Virtual Rec Center

Welcome to the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Virtual Rec Center! Find cool and interactive resources for all ages, and continue to check back for more as we are continuously updating our virtual offerings.
COVID-19 Update:  As of Monday, July 6, all 7 recreation centers are open. For the latest information, please visit VBgov.com/reopen or refer to our FAQ.

Hidden Treasures Northern Water SnakeHidden Treasures Video Series 

Virginia Beach is full of natural hidden treasures, and we've got some experts on our team who can share their secrets with you. Check out our Hidden Treasures video series featuring unique flora and fauna tucked within our city that you might not have ever realized existed. Learn More

​Activities For Everyone

 Fitness & Wellness

​A stay at home order is no excuse to ignore fitness goals! If you haven’t already, be sure to join our Facebook community for fitness & wellness. Our fitness instructors continue to diligently offer classes, now in an online format. Whether you enjoy dancing with a Zumba class, relaxing with Chair Yoga, or if you are looking for a Silver Sneakers format, we have it all! Check out additional resources below for kid-friendly exercise options, the latest from Les Mills and more.  

Parks & Rec Workouts







Fitness for Kids 


Les Mills Workouts








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 Water Safety Tips & Instruction

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death in children ages 1 to 14, and many of these tragedies are preventable with the proper instruction and learned techniques. Living in a place like Virginia Beach where there is such an abundance of access to waterways, it’s a vital skill that every child should know. Here are some easy ways to learn water safety at home.

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Indoor Swim Lessons

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 Childrens Games & Activities

Welcome to the Children's Corner of the Parks & Recreation Virtual Recreation center! Here you will find activities, fun recipes, educational resources, audio stories and things to do for your child.

Children's Fitness & Dance Party presented by MYLA

*MYLA is short for Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action and is a youth-led program that exists to be a positive force in the community through leadership, service, education, and representation. Learn more about MYLA.

In this video, Katie and Bella from MYLA host a virtual dance party for children.
Space Fitness for Early Childhood
In this video, Nina from MYLA demonstrates Space inspired Fitness exercises for early childhood.
Space Fitness for Elementary
In this video, Amiya from MYLA demonstrates Space inspired fitness exercises for elementary.
Olympics Fitness
In this video, Victoria from MYLA demonstrates Olympics inspired fitness exercises.















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MYLA DIY Crafts

Picasso Inspired Craft by Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action
Super Heroes Craft by Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action
Wild West Craft by Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action













Storytime with MYLA Teens 

Picasso Story Time by Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action
Super Hero Story Time by Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action
Wild West Story Time by Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action










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Join Virginia Beach Public Libraries for a Virtual Activity & Storytime

Ms. Diane bakes World Peace Cookies with her preschooler. Baking with your child brings early literacy to the kitchen!
Virtual Combined Preschool Storytime with Ms. Athena
Join Ms. Athena for a storytime that builds letter recognition and activities that support independence and confidence building.





















Healthy Food Fun for Kids














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Family Fun Challenges

​Looking for things to do at home during lockdown? We’ve got you covered with some fun activities and challenges for the whole family guaranteed to provide laughter, foster friendly competition, and bring you closer together. 












 Teen Lounge

​Being a teen during the time of COVID-19 certainly has unique challenges, but there are plenty of things to keep you on survival mode by being productive, active and an engaged member of the community!   

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MYLA Challenge & Quarantine Survival Guide

The Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action (MYLA) challenge you to TRY SOMETHING NEW. To participate, add a picture of you trying something new to Instagram and use the hashtag #MYLAQuarantineChallenge or tag @myla_vb. Need some inspiration? Check out the MYLA Quarantine Survival Guide for ideas and to see some of the fun activities that MYLA participants have done during the quarantine. 



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Kellam High Senior/MYLA Member Uses Prom Money to Help Elderly

Emma Boone is a member of our Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action (MYLA) pro-gram and recently became a shining example on how to promote the values of service and volunteerism. Boone and other volunteers have found ways to spread kindness amidst the health crisis by using their prom and spring break money to shop for elderly neighbors. Read More


Connectedness and How-To Videos


COVID-19 Connectedness Project 

We asked teens to tell us how COVID-19 has affected their lives, check out what they had to say.

Tre, an audio expert at Williams Farm Teen Media studio, demonstrates how to make music using Soundtrap.
In this video, Tre demonstrates the basics of recording and production techniques.















                   

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Our Top 5 COVID-19 TikToks To Get You Through

We obviously could not get through this survival guide without linking some COVID-19 themed TikToks! 










