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Youth Programs Newsletter | April 2013 | 

Get Ready to Get Wet!  

SpraygroundSince Williams Farm Rec Center opened last October, kids (and parents) have had a blast splashing in the pool, climbing the aquatic rock wall, slipping down the slide and playing in the pool playground. Just one thing has been off-limits and that's about to change. It's been too cool to enjoy the outdoor sprayground, but beginning in mid-May, we'll have it open for the weekends! After Memorial Day, the sprayground will be open every day.


Sprayground hours:

Monday - Friday | 11:30 am - 8 pm

Saturday | 9 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday | 11 am - 4:30 pm


A recreation center membership or day pass is needed to access the sprayground. Look for a specific opening date in next month's newsletter!

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Join Us at Mount Trashmore for Earth Day Celebration!

Saturday, April 20 (Rain Date: Sunday, April 21) | 11 am to 4 pm | Mount Trashmore Park  


Earth DayIntroduce your kids to the many ways in which we can help better the environment at our Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20 at Mount Trashmore Park (one of the nation's first recycled landfills) from 11 am to 4 pm. You'll enjoy a variety of exhibits, displays and activities that will give you a chance to discover and explore effective and convenient ways to green your lifestyle. Event highlights include: 

AAA Recycling Zone | 9 am - 4 pm

All recycling will take place in Parking Lot 1 at Mount Trashmore Park, located near the YMCA. *Please enter from South Boulevard.*

Recycled Float Parade Competition | 12:30 pm

The first Recycled Float Parade competition is seeking your creativity and resourcefulness! Create a float comprised of repurposed or reused materials that you can sit in, ride on, push, pull, or peddle and compete against others in the Junior Recycler (age 12 & under), Recycler (age 13 & up), or Team Recycler Division (all ages). The panel of judges will select the winners based on the most imaginative design, best use of materials, and the environmental message. Registration is free and available now! $100 Whole Foods gift cards will be awarded to division winners!
Other Activities

We'll also have bicycling activities, a dumpster dive demonstration and recycled dumpster painting. Plus, we've got live music on the main stage, food available for purchase, and children's activities including crafts and a bounce house. Find out more!  
Taking photos at the event? Tag them with #VBEarthDay!


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Summer Camps Filling Fast - Register Today! 

Campers As we enjoy this taste of summer weather, it's a great reminder to finalize plans for your child when school lets out. We're gearing up for another great season of Summer Camps and we hope your child will be spending some time with us! Whether it's just for one week or for the entire summer, we've got options to meet your needs and ensure that your child has fun while making lasting memories!


We're again offering camps in our recreation centers and in many elementary and select middle schools across the city. We also offer a variety of specialty summer camps and add-on swimming lessons. 

Register your child for camp online via EZreg or in person at any recreation center. All camps are now available for registration. Don't wait, as many camps will fill early!

School-Based Camps

  • KidzQuest & RISE Camps (rising 1st - 5th graders), Middle School Camps (rising 6th - 9th graders)

Recreation Center Camps

  • Preschool & Kindergarten Camps (age 3 - 6), Youth Camps (rising 1st - 6th graders), Teen Camps (rising 7th - 9th graders)

Specialty Summer Camps

  • Back 2 Nature Camp, British Soccer Camp, Magic Camp & More, Nature Detectives Camp, Ropes Camp, Surf Camp & More, Tennis Camp & Therapeutic Recreation Camps
Experience Native American Culture at Pow Wow

Saturday, April 27 | 11 am - 6 pm | Mount Trashmore Park 


Pow WowCome out to Mount Trashmore Park on Saturday, April 27 for the 13th Annual American Indian Pow Wow: A Celebration of Life for all People. You and your family will learn about various dances and ragalia worn, and you'll have the opportunity to participate in intertribal dancing. (Due to the nature of the American Indian Pow Wow, no pets are allowed in the event area.) Browse through more than 25 exhibitors offering authentic and Indian-inspired arts and crafts, with educational displays of American Indian artifacts. American Indian foods as well as other festival foods will be available for purchase. 

The event opens at 11 am for educational and craft displays/sales. The grand entry will take place at noon followed by American Indian drumming, dancing and activities, until the closing ceremony at 5:45 pm. This event is free with ample on-site parking. Tag your photos with #VBPowWow!

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Changes to FOIA for Youth Parks & Recreation Records

FOIA BillOn March 20th, Governor Bob McDonnell signed Bill HB 1524 Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); records of minors participating in park and recreation program. Effective July 1, this law reverses the default rule of FOIA that certain park and recreation records of minors are subject to the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA, unless the parent or an emancipated person who is the subject of the record requests in writing that the record not be disclosed. Under the bill, these records would be exempt from public disclosure unless and until the parent or emancipated person who is the subject of the record waives the protection. The bill was introduced by Delegate Ronald A. Villanueva on behalf of the City of Virginia Beach and the Department of Parks and Recreation to further safeguard minors participating in recreational programs.

Bring the Family Out to K-9 Karnival! 

Saturday, May 11 | 10 am - 3 pm | Mount Trashmore Park 


K9We're celebrating a day dedicated to our furry friends on Saturday, May 11 at Mount Trashmore Park! Bring the whole family (including the dog!) out to the park from 10 am to 3 pm for exciting canine demonstrations, fun competitions, doggy displays and more at our free K-9 Karnival!  


Activities for this year's event include:


2013 Hyperflite® Skyhoundz® Local Championships | 1 - 3 pm Unleash the champion in your dog during this ever-entertaining contest with amazing displays of canine grace, athleticism and agility. This disc-catching event is open to all owners and dogs, regardless of breed, size or experience. 
Canine Demonstrations | 11 am
The Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs (GARD) will give a demonstration of search and rescue techniques on the main field. Tidewater Search & Rescue will give an obedience demonstration along with a demonstration with human remains detection dogs.


Agility Course Competition | TBD
With jumps, hoops, tunnels and more, all ages can compete with their pups. Presented in partnership with Family Dog Club, Inc.


21st Annual Dog-Gonest Dog Show | 10:30 am - 12 pm
This is 15 seconds of fame for you and your favorite mutt! Does your dog love peanut butter? Have him or her compete in contests like the "GREAT Peanut Butter Lick-Off!"  Additional contests include Tail Wagging, Barking, and "Stupid Pet Tricks." Participation is free and prizes will be awarded!
Rabies Shot Clinic by VBSPCA | 10 am - 3 pm
A must for every dog! Offered onsite at the "Neuter Scooter" by the Virginia Beach SPCA. VBSPCA veterinarians will provide rabies and distemper vaccinations at a reduced rate of $10, and microchips at a cost of $25. Low-cost canine and feline spay/neuter appointments can also be made in advance by calling (757) 323-7729.
Visit our webpage for complete details! Be sure to post your photos from the event and tag them with #K9Karnival!


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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project.

Beach Garden Park will be closed on April 19-20 to accomodate landscape improvements to be made through STIHL Inc's community service project.


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. Parks remain open!


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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