Parks & Rec Events to Put a Spring in Your Step

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation launches spring season schedule

Friday, March 29, 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Spring is in the air and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is ready to celebrate the season with a host of family-friendly events and activities for citizens and visitors to enjoy. Slip on your flip-flops and skip on into our parks to breathe in the fresh air, delight in the budding blooms, and mingle with your friends, family, and neighbors.

Les Mills Launch Week and Free Fitness Preview
(April 1 -7 | various times and recreation center locations)
Join us as we celebrate the release of new music and moves in our Les Mills classes along with some other free fitness previews. A recreation center membership is not required for these select classes, so bring a friend! For the full schedule of free classes, please visit VBgov.com/Fitness.

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
(April 6, rain date April 7 | 12 to 4 p.m. | Red Wing Park)
Celebrate spring, peace, and goodwill during the blossom season with our Sister City Miyazaki, Japan. Featuring diverse and creative programs, traditional Japanese music, arts, and culture while promoting natural beauty and community spirit. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free.

April Pool's Day
(April 6 and 7 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Williams Farm, Kempsville, and Bow Creek Recreation Centers | 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.

Once Upon a Prom Dress Giveaway
(April 6 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Bayside Recreation Center | Virginia Beach teens with valid school IDs)
Bayside Recreation Center has been accepting donations of new and gently used prom/evening dresses and has over 500 to giveaway to local teens! The event is free and open to all teens with a valid school ID. Students should stop by the rec center to pick out the dress of their dreams. Dresses will be given on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Earth Day Recycle Zone
(April 13 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Mount Trashmore Park)
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Virginia Beach Waste Management Division and the Clean Community Commission, are celebrating Earth Day this year with a huge, drive-thru recycling event! All recycling will take place in Parking Lot 1, located near the YMCA and participants are asked to enter from South Boulevard. Items being recycled include electronics, hazardous household items, metal, document shredding, and prescription medications (provided by the Virginia Beach Police Department.) For more details on acceptable items, visit VBgov.com/earthday.

Arbor Day Ceremony
(April 26 | 4 to 5 p.m. | Bayside Recreation Center)
Guests are welcome to come celebrate as Virginia Beach receives its 39th 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. City leadership along with representatives from the Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach Beautification Commission, Virginia Beach Master Gardener Tree Stewards, and youth from the Bayside Out-of-School Time Program will also participate in the Arbor Day festivities.

Touch-a-Truck
(May 11 | 12 to 3 p.m. | Williams Farm 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 a fire truck, police car, street sweeper, dump truck and more. Temporary tattoos, children's crafts, tire flipping, and inflatables will just add to the excitement! New this year, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's Inclusion Unit will be hosting a Sensory Tent during the event. This dedicated area is meant as a calming space and will provide various forms of organized sensory input should an individual become over-stimulated. We are also happy to welcome the Tidewater Autism Society of America to the event this year. This event is free and open to the public.

NEW!
Woofstock VB (May 18, rain date May 19 | 3 to 7 p.m. | Red Wing Park)
In partnership with the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, join us for bands, barks, and brews at this all new event! Bring your K-9 companion out for an afternoon of fun with live music from Free for All and PowerDaze, food trucks, "Doggie Dates", a photo booth, specialty vendors and more! Adult beverages will be available for purchase from our friends at Wasserhund Brewing Company to benefit the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation. Admission and parking are free.

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 VBgov.com/RecEvents 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 to be the national leader in providing enriching and memorable lifelong experiences. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit VBgov.com/parks or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/VBparksrec

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