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Youth Programs Newsletter | December 2012 | 

Winter Catalog Available Online Dec. 8

Winter CatalogDon't let the kids spend the winter couch surfing! Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation will help your family stay active with exciting classes and programs for all ages. From fitness and dancing to pottery and martial arts, everyone can learn something new or brush up on old skills.


Do you or the kids want to learn to swim? Our indoor pools offer lessons for all ages and abilities! You'll find our popular youth water polo and dive league information in this catalog as well.


Look for the Winter Programs & Activities Catalog to be posted online at 9 am, this Saturday, December 8! Both online and in-person course registration also begins at 9 am on Saturday.

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Gift CardSimplify your shopping this year with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation gift cards! Our gift cards can be purchased in any amount that the recipient can use towards a membership, personal training, classes, programs, shelter reservations, birthday parties, and at Owl Creek Tennis Center. So, forget long lines at the mall, wondering which toys he already has or which size she wears, and give a gift they're sure to enjoy! Stop by any recreation center to purchase cards and give the gift of recreation!

Celebrate the Magic of the Season


Fun Day with Santa
Age 5 & under | Come out to Williams Farm for holiday games, activities, crafts and face painting. Don't forget your cameras for pictures with Santa. Register by Dec. 12.
Williams Farm | Friday, December 14 | 10 - 11:30 am | $6 | Register!  

Munchkins Food Fun - Holiday Treats

Age 2 - 5 with parent | Join your children at Princess Anne making fun food creations, including kooky cooking projects and crafty foods. Be sure to dress for a mess!
Princess Anne | Friday, December 14 | 10 - 11 am | $6 | Register!

Pizza with Santa

Phone Call with SantaAge 6 & under with parent | Your kids can have some yummy pizza with Santa at Great Neck. Don't forget to bring your cameras as there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the jolly man. Food served to the children only. Register by Dec. 12.
Great Neck | Wednesday, December 19 | 11:30 am - 1 pm | $6 | 


Phone Call with Santa - Santa's Switchboard

We've joined with the elves and reindeer to make arrangements for Santa Claus to call your children (age 3-8) from his North Pole headquarters to find out who's been naughty and nice, but you've got to make a reservation! Pick up a form at the front desk at Princess Anne by December 7. Forms must be submitted no later than December 10. Calls will be made on December 13-14, between 7:00 - 8:30 pm, so be waiting by the phone!

No School? No Worries! Camps Available at Rec Centers 


OST CampersVirginia Beach schools will be closed for Winter Break on December 26, 27 & 28. If you have to be at work, have your child spend the day at one of our recreation centers where they're sure to have a blast!

Our camps run from 7 am to 6 pm and the day is filled with fun activities like sports, games and arts & crafts. If your child is currently enrolled in one of our before or after school programs, the cost is $25 for the day. For those not currently enrolled in a program, the cost is $35.

Register your child online, or stop by any recreation center. For more information, call 385-0409 or email

Rock With Us! Climbing Walls Offer Fun Family Activity

Vertical WallLooking for something different to do with the kids? Give rock climbing a try! We offer three variations depending on the type of challenge you want. A membership card or day pass is required to use the climbing walls.
Aquatic Climbing Walls at Kempsville & Williams Farm
Our aquatic climbing walls hang over the pool, so no ropes are required. When you get to the top, just drop into the water!

- Hours vary; check the monthly pool schedules for dates and times. 


Traverse Rock Climbing Wall at Great Neck
Age 6 & up Traverse wall rock climbing is a rewarding and challenging activity. Can you make it all the way across?  $4 per hour of climbing
- Mondays & Fridays: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
- Sundays: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm 


Vertical Rock Climbing Wall at Seatack
Age 6 & up Test your climbing skills on our 24 foot vertical rock wall!  $4 per hour of climbing
- Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6 - 8:45 pm
- Saturdays & Sundays: 2 - 4:45 pm

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


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


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, administrative offices, parks & park facilities will close at noon on Monday, December 24 and remain closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas. All facilities will also close at 5 pm on Monday, December 31 and remain closed on Tuesday, January 1 for New Year's.


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, administrative offices, parks & park facilities will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Day.


Don't forget that your membership is good at all 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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