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Youth Programs Newsletter | January 2014 |

No School Jan 24; Camps Available


Virginia Beach schools will be closed for a staff day on January 24. 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 6:30 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 2013? 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.

Free Admission to Rec Centers During Open House Event

Saturday & Sunday, January 18-19 | All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers 


We're putting our best foot forward and opening our doors to show you what Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation has to offer! January 18th and 19th will be our biggest and best Open House - completely free and open to everyone. No membership is required and we've lined up tons of FREEBIES! Each recreation center will have various classes and programs to sample, so check the schedules on the event page.


Free fitness classes will be featured throughout the two-day event. Try out everything from Zumba® and TRX­® to kettlebells and yoga. We'll also have special demos of our exciting new class, BODYPUMP™! The original Les Mills™ barbell class focuses on low weight loads and high reps choreographed to chart-topping music!


Along with the great fitness opportunities, there will be plenty of free children's activities and family fun! Kids will love the giant inflatables and game rooms, plus you can check out the birthday party packages on display. We'll also have games and tournaments in the gym and in the pool for varying age groups. 


If you've been thinking of joining the recreation centers, but weren't quite sure what we had to offer, this is your chance to try it all for free! For our current members, this is a great opportunity to bring friends and family to experience the fun! PLUS, you can enter to win a $150 Parks & Recreation gift card that can be used toward an annual membership, group fitness classes, swimming lessons, kayak tours, shelter reservations, birthday parties & more!

In addition to the activities at our recreation centers, select parks will be offering pickleball and disc golf demos. Check the schedule on the event page for times and locations.

Youth Aquatic Leagues Focus on Skill and Fun


Water Polo Coach Give 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, contact an aquatic unit supervisor at any recreation center or email us at

Drop-In Child Care Available While You Work Out

Days and Times Vary By Location


Parents who wish to get in a workout or join a fitness or swimming class now have the option of supervised child care in our recreation centers. Your child can play and have fun in a safe and supervised area while you enjoy some "me" time in the center! 


This service is included with your child's membership or day pass. Parents must remain in the building. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Check out the hours for each center below. 


Bayside (age 3-8)Mon, Wed from 5 - 7:30 pm & Tu, Th from 9 - 11 am


Great Neck (age 3-8)Mon, Wed from 5:30 - 7 pm


Kempsville (age 3-8)Mon, Wed from 5:30 - 8 pm & Tu - Fri from 8:30 - 11 am


Princess Anne (age 3-8)Mon, Fri from 8:30 - 11:30 am


Seatack (age 3-8)Tu, Th from 6 - 8 pm


Williams Farm (age 3-5)Mon, Tu, Th from 6:30 - 8 pm 
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, administrative offices, staffed parks & park facilities will be closed on Monday, January 20 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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