Summer Child Care Programs

Our summer child care programs will fill your child's day with fun activities, games, crafts, special events and more! Make a splash at our recreation center programs or hop, skip and jump over to our convenient school-based programs. We also have plenty of specialty camps that cater to your budding athlete, nature-lover or curious engineer! ​​​​​​​​​​
COVID-19 Update:  For the latest information, please refer to our FAQ.

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Priority Registration (online only): March 21 - 27 (current 2019/20 school year program participants and 2019 summer child care program participants)
​​​Standard Registration (online and in-person): March 28 (online registration ends May 17)
RISE Registration: TBD (in person at Parks & Rec Admin Office)

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To help you prepare for this year's program registration, we've put together some instructions that will assist you in registering for multiple weeks of our full-day programs using our online registration site. View Online Registration Guide

Online Registration Note: Participants meeting program registration requirements (by grade for the 2020/21 school year) whose age does not meet the systems requirements will need to contact Registration Management at OSTRegistration@vbgov.com ​or 757-385-0402.

 Early Childhood

Our preschool, pre-k and Kinderbuddies programs are designed to encourage play, creativity, exploration and FUN! Each week will be a different theme including age-appropriate activities, crafts, swimming and on-site special events and field trips. Participants are provided snacks however they will need to bring their lunch daily. These programs are licensed and regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services Licensing Division. 

Schedule a tour at your preferred location, call 757-385-0470 or e-mail OSTEarlychildhood@vbgov.com​ to learn more about our Licensed Early Childhood Programs. Note – Online registration is not available.

*We are still accepting registration for our licensed Early Childhood Summer Camps, but there is a very
specific process in place to do so. If you are interested in registering your child, please email ostregistration@vbgov.com for information.


  • Preschool (2.5-3.5 years of age) 
  • PreK (Rising Kindergartener)
  • Kinderbuddies (Rising 1st Grader)​
  • Dates:  June 15 – September 4
  • Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.  
  • Weekly Cost: $170* (includes a non-refundable, non-transferrable $5 registration fee and $30 deposit 
  • *A Parks & Recreation Fee Waiver is applicable for this program​​

  • Recreation Center Locations: Bow Creek, Kempsville, Princess Anne*, Williams Farm
  • *Kinderbuddies is not available at Princess Anne



How to Register for our Licensed Early Childhood Programs
  1. Meet with one of our Early Childhood Program Supervisors at Bow Creek, Kempsville, Princess Anne or Williams Farm Recreation Center. They will share program expectations, registration requirements and answer any questions you may have.
  2. Complete and return the required forms and documents detailed below to the Early Childhood Program Supervisor
  3. An OST Registration Management Representative will contact you for payment following registration approval
  4. Registration will only be confirmed after all steps above are completed. Thank You!

Important Registration Forms and Documents
Please review the Summer Registration Checklist regarding the forms and documents required for our Licensed Early Childhood Programs

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 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​School-Age

Our junior and senior programs are for rising 1st– 6th graders located in select recreation centers and Virginia Beach City Public Elementary Schools. Your child will meet new friends, challenge themselves with fun and energetic recreational activities, sports, and age-appropriate field trips. Morning and afternoon snacks and lunch are needed daily. Refrigeration and microwaves are not available at school sites. Sneakers are required to participate.

Rec Centers-WAITLISTED

These programs go on two field trips per week* and have an added bonus of amenities such as swimming pools and action-packed game rooms. A recreation center membership or a daily pass is required. *One field trip will occur week #1. No field trips will occur during week #11; an on-site special event will occur that week.

Locations: Bayside-WAITLISTED, Bow Creek-WAITLISTED, Great Neck-WAITLISTED, Kempsville-WAITLISTED and Princess Anne-WAITLISTED
Hours: 7 am – 6 pm
Dates: June 15 – August 28
Weekly Cost: $153 (includes a non-refundable, non-transferrable $5 registration fee and $30 deposit​)

Items needed: Participants will need a morning and afternoon snack and lunch, swimming attire and sneakers.  A rec center membership or day pass is required.

​KidzQuest  

These programs go on one field trip per week* and are located in select Virginia Beach City Public Elementary Schools. A recreation center membership or a daily pass is not required. *No field trip will occur week #1. No field trip will occur during week #11; an on-site special event will occur that week.

