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Youth Programs Newsletter | June 2014 |

Go Skateboarding Day is June 21

Williams Farm Skate Park | 10 am - 5 pm | All ages event


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Grab your board and head out to Williams Farm Skate Park on Saturday, June 21 to celebrate the official holiday of skateboarding.

From 10 am - 5 pm skaters of all ages can challenge their friends to games of S.K.A.T.E., Stack It, the Wall Ride Challenge and more for prizes and bragging rights.
The skate park will be open from 8 am - 9 pm for public skate. A free Skate Park Pass and helmet are required for entry.

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Staycation with Parks & Rec!


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As the kids finish up their final week of school, you're probably busy trying to plan some summer activities for the family. The good news is you don't have to bust your budget; we've got plenty of free and low-cost activities to make your summer memorable. 


Enjoy the sun outdoors in the parks, cool off indoors at any of the community recreation centers and mark your calendars for our special events. View our staycation guide for ideas to keep your family active and happy all summer long.

Kick off the Summer with a Movie in the Park
Friday, June 13 | 7 pm | Williams Farm Park | Presented by Checkered Flag Volkswagen

Toy Story Poster Send off the last day of school with a blast and head over to Williams Farm Park this Friday, June 13 for the first evening of our Summer Movie Night Series featuring "Toy Story." 

Activities take place prior to the movie beginning at 7 pm, including a Toy Drive - bring a clean, gently used toy to be donated to Hope House Foundation and Hope Haven Children's Home. The first 250 kids to bring a toy donation will receive a brand new Disney-themed toy in exchange.


Movie begins at sunset. Be sure to check out local eats from Keep it Poppin' Kettle Corn and Filipino food truck, Bobby-Q! #MovieInThePark

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More Upcoming Events:


Great Neck PETival | Saturday, June 14 | 10 am - 1 pm

Enjoy a carnival with games for the kids and pets too. The K-9 Unit and Mounted Patrol and other special guests will stop by, and no carnival would be complete without inflatables and snocones! Free and open to the public; no membership required. Add this event on Facebook


Seatack Recreation Center Open House | Monday, June 16 | 11 am - 2 pm

Enjoy the entire recreation center, including the weight room, gym, pool, climbing wall and game room for FREE! We'll also have a bounce house, games for kids, and grilled hot dogs for all. No membership required, so come join in the fun! Add this event on Facebook

Summer Hours for Drop-In Child Care


Please note our updated operating hours for our Drop-In Child Care beginning June 16.


Bayside Recreation Center | Age 3-8 | Mon & Wed, 5 pm - 7 pm 


Great Neck Recreation Center | Age 3-8 | Mon & Wed, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Princess Anne Recreation Center | Age 3-8 | Mon, Wed & Fri, 8:30 am - 11:30 am | Tue & Thu, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

* Due to space constraints, Kempsville, Seatack and Williams Farm Recreation Centers will not have Drop-In Child Care this summer. 

Celebrate Independence Day at Mount Trashmore Park
Friday, July 4 | 4 - 10 pm | Fireworks 9:30 pm

Firework Display Celebrate with your friends and family at our annual July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore Park! Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. Admission is free; limited onsite parking is $5. Food and drinks available for purchase. 


Main Stage Performances

4 - 6 pm | Local music band User Friendly kicks off the Independence Day celebration with their classic and modern rock covers plus heartfelt original songs. 


8:15 - 9:30 pm | Local music sensation The Deloreans is a high energy, versatile '80s cover band that will get everyone on their feet, dancing to retro classics by '80s artists like The Go-Go's, Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran, The Bangles, Huey Lewis & The News and so much more! 


Children's Activities

4 - 8 pm | Free children's activities and games, including inflatables, will be provided by Awaken Church. Mason Lodge District 56 will be making child ID cards at no cost. 



9:30 pm | Zambelli, the "First Family of Fireworks" will amaze you with their spectacular fireworks show!

Note: When parking lots at Mount Trashmore Park are full, Edwin Drive between Independence Boulevard and South Boulevard may close. Expect delays. #July4Trashmore


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Take On the Summer Reading Challenge!
Win prizes including Parks & Rec Day Passes
Family reading in parkVirginia Beach Public Library is encouraging readers of all ages to "Paws to Read" with their Summer Reading Challenge. Between June 16 and August 9 visit to register and track the books you and your family read.

Complete the challenge to win prizes; the more you read, the better your chances. Prizes for readers through age 10 include but are not limited to:

- Parks & Rec day passes, VA Aquarium passes, Botanical Garden passes, MOCA family passes, art & craft supplies and new books

Raffle prizes for readers age 10 - 18 include but are not limited to:
- Surfboard, e-readers, movie & music bundles, and rock climbing & laser tag passes

Adults can also register for the adult reading challenge for a chance to win great prizes. For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge, contact Virginia Beach Public Library at 757-385-0150 or
Youth Football & Volleyball Registration

Saturday, July 5 and Saturday, July 12 | Sites & Times Vary


Volleyball Court Organized athletics are offered through the City-Wide Athletic Office in conjunction with volunteer Recreation Associations for youth 10 years old through 18 years old and attending K-12 schools.

Youth football and volleyball registration will take place on the first two Saturdays in July: July 5 and 12. Sites and times will be posted two weeks prior to the start of registration on

Practice will begin in August and games begin in September. Recreation Associations will charge a player registration fee and the sports offered vary by area.  


Don't know which Recreation Association you belong to? Find it here.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center and administrative offices
will be closed on Friday, July 4. 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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