Recreation Center Events

​​​​​There’s more to explore at our recreation centers than just our gyms, pools and fitness rooms! We also offer a wide variety of exciting events and programs for all ages. Registration is required for some events, so sign up early to ensure you don’t miss out! Most events require a recreation center membership or day pass, unless otherwise noted.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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 April

How to Prepare Your Child for Summer Camp

Thursday,  April 19 • 6:30 - 7:30​ pm | Kempsville Rec Center
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation will be partnering with Next Steps Behavioral Center to present How to Prepare Your Child for Summer Camp: Tips & Tricks for Parents with Children on the Autism Spectrum. During the presentation, parents and guardians will receive valuable strategies and resources to assist with the exciting, but sometimes challenging, transition from the classroom to summer camp. Free Drop-In Child Care (with trained support staff) will be provided for children ages 2-12. Register online​ • Free with rec center membership; $8 non-members

Friday Free Family Movie Night

Friday,  April 20 • 6:30 - 8:30​ pm | Great Neck Rec Center
Families of all ages! Enjoy a night of laughs and fun with a monthly themed movie, games, a craft, and POPCORN! No additional cost. Showing: Ratatouille. Register online​ • Free with rec center membership or day pass.

​​Parent's Night Out​​

Friday,  April 27​ • 5:30 - 8:30​ pm | Bayside Rec Center​​
Parents are you in need of a date night, or just some time of relaxation? Well, Parent's Night Out is the perfect program for you. Enjoy a night out on the town, while your children enjoy a night of fun at the rec center. No time to figure out dinner? No worries, we have you covered. Pizza and drinks are included. Also, feel free to dress children in pajamas to make the transition to bedtime 10 times easier. All children must wear closed-toe shoes and socks in order to participate in all activities. Register online • $15; $10 for drop-in child care monthly pass holders​​​

Date Night Paint Night

Friday,  April 27​ • 6:30 - 8:30​ pm | Bow Creek Rec Center
Ages 18 & up • ​Parents! Here's an opportunity to drop the kids off and spend some time together, diving into your creative sides. Our staff will entertain the little ones while our instructor guides you in the night?s painting. We?ll provide all the supplies along with some light refreshments. All you need to bring is a smile. NO experience necessary! Please arrive 15 minutes before the class starts to have plenty of time to check in the kiddos and get settled into your seats.​ Register online​ • $14

 May

​​​​Parent's Night Out​​

Friday,  May 4​ • 5:30 - 8:30​ pm | Kempsville & Princess Anne Rec Centers
Parents are you in need of a date night, or just some time of relaxation? Well, Parent's Night Out is the perfect program for you. Enjoy a night out on the town, while your children enjoy a night of fun at the rec center. No time to figure out dinner? No worries, we have you covered. Pizza and drinks are included. Also, feel free to dress children in pajamas to make the transition to bedtime 10 times easier. All children must wear closed-toe shoes and socks in order to participate in all activities. Register online • $15; $10 for drop-in child care monthly pass holders​​

Cinco de Mayo Brunch​

Sunday,  May 6​ • 12 - 2​​ pm | Williams Farm Rec Center​
Ages 3 & up​​ • ​Families come and celebrate together in this fun, family event. Learn a few facts and enjoy the spirit of the holiday! Light food and drinks served cantina style, a family craft, piñata and dancing! Parent must register and attend with child.​​ Register online • $5​​​

Coffee with Friends​

Friday,  May 11 • 5:30 - 8:30​​ pm | Kempsville Rec Center​
Ages 12 - 17​​ • Not a Latte? to do this Friday? Come to Kempsville Recreation Center the second Friday of every month for Coffee with Friends. Customize a mug for your favorite brewed beverage and craft, catch a movie, or just hang out by the coffee bar.​ Register online • $5​​​

Meatballs with Mom

Saturday,  May 12 • 12 - 2​​ pm 
Ages 3 & up​​ • Mom's and their munchkins are in store for an afternoon of fun crafts, activities, and of course, MEATBALLS all centered around making mom feel special for Mother's Day. Register online • $10