  • 8-week Locations (June 15 - August 7): Kings Grant-WAITLISTED (juniors),  Red Mill-WAITLISTED (juniors), Three Oaks-WAITLISTED (juniors), Salem, Centerville
  • 10-week Locations (June 15 - August 21): Christopher Farms-WAITLISTED, Windsor Woods-WAITLISTED (juniors)Kempsville Meadows-WAITLISTED (seniors)
  • 11-week Locations (June 15 - August 28): Kempsville-WAITLISTED & Rosemont Forest-WAITLISTED (juniors)
    • Hours: 7 am – 6 pm

Weekly Cost: $104 (includes a non-refundable, non-transferrable $5 registration fee and $10 deposit​)

Important Registration Requirements

Juniors rising 1st – 3rd grader | Seniors rising 4th – 6th grader

  • A Summer Registration Form completed by a parent/legal guardian
    • Legal Documentation for legal guardians
    • Original Birth Certificate, current school entrance immunization and physical record copies are required for participants who do not attend a Virginia Beach City Public School
    • A non-refundable, non-transferrable weekly registration fee and deposit is due at registration. The remaining balance is due according to the summer payment schedule.

How to Register

  • Registration is available online until May 17th
    • Required Registration forms and documents must be received by May 31st to complete their registration. If we do not receive these required documents, your child will be withdrawn and unable to attend 
  • In-person registration is available at any Virginia Beach Recreation and required registration forms and documents are due at the time of registration.​

 Middle School & Teens

 
These fun and energetic programs are located in select recreation centers and Virginia Beach City Public Middle Schools. Your child will meet new friends, challenge themselves with recreational activities, sports and exciting field trips. Morning and afternoon snacks and lunch are needed daily. Refrigeration and microwaves are not available at school sites. Sneakers are required to participate.

​Middle School Mania

These programs begin June 22nd (week #2), go on two field trips per week* and are located in select Virginia Beach City Public Middle Schools. A recreation center membership or daily pass is not required. *One field trip will occur week #2. No field trips will occur during week #11; an on-site special event will occur that week.​

  • 9-week Location (June 22 – August 21): Brandon Middle
  • 10-week Location (June 22 – August 28): Larkspur Middle-WAITLISTED
    • Hours: 7 am – 6 pm
    • Weekly Cost: $109 (includes a non-refundable, non-transferrable $5 registration fee and $10 deposit)

*​​Items needed: Participants will need a morning and afternoon snack and lunch and sneakers.

​​ Teen | WAITLISTED

These programs go on three field trips per week* and have an added bonus of amenities such as swimming pools and action-packed game rooms. A recreation center membership or daily pass is required. *Two field trips will occur week #1. No field trip will occur during week #11; an on-site special event will occur that week.​

  • 10-week Locations (June 15 – August 21): Great Neck-WAITLISTED & Kempsville Recreation Centers-WAITLISTED
  • 11-week Locations (June 15 – August 28): Bayside-WAITLISTED & Princess Anne Recreation Centers-WAITLISTED
    • Hours: 7 am – 6 pm
    • Weekly Cost: $163 (includes a non-refundable, non-transferrable $5 registration fee and $30 deposit​)​

Important Registration Requirements

Middle School Mania rising 6th – 9th grader | Teen rising 7th – 9th grader

  • A Summer Registration Form completed by a parent/legal guardian
    • Legal Documentation for legal guardians
    • Original Birth Certificate, current school entrance immunization and physical record copies are required for participants who do not attend a Virginia Beach City Public School
  • A non-refundable, non-transferrable weekly registration fee and deposit is due at registration. The remaining balance is due according to the summer payment schedule.

How to Register

  • Registration is available online until May 17th
    • Required Registration forms and documents must be received by May 31st to complete their registration. If we do not receive these required documents, your child will be withdrawn and unable to attend 
  • In-person registration is available at any Virginia Beach Recreation and required registration forms and documents are due at the time of registration.​

 RISE

Recreation Imagination Socialization Education: Summer Education Enrichment Program

While our office remains closed to the general public, we have an alternate registration process for our 2020 Summer RISE Enrichment Program. In order for us to determine program eligibility for your child, please review the 2020 Summer RISE Enrichment Packet, complete the application and submit it along with any required documents to OSTRegistration@vbgov.com. Online access will be granted upon receipt of your child’s application and required documentation confirming program eligibility. The registration deadline is June 12. 

