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Youth Programs Newsletter | April 2012 | 
Don't Miss Our Star Party This Friday!

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

Star PartyTake 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. 


NASA will be onsite with children's activities. 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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Last Call: Spring Break Camp Registration

Register By Thursday, April 5 for Kids to Start Camp on Monday!   


Spring BreakSign 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. Must be registered by Thursday, April 5 to start camp on Monday.


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! 


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 

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Upcoming Events

4/6 | Star Party | Mount Trashmore


4/7 | Egg Hunt and More | Bayville Farms Park


4/14 | Owl Prowl | Stumpy Lake


4/22 | Earth Day | Mount Trashmore


4/22 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne Rec Center

4/27 | Family Nite Hike | Carolanne Farms Park


4/28 | American Indian Pow Wow | Mount Trashmore


5/12 | K-9 Karnival | Mount Trashmore Park


5/18 | Pirates in the Park | Mount Trashmore Park

Celebrate Earth Day at Mount Trashmore Park 

Sunday, April 22 | 11 am - 4 pm | Mount Trashmore Park  


Earth DayThrough exhibits, displays and activities, you and your family can explore effective and convenient ways to green your lifestyle. Come out to Mount Trashmore Park (one of the nation's first recycled landfills) on Sunday, April 22 for our 2012 Earth Day Celebration presented by Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation & Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission. In addition to a variety of environmental exhibitors, check out some of this year's event highlights: 

AAA Recycling Zone (9 am - 3 pm)

* eCycling by Synergy Recycling
- Take this opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted home electronics and computer equipment - FREE! 


* Child Safety Seat Recycling - Have a used child safety seat that no longer meets industry safety standards? Bring it to the AAA Recycling Zone, and we'll see to it that all the plastic parts are properly broken down and recycled.

* Car Battery Round Up - Get a $5 gift card (while supplies last) for every vehicle battery you bring in (up to 5)

Dumpster Dive Demonstration
Project Green Teens will sift through trash and debris in a park dumpster to find items that could have been recycled. Last year's dumpster dive revealed that nearly 50% of one dumpster's contents could have been recycled. Teen volunteers needed!  


Bicycling Activities
Travel green on your bike to the event and receive a free gift (first 100 only) at the free Bike Valet. We'll have free bicycle checks and you can take part in the News Channel 3 Bike Safety Awareness Ride.


Live Music
Enjoy live music featuring 4Shore
, who was recently featured on NBC's "The X Factor," as well as other local talent: School of Rock and The Futuros.


Other Attractions
Delicious festival foods will be available for purchase, and fun children's activities will be hosted by the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast.


Earth Day 2012 at Mount Trashmore Park is an official Virginia Green event.



Help Your Kids Create Memories at Summer Camp!

Register Now: Rec Center & Specialty Camps | Register 4/28: School-Based Camps


BuddiesBefore you know it, school will be out and summer will be upon us. Ensure your child has a fun summer filled with exciting games and activities, special events, field trips, and more! Summer camp is where new friendships blossom and lasting memories are made.


Our camps are conveniently located in schools across the city, as well as at most recreation centers. We also offer a variety of specialty summer camps, including Back to Nature Camp, Magic Camp, Tennis Camp, Ropes Camp, Soccer Camp and more! From preschoolers to teens, give your kids a summer experience that they'll never forget! Learn more about our summer camps.
Registration for recreation center and specialty camps is available now! School-based camps will begin registration on Saturday, April 28. Register your child for camp online via EZreg or in person at any recreation center.

Experience Native American Culture at Pow Wow

Saturday, April 28 | 11 am - 6 pm | Mount Trashmore Park


Pow WowCome out to Mount Trashmore Park on Saturday, April 28 for the 12th Annual American Indian Pow Wow: A Celebration of Life for all People. Introduce your children to Native American culture as it is showcased through spirited music, intertribal dancing and drumming, and American Indian cuisine at this interactive and educational event.


Learn about various dances and regalia worn while taking the opportunity to participate in intertribal dancing. (Due to the nature of the American Indian Pow Wow, no pets are allowed in the event area.) There will be over 25 exhibitors with sales of authentic and Indian-inspired arts and crafts, with educational displays of American Indian artifacts. American Indian foods as well as other festival foods will be available for purchase.


Master of Ceremonies: Clark Stewart (Chickahominy)

Arena Director: Chief Thomas Lewis (Meherrin)

Head Male Dancer: Seth Adkins (Chickahominy)

Head Female Dancer: Leah Fortune (Rappahannock)

Host Drum: Stumptown Singers (St. Stephen's Church, VA)

Guest Drum: Nassaw Nation (Hollister, NC)  


The event opens at 11 am for educational and craft displays/sales. The grand entry will take place at noon followed by American Indian drumming, dancing and activities, until the closing ceremony at 5:45 pm. This event is free with ample on-site parking.



Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on April 8 for Easter.


The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed May 19 through June 17 for 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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