YOU are at the heart of what we do, so in honor of National Parks and Recreation Month this July, let's celebrate -- 1980s-style! Tag your photos at our events with #VBParksRec for a chance to win an awesome Parks & Rec t-shirt or swag bag!
July 4th Celebration
Saturday, July 4 | 4 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park
Celebrate America’s independence with live music by local musicians, delicious foods, and of course, booming fireworks! $5 parking fee
Sunday Funday at Mount Trashmore
Sunday, July 26 | 12 - 3 pm | Mount Trashmore Par
kGather your family and friends for some laid-back fun at Mount Trashmore Park! Games and activities for all ages! Bring blankets and beach chairs to get comfortable while enjoying music and delicious foods available for purchase from the Eat the Streets 757 Food Trucks!
Summer Movie Night: "Frozen"
Friday, July 31 | 7 - 10 pm | Mount Trashmore Park
Enjoy a movie under the stars! Bring blankets and beach chairs to get comfortable and watch a movie on the big screen. Concessions will be available for purchase. Presented by Checkered Flag Toyota
Ice Cream Socials
Throughout July | Stop in for a tour of the recreation center on the dates below and enjoy a free ice cream!
Wednesday, July 1 | 4-6 pm | Great Neck Recreation Center
Wednesday, July 8 | 4-6 pm | Bow Creek Recreation Center
Wednesday, July 15 | 4-6 pm | Bayside & Princess Anne Recreation Centers
Wednesday, July 22 | 4-6 pm | Williams Farm Recreation Center
Wednesday, July 29 | 4-6 pm | Seatack Recreation Center
Throwback Thursdays at VB Rec Centers
Every Thursday in July | Enjoy all of the amenities of our recreation centers with throwback pricing! Purchase a day pass for just $1! Must be used on day of purchase.
We're also offering $2 one-hour group fitness classes on Thursdays in July at all of our rec centers. Get fit for less with Throwback Thursdays! Membership or day pass required.
Gnarly '80s Party
Thursday, July 30 | 12 - 2 pm | Bow Creek Rec Center
Ages 6-13 | Celebrate '80s style with old school Nickelodeon Double Dare fun! Crazy contests and challenges will offer all a chance to compete for the title of Gnarly Double Dare Champion. Battle in the pool, game room and gym and be prepared to get messy! Day pass or membership needed; no additional cost.
RIGHTEOUS OUTDOOR PLAY
Tuesdays in July | 5:30 - 8 pm | PAAC
Come out to Princess Anne Athletic Complex for some friendly competition! In partnership with Backyard Sports, families (ages 10 & up) can team up to compete in wiffle ball, kickball, and short-sided soccer. We are also excited to introduce a new sport - bubble soccer
- for ages 14-17 and 18 & up. Other yard games such as cornhole will be available for play as well. Registration will begin at 5:30 and games start at 6 pm. Save time and pre-register online!
Fishin' Fridays at Little Island Fishing Pier
Every Friday in July | Pay for one fishing pier entrance fee ($8) and get a second entrance for free!
BOGO Kayak Rentals at Munden Point Park
Each Weekday in July | Rent a kayak at Munden Point Park for one hour ($12) and receive a second hour free!
Full Moon Paddle at Stumpy Lake
Wednesday, July 1 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm | Stumpy Lake Natural Area | $20
Ages 12 & up | Stumpy Lake is known for its serene setting, unique trees and abundant wildlife sightings. Paddle with us to view the sunset, moonrise and have a truly unforgettable experience. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Wear water appropriate clothing and footwear. Tandem kayaks (max weight 500 lbs per boat), paddles and life jackets will be provided. Advance registration is required for this program. Register in person at any recreation center, or register online via EZreg using your barcode and PIN.
Boat Launch Specials
Saturday, July 11 & Saturday, July 25 | Lynnhaven Boat Ramp
The first 10 boat launches on these dates are free! Also, each customer who purchases a daily launch at the boat ramp will be entered for a chance to win an Annual Launch Pass for 2016! Drawing will be conducted at the end of the month.
Dogs Day Out! Dog Park Open Houses
Saturday, July 11 | Bayville Farms & Red Wing Parks
Saturday, July 25 | Woodstock Park
Bring your pooch for free entrance into the dog park! Please bring proof of rabies shots and City dog license to obtain your pass from the park office.