Program Dates: June 22 – August 21 | 7a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday *no program 7/3
Elementary School Locations:
Diamond Springs & Brookwood (current Kindergarten or 1st grader)
Newtown & Brookwood (current 2nd or 3rd grader)
B.F. Williams & Brookwood (current 4th or 5th grader)

Program Cost: $215 ($55 non-refundable, non-transferrable registration fee and deposit due at registration; the remaining balance is due by June 5)

Our summer R.I.S.E. program will provide fun, hands-on experimental, project-based learning through four avenues: (R)ecreation, (I)magination, (S)ocialization, (E)ducation and attend weekly field trips on Fridays. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided daily. Participants will need to bring a morning and afternoon snack. 

Please note: RISE is a nine-week summer education enrichment program and your child will participate in all academic enrichment and recreational activities each day. We require notification in writing prior to the program beginning of any dates that may conflict with the attendance requirement. Failure to do so may result in removal from the program and/or elements of this program.

Eligibility Requirements: Participants must currently be a Virginia Beach City Public School Student (grades K – 5) and receive free or reduced lunch or have an approved Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Fee Waiver. You can apply and/or obtain a copy of your child's FARL by logging into your child’s school café account https://www.schoolcafe.com/virginiabeachcps, e-mailing the Office of Food Services at vbfoods@vbschools.com or calling the Office of Food Services at 757-263-1101.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by e-mail as our offices remain closed at this time. We are working remotely, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 ​Sports & Specialty

  • Priority Registration is available to any participant who is registered in our school year 2019/20 and summer 2019 programs and can register online only March 21-27, 2020. Standard Registration (online and in-person) begins March 28, 2020.​
  • All participants must have a valid recreation center membership or a day pass to participate and a completed and processed Summer Registration Form. Camp T-shirt is provided.
  • The authorized pickup must be on-site and ready to sign-out their child out with a valid ID at the end of the scheduled camp time.​

Sports Camps


Baseball Camp-CANCELED 
Ages 6-12 | Focus on the five tools of baseball: hitting, throwing, catching, base running and pitching. Improving any of the five will take your game to the next level. Athletic clothing, sun protection, and closed-toe athletic footwear and towel required. In the event of inclement weather, we will move inside the Princess Anne Community Recreation Center. Recreation Center membership is not required. Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • July 27 - July 31 | 9 a.m. – noon | Princess Anne Recreation Center | $125



Basketball Camp-CANCELED 
Ages 6-12 | Enhance your basketball skills over the summer break. Shooting, ball-handling, defense, footwork, rebounding and other basketball-related drills will be covered in the fun play-to-learn environment. Camp will be conducted by Mark Butts of First Colonial Boys Basketball Team. Athletic clothing and closed-toe athletic footwear required.  Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • July 6 - July 10 | 9 a.m. – noon | Princess Anne Recreation Center | $125
  • July 20 - July 24 | 9 a.m. – noon | Williams Farm Recreation Center | $125
  • August 3 - August 7  | 9 a.m. – noon | Kempsville Recreation Center | $125 



​Junior Golf Camp
Ages 8-12 | Learn the fundamentals of golf - swing, pitching, chipping, and putting in a fun environment. Each day is filled with practice, games and a little competition. Camp includes range balls, clubs if needed, awards and a completion certificate. Athletic clothing, sun protection, and closed-toe athletic footwear required.  Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • July 6 - July 10 | 9 a.m. – noon | Kempsville Recreation Center | $125



Lil Lacrosse Camp-CANCELED 
Ages 5-9 | Cox Lacrosse Team members will coach the basics of Lacrosse and teach skills in teamwork and leadership. Play games and make new friends while learning a new sport. Lacrosse sticks and balls are provided. Athletic clothing, sun protection, and closed-toe athletic footwear required. Recreation Center membership is not required. Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • August 10 - August 14 | 9 a.m. – noon | Great Neck Recreation Center | $125



Nerf Games, Sports & More Camp-CANCELED 
Ages 6-12 | Enjoy participating in Nerf games, basketball, football, Pickleball, swimming and much more.  Athletic clothing and closed-toe athletic footwear required. Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • July 13 - July 17 | 9 a.m. – noon | Bow Creek Recreation Center | $125 



Rock IT Adventure & More Camp-CANCELED 
Ages 6-12 | Spend the week participating in top-rope climbing, swimming, gym games and creating fantastic pieces of art. Team building and self-confidence will certainly be achieved this week! Athletic clothing and closed-toe athletic footwear required. Breakfast and lunch included.

