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Youth Programs Newsletter | January 2013 | 

No School Jan 25;  Day Camps Available!


Game RoomVirginia Beach schools will be closed for a staff day on January 25 and for President's Day on February 18. 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. Camps are available at Bayside, Great Neck, Kempsville and Princess Anne. For more information, call 385-0409 or email

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Did your child participate in any of our Out-of-School Time Programs in 2012? If you need a Child Care Spending Report for tax purposes, please complete this online request form and we'll get one mailed to you. Allow 7-10 business days for processing and delivery of your report.

Make a Family Resolution

Family WorkoutIf you are like many Americans, the new year means resolutions and a chance for a fresh start. This is the year in which we will lose some weight, be more active and eat healthier! But, couldn't the whole family benefit from some of these changes? Consider creating a family resolution.


Less Screen Time | We're all guilty of spending a little too much time being tied to a screen. Whether it's our cell phone, tablet, computer or television, it's easy to get distracted by technology. Make a committment as a family to step away from the screens! Have a family game night or go visit a local park or museum at least once a week.


Family Fitness | Get together and get active! A family workout can be both fun and invigorating. Go for a bike ride, play a game of backyard football, take a walk or hit the recreation center together! Motivate and challenge each other to get moving!


Sit Down Dinner | With packed schedules, it can be tough to sit down together as a family for a meal. Set a goal to have more sit down dinners and get everyone involved in the planning and preparation. You could have each family member create a menu for one meal. Introduce the kids to new fruits and vegetables by having them join you at the grocery store or farmer's market. Pick one night a week for each child to be Sous Chef and help prepare the meal. Most importantly, find the time to eat together as a family.

Teens Can Compete in January Sports Challenges


3-on-3 BballLooking for a new way to test your athletic skills? Try one of our upcoming athletic activities for teens age 12 to 17.

Football Blast: This competitive event involves various activities that will challenge your skills and abilities in the game of football. Please wear your favorite team's football jersey! 

Saturday, January 26 | 1 - 2 pm | Williams Farm Rec Center


Teen Basketball Challenge: Compete in 3-on-3 games

Friday, January 25 | 2 - 4 pm | Great Neck Rec Center


Teen Racquetball Challenge: Compete with other teens in this fast-paced game

Friday, January 25 | 12 - 2 pm | Great Neck Rec Center


There is no cost to participate, although a Virginia Beach Recreation Center membership or day pass is required. Sign up at the recreation center.

Get On Target with Free Archery Demo Day!


TargetEver wondered if you could shoot a bow and arrow and hit your target? This is your chance to find out! Visit us at Kempsville Recreation Center on Saturday, February 9 between 1 pm and 4 pm for our free Archery Demo Day.

This open house style event provides you and your family with the opportunity to learn how to properly shoot a bow and arrow. We'll teach you the techniques and give you plenty of practice time to hone your skills. All equipment will be provided. Archery Demo Day is open to everyone age 6 and up, but children under 16 must have a parent present.

If you have already had your hands on a bow and are looking for more, consider our Intro 2 Archery or Intermediate Archery classes in March. These 4-week classes are only $59/person (age 10 & up).

Youth Aquatic Leagues Focus on Skill and Fun


Water PoloGive your swimmer the chance to try something new! This spring, we have two different leagues that are perfect for youth who are new to the sports, or for those looking to improve their skills.


Water Polo League

Our water polo league is offered to swimmers age 10-17. The league teaches kids the nuances of the sport in a low-key, competitive environment. No experience is needed! Register now!


Dive League

Our dive league is offered to kids age 7-15. This league is ideal for those who are new to the sport or divers who are looking to improve their skills. Emphasis is placed on diver development and fun in a low-key competitive environment. Participants will learn the proper approaches and entries off of the diving board. This program is designed for youth with little or no competitive diving experience. Register now!


For more information about these leagues, please contact an aquatic unit supervisor at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center or email

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 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.
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