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Youth Programs Newsletter | September 2012 | 
Kids Have Fun While Parents Work Out!

Kids Play Finding the time to work out just got a little easier for parents! Several of our recreation centers now offer supervised play time for kids while parents use the fitness rooms and pool.


Visit any of the centers below on the designated days and times and just sign your child into the program while you go work out. A membership card is required for both parent and child.


Great Neck | Mon | 5 - 7 pm | Age 3 & up


Princess Anne | Mon - Fri | 6 - 8 pm | Age 3-5


Williams Farm (beginning in Nov.) | Mon - Fri | 5 - 8 pm | Age 3-6


Important note: Parents, you must remain in the building while your child enjoys these play time activities. Child must be toilet trained.

Catch the Big One at Family Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 6 | 8:30 am to 1 pm | Munden Point Park 


Girl FishingGo fish! Spend a morning at Munden Point Park learning to fish with your kids (ages 5-14) at our FREE Family Fishing Clinic on Saturday, October 6 from 8:30 am to 1 pm.

Advance registration is required. Register under parent or guardian name at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center or online via EZreg. Space is limited to the first 150 participants. A parent or guardian must be present for every 4 children.

Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided, if needed. This event will be held rain or shine. A hot dog lunch is included.
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Upcoming Events

9/28 | Movie in the Pool: Dolphin Tale | Princess Anne


9/28 | Family Nite Hike | Lake Lawson/Lake Smith

9/30 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside


10/20 | SK8R Bash | Mount Trashmore Park  


10/26 | Williams Farm Recreation Center, Park & Skate Park Ribbon Cutting | Williams Farm

Coming Soon: Williams Farm Rec Center & Skate Park!

Save the Date for the Ribbon Cutting! Friday, October 26 at 4 pm  


Williams Farm EntranceMark your calendar for the opening of Virginia Beach's newest recreation center, skate park and park! The ribbon cutting ceremony for Williams Farm Community Recreation Center and Park will be held at 4 pm on Friday, October 26. The recreation center and park are located off Newtown Road, between Diamond Spring and Newtown Elementary Schools.
The recreation center is a 71,000 square foot innovative facility like none other in Virginia Beach. The large, indoor pool features a water playground, 156-foot curving slide, rock climbing wall, current channel, and an outdoor sprayground. Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate the spacious cardio, free weight and fitness class areas, as well as the indoor track which overlooks the pool and gym. Other features include an outdoor play court, a multimedia area for teens, classrooms for our preschool programs, and meeting rooms. Check out some photos of the construction progress. You've never seen a recreation center like this before!


The 25,000 square-foot skate park is adjacent to the new recreation center and features urban street plaza elements like steps and rails, a concrete bowl and flow park. This will be the City's third public skate park.
Look for more detailed information on the recreation center, park and skate park in upcoming newsletters and on our website at

Youth Boxing Helps Kids with Fitness & More


Youth  BoxingPhysical fitness is one of the most important tools in youth development, not just physically, but also mentally. Working out helps build discipline and self confidence and it contributes to a healthy heart and bones. Currently there are approximately nine million children over the age of six that are obese. Childhood obesity can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, pre-diabetes and bone or joint problems. With the obesity rates raising in youth, it is important that we give children the tools they will need to live a healthy life. 

We offer Amateur Youth Boxing at Kempsville and will soon offer it at Williams Farm Recreation Center as well. In these programs, we instruct our participants on the basics of the sport of boxing with hands on training with USA Amateur Boxing Coaches. Not only will kids learn to box and gain focus and discipline, but they will also be put through rigorous fitness routines to help get them up to the fitness level needed to participate in such a physically demanding sport. Our instructors will work with the kids on cardiovascular fitness, full body strength, foot work, coordination, speed and agility.


Our youth boxing classes are open to all levels of fitness and experience. Coed classes are offered at Kempsville for youth ages 8-16, while Williams Farm will offer girls only and boys only classes for ages 11-17 beginning in November. The fee is $49 for 8 classes. Register online now! You can also register in person at any recreation center.

Competitors Wanted for SK8R Bash! 

Saturday, October 20 | 8 am - 5:30 pm | Mount Trashmore Skate Park 

SK8R BashIt's back! Our action-packed skateboard competition at the 24,000 square foot Mount Trashmore Skate Park takes place Saturday, October 20. Complete with big airs, board grabs and other raw tricks, this contest runs alongside fun activities and rockin' live music. Registration is underway for anyone who wants to compete in the skateboard competition. Prize packs for winners provided by WRV.

Competition Information

Registration Cost: $25
Event Day Registration: $30, if space is available

  • Helmets are required; elbow and knee pads are recommended
  • Applications accepted on first come, first serve basis until categories are full; space is limited
  • Registration status confirmed by email
  • Competitors receive contest t-shirt
  • Prizes in each category
  • Parents must sign for participants under age 18
  • Proof of age may be required 

Contest Format

Each competitor will be given a :30 second intro-run, and then placed in a 10 - 20 person Jam Session. The competitors from each category will be placed in a final jam. Divisions and schedules are listed on the registration formSign up today!

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project. Expected re-opening is September 2014. 

Bayside Recreation Center will be closed through September 16 for annual maintenance. The pool will remain closed through September 23.


Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed September 24-30 for annual maintenance.


Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed October 8-14 for annual maintenance. The pool will remain closed through October 21.


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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