 Therapeutic Recreation

Our Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation programs connect individuals with specials needs and their families. We also promote awareness of disabilities, diversity and acceptance.  During this especially challenging time, we strive to continue being a resource for our community through virtual programming and other ways to support individuals and families. We are here to help guide you during this crisis.  Stay connected and join our Facebook group.

girl holding childVirginia Beach Parks and Rec. employee helps kids, people with disabilities understand COVID-19 
Understanding what is happening in the world is difficult for anyone, but for kids and people with disabilities, it can be especially tough. Jordan Vaughan is an employee with the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department and works with people who have disabilities. She said she wanted to help those people comprehend the COVID-19 pandemic better. View her social stories below and read the full article here

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Social Stories 



Virtual Programs


Weekly Programs

Social Hour | September 11 – October 30 
Friday 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ages 14+ | This 8-week virtual "Social Hour" program provides the opportunity for participants to participate in a virtual environment to connect with their peers. Staff will facilitate social conversations and chats to allow participants to work on socialization skills while getting to engage with their peers who they haven't seen for a while. Discussion topics could range from leisure activities they have been doing during their time away from the program (activities), how they are dealing with the current situation, and interactive games will be played. • FREE







Lil’ Lunch Bunch | September 14 – October 5
Monday 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ages 5-14 | This 4-week virtual program provides the opportunity for participants to participate in a virtual environment to connect with their peers during lunch as they would get to do in a cafeteria at school. The Supervisor (host) will facilitate social conversations and chats to allow participants to work on socialization skills while getting to engage with their peers. Discussion topics could range from leisure activities, school subjects covered that day, how they are dealing with the current situation, offer ideas of activities they can do at home, and interactive games can be played. The program offered on Monday afternoons. • FREE






Chair One Fitness | September 14 – October 23  
Mon., Wed., & Fri. 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ages 22+ | This virtual program is designed for individuals of all ability levels to engage in seated fitness activities to ensure they remain progressive in daily function. This program delivers a fun, musically driven, interactive, full-body workout that uplifts people through dance and fitness movements. It is a class for all abilities. Each participant will need to have access to a chair without wheels or a wheelchair with brakes. Instruction provided by a Certified Chair One Instructor. • $35





S’Cool Club | September 14 – November 4 
*Single program(s) $10 each OR Bundle program (all 5 days) $40
  • Juniors (ages 5–14) | Monday-Friday 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Seniors (ages 15–21) | Monday-Friday 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday: The Arts | Tuesday: Move & Groove | Wednesday: Experiments @ Home | Thursday: Fit & Fun | Friday: Games & Puzzles

This virtual program series provides participants the opportunity to participate in fun after school activities in a safe, socially distant way. Participants can register for all days of the series or just ones that they are interested in - if interested in all days register for the S'Cool Club Bundle for a discount. Tuesdays will focus on exploring gross motor movement through both structured and free dances and exercises. Participants will follow a warm-up, learn skills performed while standing and seated, and develop their movement terminology. • $40





Virtual Ability Builders | September 14 – November 4
Monday & Wednesday • 9:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. 
Ages 22+ | This virtual program is an opportunity for participants to work on developing and practicing new skills. Skills can include but are not limited to physical functioning (fine motor & gross motor skills), cognitive skills (such as brain teasers and puzzles), mental health and mindfulness, and social skills. The day would be made up of different classes with a 10-minute break in between. An example schedule = 9:30-10 Craft, 10:10-10:40 Leisure Ed, 10:50-11:20 Fitness, 11:30-12 Brain Games. Participants would not necessarily have individual goals being tracked for progress, but all activities will be goal-oriented and purposefully chosen. • $80





Wandering Wilderness | September 14 – November 11
Monday 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Ages 12 + | This 8-week virtual "Nature" program provides the opportunity for participants to participate in a virtual environment to connect with their peers while learning about the vast natural areas Virginia Beach has to offer. Participants will engage with their peers while they gain knowledge about local waterways, green spaces, and parks. The host will provide video on the water (kayaking, paddle boarding), on trails, and in parks throughout Virginia Beach to give participants a guided tour and different perspective. The host will facilitate conversations to allow participants to work on socialization skills and discussion topics could range from parks that they have been to, outdoor adventures they have taken, or just gaining new activity ideas to take part in within our very own community. • $25





Lunch Bunch | September 15 – October 6 
Tuesday 12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
Ages 22+ | This 4-week virtual program provides the opportunity for participants to participate in a virtual environment to connect with their peers during lunch as they would get to do in person. The Supervisor (host) will facilitate social conversations and chats to allow participants to work on socialization skills while getting to engage with their peers. Discussion topics could range from leisure activities, plans for the day, how they are dealing with the current situation, offer ideas of activities they can do at home, and interactive games can be played. The program offered on Tuesday afternoons. • FREE





