No Fooling! April is Full of Free Family Fun

Hop into spring with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s free events

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring has officially sprung and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation has lined up an egg-stra special bunch of free family activities to celebrate the season! Slip on your flip-flops and hop into our parks to breathe in the fresh air, delight in the budding blooms, and mingle with your friends, family, and neighbors.

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
(April 1, rain date April 2 | 12:30 to 4:30 pm | Red Wing Park)
Join us as we celebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This event offers the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities and various demonstrations. Get comfortable and enjoy the beauty of one of our city's signature parks by bringing a blanket or lawn chair to watch the performances. For a full schedule of events and additional details, visit

April Pool's Day
(April 1 | 10 am to 12 pm – Williams Farm, and 12 to 2 pm – Bow Creek | ages 5 to 14)
Make a splash! We're raising awareness for drowning prevention and offering free water safety instruction. Children will participate in a swimming lesson, learn pool and beach safety, and perform basic water rescues. Sponsored by the Water Safety Council and USA Swimming, this event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.

Eggstra Eggstravagant Egg Hunt
(April 8 | 10 am to 1 pm | Bayville Farms Park)
What an egg-cellent time to enjoy the season with crafts, a petting zoo, a magician, music by Astro Entertainment, as well a visit from the Easter Bunny himself! The first egg hunt will begin at 12:15 for ages 5 and under, 12:30 for ages 6 to 8, and 12:45 for ages 9 to 12. Find a golden egg for a chance to win great prizes. 

Earth Day Celebration
(April 22, rain date April 23 | 11 am to 4 pm | Mount Trashmore Park)
Green is the color of the season! Refresh your approach to making our world a healthier place with various exhibits, displays and activities that will provide innovative ways to green your lifestyle. Event highlights include the drive-thru AAA Recycling Zone, live music, a green market, Zen zone, dumpster painting, and children's activities. This event is presented in partnership with the Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission. Visit for details.

Arbor Day Ceremony
(April 28 | 10 to 11 am | North Landing Elementary School)
Join us as Virginia Beach receives its 37th consecutive "Tree City USA" Award from the Virginia Department of Forestry. The "Tree City USA" award identifies the city as a community that has a proven commitment to an ongoing community forestry program. Representatives from the Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach Beautification Commission, Virginia Beach Master Gardener Tree Stewards, and students from North Landing Elementary School will also participate in the Arbor Day festivities.

(April 29 | 12 to 3 pm | Princess Anne Recreation Center)
Beep! Beep! Rev your engines and let your kids experience the thrill of sitting behind the wheel of some of their favorite 4-wheeled vehicles including the Fire Department's Monster Truck, a police car, street sweeper, dump truck and more. Face painting, children's crafts and a DJ spinning tunes will just add to the excitement!

There is even more Parks & Rec spring action to discover including loads of free and inexpensive activities for all ages happening in our recreation centers. Visit for complete listings.


About Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City's coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department's vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that create a sense of community. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at Find us on Facebook at