Virtual Rec Center

Welcome to the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Virtual Rec Center! Our doors may be closed, but we still want to guide your day-to-day routine with family fun, fitness tips and more. Find cool and interactive resources for all ages, and continue to check back for more as we update our virtual offerings in the coming weeks.
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

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.

​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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 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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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


DIY Crafts














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 child Virginia 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

CAMPS

Camp at My Place (CAMP) | June 22 – August 14 
  • Mondays & Wednesdays  1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Fridays  9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (except Friday, July 3) 
Ages 6-14 | This virtual camp provides campers the opportunity to still participate in the activities of summer camp in a safe environment. Participants will have access to all the activities in the programming that could include: arts and crafts, science, nature, fitness, nutrition, exercise, music and dance. On Fridays, there will be “all camp” activities such as virtual field trips, dance party and talent show that everyone will participate in at one time. All classes and activities will be virtual through Zoom. • $50 | Recreation center membership is not required. (This activity has already started, but registrations are still being accepted)





Camp From My Couch | June 23 – August 14
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays • 9 a.m. – noon 
  • Fridays • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (except Friday, July 3)
Ages 15 & up | This virtual camp provides campers the opportunity to still participate in the activities of summer camp in a safe environment. Participants will have access to all the activities in the programming that could include: arts and crafts, science, nature, fitness, leisure education, and technology. On Fridays, there will be “all camp” activities such as virtual field trips, dance party and talent show that everyone will participate in at one time. All classes and activities will be virtual through Zoom. • $50 | Recreation center membership is not required. (This activity has already started, but registrations are still being accepted)



Tiny Pals Camp | July 13 - August 14
  • Mondays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Fridays 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ages 3 -5 | A virtual pre-school summer camp that introduces children to a variety of activities including crafts, storytime, movement exploration, nature and music while reinforcing key learning areas. On Fridays, there will be “all camp” activities such as virtual field trips, dance party and talent show that everyone will participate in at one time. All classes and activities will be set up with Zoom links. • $20 | Recreation center membership is not required. (This activity has already started, but registrations are still being accepted)





FITNESS

Stretch & Grow | July 7 - August 13 
Tuesdays & Thursdays • 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Ages 5-11 | The program will focus on getting kids moving through the use of music and movement exercises. Each workout will include a warm-up, exercises or a game, and a cool down focusing on fun and learning about being healthy. Workout visuals will be created and can be emailed out to the participant's parents so participants can have a visual schedule to follow along with as well as the instructor's video guide. • $15 | Recreation center membership is not required. (This activity has already started, but registrations are still being accepted)





Fit in Motion - Session 3 | August 11 – September 10 
  • Tuesdays & Thursday  5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Ages 12 & up |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 to parents/guardians so participants can have a visual schedule to follow along with the instructor video guide. • $30 | Recreation center membership is not required.





Chair One Fitness | August 12 – September 10 
  • Wednesday  5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Thursday  • 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Ages 15 & up | 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 | Recreation center membership is not required.



SOCIAL

Arts at Home: Let's Draw | August 4 – September 8 
  • Tuesdays  3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
Ages 13 & up | 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 paper, a pencil, a good eraser, and coloring utensils of their choosing (e.g., crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, etc.)• $15 | Recreation center membership is not required. (This activity has already started, but registrations are still being accepted)





Arts at Home: DIY (Do It Yourself) | August 6 – September 10 
  • Thursday  3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
Ages 13 & up | 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 participants to interact with each other and staff throughout the creating process. The program will meet online once per week on Thursdays. The crafts and supplies needed will be sent out through email prior to starting the session. • $20 | Recreation center membership is not required. (This activity has already started, but registrations are still being accepted)




Drawing Social - Special Event | August 26 
  • Wednesday  2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
Ages 13 & up | This virtual event will be a collaboration with Somerset, NJ Parks, and Recreation. The participants will be led through two drawing activities and have a chance to meet some new friends.  Recreation center membership is not required.





Virtual Family Trivia Night - Special Event | August 28 
  • Friday  6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Ages 8 & up |This free special event is family-focused and offers a unique opportunity to work together while competing in a friendly environment. Individuals are welcome to register, as well. This trivia night will be hosted over Zoom, and to maintain the integrity of this event, camera usage is required. Because all members playing should be visible on the screen, it is recommended to use a laptop or tablet. Players will be muted during the rounds to prevent shouting out answers. After each round, each team will submit their answers via a Google form that will be sent in the chat. As the submitted answers are reviewed, families will have the opportunity to socialize with one another. | Recreation center membership is not required.



 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

 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.