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Youth Programs Newsletter | June 2012 | 
It's Carnival Time at Mount Trashmore!

Runs Through June 26 | 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
Enjoy Free Access at Seatack Open House

Monday, June 18 | 11 am - 2 pm | Seatack Rec Center


Vertical WallCheck out Seatack Recreation Center for free on Monday, June 18 during their Open House from 11 am to 2 pm. You and your family can enjoy the climbing wall, inflatable bounce house, Wii games, complimentary hot dogs and cool refreshments!

As part of the Open House, all areas of the facility will be available to enjoy, including the cardio & weight room, indoor pool, gym, sportwall and climbing wall, without a membership or day pass.


Children must be at least six years old with parent's written permission to use the climbing wall.

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Upcoming Events

6/18 | Seatack Open House | Seatack Rec Center


6/20 | Teen Empowerment Program | Seatack Rec Center


6/29 | Movie in the Pool: Nanny McPhee | Princess Anne Rec Center


7/4 | July 4 Celebration | Mount Trashmore Park


7/20 | Latin Fiesta | Mount Trashmore Park

School's Almost Out - Keep the Kids Active!  


Girl DancingVirginia Beach Public Schools begin summer break this Friday. If you're still looking for ideas to keep your kids active this summer, we have dozens of fitness, dance and martial arts classes to choose from. Here are a few highlights from our Summer Catalog:

Tumbling and dance classes start as young as 3 years old
Martial arts classes starting at 8 years old
Hydro Teens, our newest water fitness class for ages 12-17
Amateur Boxing for ages 8 to 17
Kida Yoga for ages 7 to 12

In addition to our registered classes, kids can take any of our group fitness classes starting at age 12 with a parent and at 14 by themselves.


According to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, one quarter of U.S. children watch more than 4 hours of television a day. When you factor in the time spent on computers and other electronic devices, the level of inactivity goes up dramatically. Encourage your kids to get more activity with as much variety as possible!

Celebrate Independence Day at Mount Trashmore Park

Wednesday, July 4 | 4 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park  


July 4Celebrate with your friends and family at our annual July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore Park! We're featuring great musical acts as singer/songwriter Rachel Rocheleau opens for country sensation, the Beadle Brothers! Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. Admission and limited onsite parking is free. Food and drinks available for purchase.  


Main Stage Performances
5:00 - 6:00 pm | Texas Roadhouse's Andy Armadillo and the acclaimed country line dancers will kick off the evening. Learn how to line dance to popular country songs, get your picture taken with Andy and participate in the free giveaways.

6:00 - 7:30 pm | Aspiring local singer/songwriter Rachel Rocheleau makes her big stage debut at Mount Trashmore Park performing a medley of classic patriotic favorites, a mix of today's top hits, and a few great oldies.

8:15 - 9:30 pm | The Beadle Brothers are a high energy country duo that have previously opened for many national recording artists including Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence and Lori Morgan.


Children's Activities

4:00 - 8:00 pm | Free children's activities and games at Shelter #3. The Virginia Freemasons will be making child ID cards at no cost.


9:30 pm | Zambelli, the "First Family of Fireworks" will amaze you with their spectacular fireworks show!

Note: When parking lots at Mount Trashmore Park are full, Edwin Drive between Independence Boulevard and South Boulevard may close.

Help Your Child Learn to Swim this Summer!


Learn to Swim!Swimming is the most popular summer activity. Enroll the kids in swimming lessons to help keep your family safe around the water.


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. Find a class!


Pre-School Paddlers (Age 4-5)
The Pre-School Paddlers program uses Level 1-3 of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program in this lower student to instructor ratio program. Find a class!


American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program
  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 (Ages 5-15) Find a class!

Learn to Swim Levels 4-5 (Ages 5-15) Find a class! 


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. Find a class!

Youth Football & Volleyball Registration

Saturday, July 7 & Saturday, July 14 | Times & Locations Vary 


Youth FootballOrganized 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 the first two Saturdays in July: July 7 and 14. 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.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed through June 17 for maintenance.


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day.


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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