Fit and Motion | September 15 – November 5 
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ages 10+ | This 8-week virtual Fitness Program takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to - 6:30 p.m. The program will cover strength and cardiovascular endurance training. The strength portions will be using mostly bodyweight exercises, but some weight exercises will be incorporated (supervisors will give alternatives if participants don’t have dumbbells or free weights). Program supervisors will be facilitating and leading the participants through the workouts at a steady introductory pace. Each workout will have coinciding visuals that can be emailed out to parents/guardians so participants can have a visual schedule to follow along with as well as the instructor video guide. • $48





Chair One Fitness | September 16 – October 22 
Wednesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Ages 13+ | This virtual program is designed for individuals of all ability levels to engage in seated fitness activities to ensure they remain progressive in daily function. This program delivers a fun, musically driven, interactive, full-body workout that uplifts people through dance and fitness movements. It is a class for all abilities. Each participant will need to have access to a chair without wheels or a wheelchair with brakes. Instruction provided by a Certified Chair One Instructor. • $25






Brain Busters | September 18 – November 16  
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
This virtual program is designed for individuals of all ability levels to engage in a series of brain games. These activities can include but are not limited to riddles, brainteasers, memory games, rebus puzzles, virtual escape rooms, and game show questions. The program will be led through Zoom, allowing participants to interact with each other and staff throughout the session. The program will meet online once per week on Fridays. • $5






Art at Home: Let’s Draw | September 22 – October 27 
Tuesday • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages 22+ | This program is an opportunity for individuals of varying abilities to engage in a series of drawing lessons and activities. The program will be led through Zoom, allowing participants to interact with each other and staff throughout the drawing process. The program will meet online once per week on Tuesdays. Each week, participants will need access to paper, a pencil, a good eraser, and coloring utensils of their choosing (e.g., crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, etc.). • $15





Arts at Home: DIY Crafts | September 24 – October 29
Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Ages 22+ | This program is an opportunity for individuals of all abilities to engage in a series of DIY (Do It Yourself) projects utilizing materials that may be found around the home. The program will be led through Zoom to allow for participants to interact with each other and staff throughout the creating process. The program will meet online once per week on Thursdays. The craft and needed supplies will be sent out through email prior to starting the session. • $15





Special Events

Lip Sync Battle | Friday, September 25 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Ages 8+ | This free special event is family-focused and offers participants an opportunity for some friendly competition with their friends and family. During registration, families will be asked to "recommend" a song for the night's playlist. At the event, when their recommendation plays, they will lip-sync. Families are encouraged to get everyone involved in their act. Feel free to choreograph a dance/movement routine, rock out on our virtual "stage", or just sing along to your favorite song. • FREE





Bingo Bonanza | Friday, October 23 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. 
Ages 5+ | This free special event is family-focused and offers participants the opportunity to enjoy a night of socializing while playing Bingo. The number of rounds played will depend on the number of registered participants. Each person who wishes to participate needs to register individually in order to receive the right number of bingo cards. The final round will be played using a "Build Your Own" Bingo Board that participants will make at the beginning of the program. • FREE





Book Buddies (ages 4–12) this event is Free 
*registration is for individual 30 min. sessions* 
  • Mondays September 14 – October 5 | 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 11 a.m. 
  • Tuesdays September 15 – October 6 | 6:30 p.m. 
  • Thursdays September 17— October 8 | 6:30 p.m.
The purpose of this program is to promote reading skills and reading aloud. Participants will be paired with a "buddy" and its owner. "Buddies" will be primarily dogs but occasionally may be a different pet. At the beginning of each Zoom session, the host will begin introductions and all readers and owners will introduce themselves. When it is time to read, participants will be put into individual breakout rooms with just their "Buddy" and the owner. The child will have 25 minutes to read a book or a part of a book to their buddy, showing pictures if they would like as well! The Buddy will remain on camera the whole time. If time allows, the owner and participant may chat for a bit about the story. If the date or time you are interested in is full please add to the waitlist, we are continually trying to find more volunteers to participate as buddies.

 Seniors' Corner

​We are here to provide seniors and their caregivers with the resources they need during this challenging time. Contact us if you would like a weekly check-in for those ages 55 & up or with a compromised immune system. 









                                     
  Free Games Available Online 

 About Us

Our community priorities 

To know us is to love us! Get to know Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and our community priorities that guide how we work for YOU each and every day. Check out the videos below to learn more. 

Protecting the Environment
See the Parks & Rec staff in action and learn about what we do to protect the environment.
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
Learn about how we promote healthy
lifestyles for all ages and abilities. 
Ensure the Stewardship of Funds, Facilities & Public Lands
Watch how improving and maintaining existing parks, playgrounds, and rec centers positively impact lives and our community.
 Check out how we make our community inclusive by providing access to parks and recreation for all residents - physically, economically and socially.