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Youth Programs Newsletter | July 2012 | 
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Enter Our Photo Contest through July 23  


I Heart VBPR!

Get creative and show us why you heart Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation! Snap a photo showcasing one of VBPR's programs, parks, facilities or events while incorporating a heart symbol.

Submit your photo through our Facebook app. Be sure to include the location of the photo and a brief description during submission and then get your friends and family to vote for your photo!

The entry with the most votes wins a $100 VB Parks & Recreation gift certificate which can be used towards membership, classes, personal training and more! Second and third place entries will receive a $50 and $25 gift certificate respectively. 

SK8R Bash Application Available July 16


Do you have kids who like to skateboard? SK8R Bash, our annual amateur skateboard competition takes place Saturday, October 20 at the Mount Trashmore Skate Park. Competition forms will be available this coming Monday, July 16 on Entry fee is $25. Prizes are awarded to top finishers. Space is limited, so get those forms in early to secure a space!

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Upcoming Events

7/14 | Float-a-Rama | Bow Creek


7/20 | Latin Fiesta | Mount Trashmore Park


7/22 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne

Friends are Free at All VB Rec Centers in July!


FriendsAs part of our celebration of July as Parks & Recreation month, all Virginia Beach Recreation Center members can bring a friend to the rec center each day this month for FREE!

As long as they are accompanied by a member, friends can enjoy unlimited visits for the whole month! If your child has a membership, he/she can bring a friend along to enjoy the game room activities, swimming pool and gymnasium. The child's parent or guardian will need to sign the Liability Release on the Day Pass Application in order to utilize the facility, so be sure to have this completed ahead of time.


Adults are encouraged to bring a friend as well! Plan a workout together or go for a swim. Friends can also participate in group fitness classes by using a group fitness sampler or with the purchase of a punch card.

Rec Center Summer Drop-In Programs for Kids

Game RoomIt's been a hot summer so far, but the kids can beat the heat at our rec centers! Most centers have game rooms for kids that have a combination of table games like billiards, foosball, table tennis and air hockey as well as video games and board games. Our large recreation centers also have indoor playgrounds in the game room for ages 3-12. Each game room has scheduled program hours when the game room is available and staffed. The program hours and amenities for each center are available here.


Use of the game room does require a recreation center membership or day pass. Note that children age 5 & under must be directly supervised by someone age 16 or older at all times. Youth age 6-8 may participate during scheduled program hours until 8 pm as long as there is someone age 16 or older in the building. After 8 pm, children under the age of 12 must be directly supervised by someone age 16 or older.

Dance the Night Away at Latin Fiesta!

Friday, July 20 | 7 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park


Dancing Salsa ConcertJoin us at Mount Trashmore Park on Friday, July 20 for Latin Fiesta, our salsa concert in the park!  


The sizzling sounds of Tumbao Salsero Orchestra will keep you moving all night long with Latin rhythms that include Salsa, Merengue, Jazz and Bomba. The 11-member band has entertained thousands of fans at concerts throughout Virginia including Latin Fest and Norfolk Harborfest.

Bring the whole family for this event! The concert begins at 7 pm, and food will be available for purchase.


Free admission and free on-site parking!

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Reminder: Youth Football & Volleyball Registration

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 again on July 14. Sites and times are available here.

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.

Save the Date for a Beach Bash at Mount Trashmore Park!

Friday, August 17 | 7 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park  


Steel DrumOn August 17, break out the beach balls and sunglasses as we turn Mount Trashmore Park into an island paradise! Grab a cool drink, relax and put yourself on island time.

Exhilarating sounds of steel drums and horns by musical group Caribbean Steel will have you feeling like you're in the tropics. Children's activities, corn hole and other beach games will be on-hand. We'll have delicious food available for purchase and all the makings of a great Beach Bash right in the heart of the city!

Free admission and free on-site parking!

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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed Monday, September 3 for Labor 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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