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Youth Programs Newsletter | May 2014 |

May is Military Appreciation Month


As our thank you to those who have served, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation invites members of the military and their families to enjoy the following special offers: 


Thank You Thursdays 
Free admission to all Virginia Beach Recreation Centers each Thursday in May 


Free Fishin' Fridays 
Free admission to the Little Island Fishing Pier every Friday in May. In addition, receive free parking at Little Island Park on Friday May 23 & 30 (Parking fees are not charged prior to May 23.) 


Free 2-hour kayak/canoe rentals at Munden Point Park during the entire month of May (subject to equipment availability; first come, first served) 


A military ID (active duty, retirees or dependents) must be shown in order to receive these offers. Veterans can show their detachment papers as proof of service. Virginia Beach residency not required. 

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2014/15 School Year Program Registration

Registration Begins Saturday, May 17 at 9 am 


Before and After School, Preschool and Kindergarten programs will begin registration for the 2014/15 school year on Saturday, May 17 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, 2014 and Aug 31, 2015. 


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

Get Ready to Get Sprayed!
Sprayground at Williams Farm Opens Saturday, May 17 

Break out the swimsuits and head over to Williams Farm Recreation Center beginning on Saturday, May 17 as the sprayground opens for the season! After a long, cold winter, we're looking forward to plenty of sunshine and spraying water! 


As long as the temperature hits 75, the sprayground will operate during the following 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. Children under the age of 9 must be supervised by a responsible person at least 16 years of age.


Want to bring your group to the sprayground this summer? Private rentals are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 - 11:30 am. Cost is $89 and proof of liability insurance will be required. Please contact the center at (757) 385-2950 for additional information and to schedule your rental!
Bring the Family Out to K-9 Karnival
Saturday, May 17 | 10 am - 3 pm | Mount Trashmore Park 

We're dedicating a day to our furry friends on Saturday, May 17 at Mount Trashmore Park! Bring the whole family (including the dog!) out to the park from 10 am to 3 pm for exciting canine demos, competitions, doggy displays & more at our free K-9 Karnival!  


Activities for this year's event include:


Canine Demonstrations | 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm

Check out the Mid Atlantic Disc Dogs at 10 am, The Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs at 11 am, and Tidewater Search and Rescue at 12 pm for inspiring canine demonstrations.


Neuter Scooter & 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, bordetella and distemper vaccinations at a reduced rate of $10 each, and microchips at a cost of $25 per pet. Low-cost canine and feline spay/neuter appointments can also be made by calling (757) 323-7729 in advance.


Agility Course Competition | 10 am - 3 pm | $2  

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


23rd 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! Registration will take place at the show arena at 10 am.


2014 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. Registration will take place at the information tent from 10 am to noon.


The Hairier Jump Jets Flyball Team | Watch the fur fly as the Hairier Jump Jets Flyball Team holds demonstrations throughout the day! 


Visit our webpage for complete details! Be sure to post your photos from the event and tag them with #K9Karnival!

Summer Camps are Filling Up! Register Today!
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 select elementary and 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! 

You can register your child for camp in person at any recreation center. Don't wait - camps are are already filling up!


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.

The gym at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed through May 18 while the divider walls are sanded and repainted.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. City parks will be 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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