Mother's Day Tea, Craft and Fashion Party

Saturday,  May 12 • 1 - 3​​ pm | Williams Farm Rec Center​
Ages 3 & up​​ • Join us at this parent and child program! Enjoy finger sandwiches, cookies, and while you sip on tea, tell her just how much she means to you! You will also get to make a wonderful gift to remind you of the wonderful time you shared together! Last, but not least, you will get to take home a remembrance photo of your day. Dress up for the opportunity to win the title of "Best Dressed Alike"! Parent must register and attend with child. Register online • $5​​​

Strawberry Pickin'

Friday,  May 18 • 8 am - 2​​ pm | Bow Creek Rec Center​
Ages 18 & up​​ • Let's go strawberry picking! Bring a container and money for your berries. Lunch is on your own at a local restaurant.​ Register online • $5​​​​​​​​​​

Date Night Paint Night

Friday,  May 18​​ • 6:30 - 8:30​ pm | Bow Creek Rec Center
Ages 18 & up • ​Parents! Here's an opportunity to drop the kids off and spend some time together, diving into your creative sides. Our staff will entertain the little ones while our instructor guides you in the night?s painting. We?ll provide all the supplies along with some light refreshments. All you need to bring is a smile. NO experience necessary! Please arrive 15 minutes before the class starts to have plenty of time to check in the kiddos and get settled into your seats.​ Register online​ • $14

Float-A-Rama

Sunday,  May 27 • 1 - 4​ pm | ​Great Neck Rec Center​​
Enjoy shallow and deep end floats like Submarine, Sky Totter or Space Mountain. Registration not required • Free with rec center membership or day pass.​

 June

Seatack Community Health Fair Day

Saturday,  June 2 • 10 am - 2​​ pm | Seatack Rec Center​
Join us at Seatack Recreation Center for a FREE, family fun day. Activities include bounce houses, fitness demonstrations, vendors, games, dancing, rock wall climbing, music and more!​​

A Trip to the Mermaid Factory

Tuesday,  June 12​ • 12 - 2:30​​ pm | Great Neck Rec Center​
Ages 13 & up​​ • ​Come create a unique mermaid tabletop statue, where the only limitation is your imagination. Dozens of paint colors, glitter, ribbons, tulle and more help your ideas come to life. Go for a standard beach or underwater theme, or consider something more abstract and unexpected. Register online • $25​​​

Adult Human Foosball Tournament

Saturday,  June 16​ • 11 am - 1​​ pm
Ages 18 & up​​ • ​Human Foosball is just like the table foosball we all grew up playing, except this is a real life game. Teams consisting of 1 goalie, 2 forwards & 3 mids will battle each other on our human foosball inflatable. You are just like the plastic players, you kick the ball, defend and score the goals. Team's will be created for you and the ultimate foosball team will win a prize. Snacks and beverages are provided to all players. A day pass or membership is required to participate.​ Register online • $10

Nerf Battle Extreme

Friday,  June 22​ • 6 - 8​ pm | Bow Creek Rec Center
Ages 8 - 15 • In this extreme Nerf competition you will find giant inflatables and missions to complete to become the next Nerf champion. Test your accuracy while dodging the competition. Pizza and drinks will be served after the competition. Register online • $10

Date Night Paint Night

Friday,  June 22​​ • 6:30 - 8:30​ pm | Bow Creek Rec Center
Ages 18 & up • ​Parents! Here's an opportunity to drop the kids off and spend some time together, diving into your creative sides. Our staff will entertain the little ones while our instructor guides you in the night?s painting. We?ll provide all the supplies along with some light refreshments. All you need to bring is a smile. NO experience necessary! Please arrive 15 minutes before the class starts to have plenty of time to check in the kiddos and get settled into your seats.​ Register online​ • $14

Camp Throwback - Adventure Camp for Adults

Monday - Friday,  June 25 - 29​​ • 9 am - 2​ pm | Bayside Rec Center
Ages 50 & up • ​It seems that summer camp isn't for kids anymore as more and more adults are looking for a way to escape reality and take some "me time." Unplug and reconnect yourself while making new friends. We will be taking daily excursions such as Hiking, Kayaking, Zip-lining/Obstacle Course and Golfing. Lunch, snacks and water included!​ Register online​ • $199

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