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Youth Programs Newsletter | May 2013 | 

Register Now for Summer Classes!  

Catalog CoverOur Summer Programs & Activities Catalog is now available online and registration is underway! You can register online via EZreg or in person at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.


Our new catalog is full of classes and programs to keep you and your family active throughout the summer. Sign your child up for camps, swimming lessons, art classes, dance & fitness, and outdoor & athletic programs.


Printed catalogs will be available soon.

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Join Us for the Rock Around the Block Party! 

Friday, May 17 | 6 - 9 pm | Williams Farm Park, 5269 Learning Circle 


Block PartyCome out and rock Virginia Beach's newest park with your family and friends! We're hosting the Rock Around the Block Party at Williams Farm Park this Friday, May 17 from 6 - 9 pm. Fun family activities, tasty festival foods, and live entertainment are on the agenda for the day! Admission is free. 

Rock Around the Block Party is the first event in the Party in the Park summer series. Dance to the beats of the live DJ, courtesy of Crazy Diamond Entertainment, while enjoying carnival games and inflatables for the kids. You won't want to miss performances by Betty F. Williams' Elementary School's Drum Team and Step Team, or the amazing dance tribute to "The King of Pop" Michael Jackson by 10-year-old local sensation known as "MJ."

Be sure to check out a Piloxing® demonstration by our Fitness Team, as well as a variety of food vendors and exhibitors onsite for the event. Tag your photos with #PartyinthePark!


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2013/14 School Year Program Registration   

Registration Begins Saturday, May 18 | 9 am


Kidzquest Before and After School, Preschool and Kindergarten programs will begin registration for the 2013-14 school year this Saturday, May 18 at 9 am. Register early and have the peace of mind that your child will be in good hands while you're at work. Conveniently located in nearby schools and recreation centers, our programs will keep your child's body and mind active!


To register your child, use either of these options:


Register Online via EZreg | You'll need your client barcode and family pin. These are provided at time of in-person registration and can be received in person with photo ID at any of our six community recreation centers.


Register In-Person | Visit any of our Virginia Beach Recreation Centers. Save time by completing the forms ahead of time in the Parent Handbook.


Bonus! Bundled Memberships

As an added bonus, Out-of-School Time participants in our school-year program will receive a Virginia Beach Recreation Center membership. This membership grants access to any of our recreation centers between Sept 1, 2013 and Aug 31, 2014. 


A Reduced Fee Option for early childhood and school-based programs is available to those who qualify. Learn more. 

Reel in the Big One at FREE Family Fishing Clinic!  

Saturday, June 8 | 8:30 am - 1 pm | Munden Point Park, 2001 Pefley Lane

Catch of the Day Go fish! Spend a morning at Munden Point Park learning to fish with your kids (ages 5-14) at our free Family Fishing Clinic. Don't miss the chance to team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction on beginning fishing skills. This program is always a hit with parents and kids alike.


There is no cost to participate, but advanced registration is required for the Family Fishing Clinic. Limited to the first 125 participants. A parent or guardian must be present for every 4 children.   


Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided, if needed. Event will be held rain or shine. Hot dog lunch included. Fishing-related games and activities will also be held through the morning.

FREE Water Safety Lessons for Mary Helen Thomas Day 

Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9 | Times and Locations Vary


Swim Lessons

The American Red Cross of Coastal Virginia's Water Safety Committee is honoring the memory of Mary Helen Thomas by offering a free learn to swim day for youth age 4-12 on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Several pools in the Hampton Roads area, including many of our recreation centers, will be participating. Swim lesson scholarships and other prizes will be raffled off at each site. To register, please call the location of your choice before June 3

Saturday, June 8 
10 am - 11:30 am:  
* Timberlake Windsor Oak Pool, 933 Windsor Oaks Blvd in Virginia Beach: 499-5852

11 am - 12:30 pm:
* Portsmouth YMCA, 4900 High Street West in Portsmouth: 483-9622

12:30 pm - 2 pm:
* Seatack Recreation Center, 141 S. Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach: 437-4858
* Williams Farm Recreation Center, 5252 Learning Circle in Virginia Beach: 385-2950

Sunday, June 9 
10 am - 11:30 am:  
* Norfolk Community Beach Park, 700 East Ocean View in Norfolk: 420-9523

1 pm - 2:30 pm:
* Kempsville Recreation Center, 800 Monmouth Lane in Virginia Beach: 474-8492
* Princess Anne Recreation Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway in Virginia Beach: 426-0022

Mary Helen Thomas was a community leader who promoted water safety and learn-to-swim programs in the Hampton Roads area for more than 50 years. She received many awards throughout her career, and was recognized for her role in breaking down racial barriers within the swimming community in the 1960s. 

Fun, Convenient & Affordable Summer Camps! 

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Last Day of School is Friday, June 14

Summer Camp Preview We're gearing up for another great season of Summer Camps and we hope your child will be spending some time with us! 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. 


Check out this video for a preview of what's to come this summer! 

All camps are now available for registrationYou can register your child for camp in person at any recreation center. Don't wait - camps are filling fast!

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
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


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


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


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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