  • August 24 - 28 | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Seatack Recreation Center | $210



Tennis Camp
Ages vary by week | This USTA-sponsored tennis camp will help new and novice participants develop tennis fundamentals (e.g. groundstrokes, volley, serve) through a fun play-to-learn style of learning. Practice match play and learn sportsmanship and game rules. Different court sizes and modified tennis equipment help youth to rally in no time. Notes: Racquets provided but you may bring your own. Athletic clothing, sun protection, and closed-toe athletic footwear and towel required. In the event of inclement weather, we will move inside the Great Neck Community Recreation Center. Recreation Center membership is not required. Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • July 27 - July 31 (ages 7-10) | 9 a.m. – noon | Great Neck Recreation Center | $125 | WAITLISTED
  • August 3 - August 7 (ages 11-14) | 9 a.m. – noon | Great Neck Recreation Center | $125



Specialty Camps 


Back 2 Nature Camp-WAITLISTED
Ages 6-11 | Get the kids outside this summer to experience the best Virginia Beach has to offer! Each day is filled with engaging outdoor recreational activities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking and archery as well as games and crafts. Campers will travel to various parks and natural areas across the city to gain hands-on knowledge of our local surroundings, respect for wildlife, and an understanding of the importance of environmental stewardship. Drop-off available beginning at 8:00 a.m.

  • July 13 - July 17 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Princess Anne Recreation Center | $205 WAITLISTED
  • August 10 - August 14 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Great Neck Recreation Center | $205 | WAITLISTED




Camp MEdia-CANCELED
Age: Rising 7th graders-Rising 9th graders | Is your middle school student interested in the digital media field? Camp MEdia provides a hands-on opportunity for your middle school student to learn the fundamentals of audio recording, photography and videography. *Limited space is available. (Max 8 participants)

  • August 10 - August 14 | 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Williams Farm Recreation Center | $50 


Creative Arts Camp-CANCELED 
Ages 6-12 | Take the opportunity to explore the world of painting and drawing with imagination and creativity. Activities gear around painting and drawing techniques. Who knows where the next Picasso will emerge. Introduction to painting and drawing techniques and methods will get you in touch with your artistic side. Build self-confidence and self-esteem through expression. Led by Instructor Debra McCommons.  Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • July 6 - July 10 | 9 a.m. – noon | Bow Creek Recreation Center | $125



Creative Arts Camp w/ Swimming-CANCELED 
Ages 6-12 | Use your creative side to explore the world of art, using your imagination and creativity. Activities include crafts, painting and drawing techniques. Who knows, maybe the next Picasso, Vincent van Gogh or Georgia O'Keeffe will emerge! You will be introduced to different techniques and methods while getting in touch with your artistic side. Other activities will include games and swimming! Athletic clothing and closed-toe athletic footwear required. Bring a water bottle, lunch and 2 snacks each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • July 13-July 17 | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Williams Farm Recreation Center | $210​​ 



Digital Ecology Camp-CANCELED
Ages: Rising 7th graders-Rising 9th graders | Get the kids outside this summer to experience Virginia Beach through the lens of a photographer-videographer! Each day will be filled with unique and engaging outdoor recreational activities to be captured in digital format using cameras furnished by the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Department.  Campers will travel to various city parks and natural areas, which will allow campers to gain hands-on knowledge of our local surroundings, respect for wildlife, and an understanding of the importance of stewardship of the marine environment. At the end of the week, campers will have made a digital portfolio of the coastal marine ecology as well as local plants and wildlife. *Limited Space Available (Max 8 participants)

  • July 20 - July 24 | 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  | Williams Farm Recreation Center | $50