Virginia Beach Urban Forestry Tree Walk
Saturday, July 11 | 9 - 10:30 am | West Neck Natural Area
Join us for a fun tree walk at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. We’ll focus on sharing stories and identification characteristics related to the beautiful trees located in the area formerly known as the Princess Anne Courthouse. Ed Bradley and Susan French will be your tour guides for this free walk (total distance is about one mile). Sign up by calling (757) 385-4461.
Skate Games at the Farm
Friday, July 17 | 11 am - 4 pm | Williams Farm Skate Park
Skaters of all ages can challenge their friends to games of S.K.A.T.E., Stack It, Best Trick and more for prizes and bragging rights. Williams Farm Skate Park is free and open to the public, but a free Skate Park Pass and helmet are required for entry.
Kayak Tour of Crab Creek
Saturday, July 18 | 9 - 11 am | Crab Creek | $20
Ages 12 & up |
Join us as we explore one of Virginia Beach's many waterways. We'll launch from Lynnhaven Boat & Beach Facility and paddle this beautiful portion of the Lynnhaven River. You'll be able to view Pleasure House Point from the water. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Wear water appropriate clothing and footwear. Tandem kayaks (max weight 500 lbs per boat), paddles and life jackets will be provided. Advance registration is required for this program. Register in person at any recreation center, or register online via EZreg using your barcode and PIN.
Therapeutic Recreation: Surf-N-Fun in July
Saturday, July 18 | 11 am - 3 pm | Pendleton Beach | $20
This program is offered for individuals with disabilities only. Join the Therapeutic Recreation staff for an afternoon of surf and fun. Instruction will take place at the Pendleton surfing area. Each surfer will receive a 30 minute time slot in which their lessons will occur. Surfboards will be provided; waves not guaranteed.
Target Population(s): moderate & mild levels of intellectual disability, learning disabilities, low to high functioning levels of Autism, moderate behavioral/emotional disorders, ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, visual, hearing or physical disabilities.
Staff to Participant Ratio: 3:1 each surfer will have at least 3 staff with them in the water
Participants must have a desire to participate.
Advance registration is required for this program. Register in person at any recreation center, or register online via EZreg using your barcode and PIN.
LIKE TOTALLY FREE FITNESS DAYS
Family Dance Party at Mount Trashmore
Friday, July 10 | 6 - 8 pm | Mount Trashmore Park
Join us for a night of dance party fun! Zumba® and MixxedFit® will be coming together on one stage. Feel the Latin Flavor with Zumba® - a high intensity workout that is a fusion of the spicy flavors of Latin and International rhythms designed to get your heart pumping and your feet moving. Then get ready for that Hip Hop flavor with MixxedFit®. MixxedFit® is a dance fitness program performed to your favorite songs on the radio. It is the perfect blend of explosive dancing and bootcamp style toning. Bring the kids to get in on the fun at this free event!
Free Fitness Class: Outdoor TRX®
Saturday, July 18 | 10 - 11 am | Bayville Farms Park
Train like the Navy Seals! Experience a demanding total body workout utilizing the TRX® Suspension Trainer to develop strength, flexibility and core stability in beautiful Bayville Farms Park. TRX® is a fast and effective workout that will get the heart pounding while torching calories.
Free Fitness Class: Sunrise Yoga
Sunday, July 19 | 6:30 - 7:30 am | Great Neck Park
Experience yoga in the peaceful beauty of the outdoors in Great Neck Park. Regain mobility through gentle stretching, balancing and strengthening poses. Simple breathing and relaxation techniques will help lower stress and quite the mind in the great outdoors. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Free Fitness Class: Outdoor Boot Camp
Friday, July 31 | 6 - 7 pm | Red Wing Park
Get out of the gym for this awesome cross training class at Red Wing Park. Test your mettle as you move through intervals of cardio, plyometrics and high intensity interval training drills.
SUPER TUBULAR WATER FUN
Movie in the Pool: "E.T."
Friday, July 17 | 6 - 8 pm | Princess Anne Recreation Center
Take your movie going experience to new depths - in the pool! Day pass or membership required; no additional cost.
"I Love the 80s" Sprayground Party
Saturday, July 18 | 2 - 4 pm | Williams Farm Recreation Center
Walk down memory lane with some outdoor 80s inspired games and our totally awesome blend of 80s classic jams and remakes by current artists. Legit fun to be had by all! Day pass or membership required; no additional cost.
Sunday, July 19 | 1 - 4 pm | Princess Anne Recreation Center
It’s a day of huge, fun floats that are so big the pool is devoted just to them! Enjoy Sky Totter, Space Mountain and many more floats. Day pass or membership needed; no additional cost.