age 5 & under with parent)
Great Neck | Wednesday, April 4 | 10 - 11:30 am | $6 | Register!
Your child can eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny and participate in Easter activites and crafts.

Eggstra Eggstravagant Egg Event (all ages)
Bayville Farms Park | Saturday, April 7 | 11 am - 1 pm | Free!
Kids of all ages can participate in an egg hunt at Bayville Farms, enjoy a craft project and visit with the Easter Bunny! If it rains, the event will take place at Bayside Recreation Center. This event has no cost and registration is not needed.
Spring Break Camp Registration Continues  

Virginia Beach Public Schools Spring Break: April 9-13   


Spring Break SwimmingSign your child up for one of our Spring Break Camps and they'll have a blast while you have peace of mind knowing they are in good hands. Registration continues as space is available. Register your child online through EZreg, or stop by any recreation center.


Recreation Center Spring Break Camps  

(Age 5-12) Your child will stay active and relieve school-related stress by participating in dynamic sports, lively games, indoor swimming, arts & crafts and exciting tournaments.
April 9 - 13
| 7 am - 6 pm | $130 | Register! 


Skateboard Sessions

(Age 6 & up) Teaches kids the basics of park skateboarding, including safety, park etiquette, and riding techniques. A skateboard and helmet are required; knee and elbow pads recommended.
#105152 | Mount Trashmore | April 10 - 12 | 9 - 11 am | $64 


Spring Break Tennis Camp  

(Age 5-17) If your child is new to the game of tennis, this is the perfect opportunity to learn basic strokes, general rules and proper tennis etiquette.
#105695 | Owl Creek Tennis Center | April 9 - 13 | 9 am - noon | $145 

Nominate Outstanding Youth & Adults for Best All Around


Best All AroundDo you know youth who demonstrate exceptional leadership, exhibit courage in overcoming adversity, or who promote education or change around social issues? Do you know adults who contribute to the community with outstanding and inspirational work with youth? Is there a business or organization that has created a culture of support and involvement with youth?


If so, consider nominating them for one of Virginia Beach's Best All Around Awards. Completed nominations are due by April 2.  


Nominees must be in one of four categories: 


1. Youth who live in Virginia Beach and are enrolled in grades 1-12; 


2. Youth groups whose focus of activities is in Virginia Beach; 


3. Adults who volunteer or work with Virginia Beach youth (such as a coach, teacher, mentor, social

worker, probation officer, etc.); or 


4. Businesses or organizations located in or operating primarily in Virginia Beach.  


The criteria for Virginia Beach's Best All Around awards are based on the Search Institute's 40 Developmental AssetsŪ, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that help young people grow up to be healthy, principled and caring adults.

The nomination form requires a single typed page which provides examples of the nominee's work in developing the 40 Developmental AssetsŪ.


The Best All Around program is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Team and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Help us recognize youth and adults who are making a difference in our community!

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


The pool at Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed through March 15 for valve replacement.


Seatack Recreation Center will be closed March 12-18 for annual maintenance.  


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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