Last Blast Camp 
Ages 6-12 | It's not over yet! Spend the last week before going back to school getting in some last-minute fun! Campers will spend half the day in the gym playing sports and games and the other half will be spent having fun with crafts, visits to the game room, and creative projects. Athletic clothing and closed-toe athletic footwear required. Bring a water bottle, lunch and 2 snacks each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • August 17 - August 21 | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Bayside, Bow Creek, Great Neck, and Kempsville Recreation Center | $210 *Kempsville and Bow Creek are WAITLISTED



Lego Camp-CANCELED 
Ages 6-12 | This is a STEM program that partners with the "Play-Well Group" and is designed to give youth the opportunity to use their imaginations and creativity while gaining valuable skills in the following areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Build lifelong skills while making new friends! Each day campers build upon the skills they learned the previous day. Other activities include sports, games and swim time! Athletic clothing and closed-toe athletic footwear required. Bring a water bottle, lunch and 2 snacks each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • August 17 - August 21 | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Williams Farm Recreation Center | $255 



Lego Camp: City Builders-CANCELED 
Ages 6-12 | Design and build the city of dreams using a colossal collection of 10,000 Lego bricks. Aspiring engineers will engage in an instructional and creative building while collaborating as a team. This experience will boost confidence and creativity. Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • July 20 - July 24 | 9 a.m. – noon | Great Neck Recreation Center | $125



Magic & More Camp WAITLISTED
Ages 6-12 | Learn amazing magic tricks from professional magician Rob Westcott​ while building self-confidence in a fun, learning environment. Magic wand and case provided. New magic tricks are demonstrated and taught each day. Perform the tricks and skills learned, in a Magic Show for family and friends! Previous participants will learn new magic tricks. Magic Camp meets 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Games, crafts, swimming, and other fun activities will fill the rest of the day. Bring a water bottle, lunch and 2 snacks each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • August 31 - September 4 | 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Princess Anne Recreation Center | $290 | WAITLISTED



Magic Camp-CANCELED 
Ages 6-12 | Learn amazing magic tricks from professional magician Rob Westcott while building self-confidence in a fun, learning environment. Magic wand and case provided. New magic tricks are demonstrated and taught each day. Perform the tricks and skills learned, in a Magic Show for family and friends! Previous participants will learn new magic tricks. Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • July 6 - July 10 | 9 a.m. – noon | Bayside Recreation Center | $145 
  • July 27 - July 31 | 9 a.m. – noon | Kempsville Recreation Center | $145




World of Fashion Camp II-CANCELED 
Ages 10-17 | Dive into the World of Fashion II where we will cut, design, and sew the entire 5 days. We get behind a sewing machine to design fun and creative pieces to wear or give as a gift, making fabric selections, understanding measurements and proper cutting techniques. The final day will include a field trip to a sewing studio to learn firsthand what a day in the life of a real designer looks like! Bring a water bottle and snack each day. Non-perishable and peanut-free is highly recommended.

  • August 3 - August 7 | 9 a.m. – noon | Bayside Recreation Center | $125​​​​​

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 Payment, Refund & Cancellation Policy

Payment, Refund & Cancellation Policy

Most of our programs and camps require a non-refundable, non-transferrable registration fee and/or deposit at registration. The remaining balances are due according to the dates indicated on the program-specific payment schedules below. Break camps are due in full at the time of registration. Please note any past due balances must be paid in full before you can register.​​

If the remaining balance is not received by the due dates indicated on the payment schedules above, your child will be withdrawn from that session, week or sport & specialty camp.​ Please refer to the payment policy indicated on the appropriate payment schedule. Refund and Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing by a parent/legal guardian at least 7 days prior to the start date to be eligible for a refund. Registration fees and deposits are non-refundable, non-transferrable. Requests submitted less than 7 days but prior to the start date are eligible for 50% of a refund. Approved refunds will be processed back to the payer and the payment method used to pay.

  • Cash refunds are subject to availability of funds at any recreation center
  • Check refunds can take up to 30 days to be received
  • Credit Card refunds should post within 2-3 days of being processed ​​​

Contact Information 

OST Registration Management 
6:30am – 6:30pm, Monday – Friday (phone payments accepted from 6:30am – 5:30pm)
(757) 385-0402 (757) 471.2330 (Fax) 
OSTRegistration@vbgov.com​​​​​​​​​
Contact Information