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Virginia Beach Recreation Centers are All About Fun for Kids!

Published: July 29, 2009
Rain or shine, kids get their imaginations – and heart rates - in full gear at Virginia Beach Recreation Centers! As part of an initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation is introducing new kinds of fun with new ways for kids to play.

The largest of these new items are the new Indoor Play Structures, found in the game rooms at Bayside, Great Neck, and Princess Anne Recreation Centers. These playgrounds bring the fun inside, where youth age 12 and under can enjoy climbing, crawling, and sliding through the multi-level structures.     Indoor Play Structures
Or, visit Kempsville Recreation Center’s swimming pool and try the new Climbing Wall. The best thing about this is that no ropes or experience are required, and falling doesn’t hurt. It just makes a splash!      Climbing Wall
For a different type of challenge, try out various gaming systems. There are Gaming Bikes at Bow Creek where youth can race against each other in a video game, Dance Pads at Kempsville and Seatack Recreation Centers to try out the latest moves, and X’er Boards which offer virtual reality surfing or skating at Princess Anne Recreation Center.      Gaming Bikes
As if that’s not enough, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation also installed Sportswalls at each of the 6 recreation centers. These walls have flashing lights choreographed to music that require the user to touch the lights to score points. The Sportswalls can be used by a single person, or can be used to challenge a friend. A word of warning: the pace starts out easy, but the heart rates will climb!      SportsWalls
Not to be outdone, the swimming pools are also hosting special events with fun new items. Look for Float-A-Rama, which transforms the pools into a lagoon filled with challenging floats. There are teeter totters, huge icebergs to climb up and slide down, and even friendly dragons to sit upon. Many pools are also hosting Movie Nights at the Pool, where family friendly movies are shown on a large inflatable screen. Who knew that floating on noodles and watching movies was so much fun?      SkyTotter

These new items will be available during different days and times at the recreation centers; availability may be affected by other scheduled programs. A Virginia Beach Recreation Center membership or visitor pass is required. Parents are advised to call ahead to learn the availability of the items.

    * Bayside Recreation Center, located at 4500 First Court Road (off Shore Drive). Phone: 460-7540
    * Bow Creek Recreation Center, located at 3427 Club House Road (off Rosemont Road). Phone: 431-3765
    * Great Neck Recreation Center, located at 2521 Shorehaven Drive (off Great Neck Road). Phone: 496-6766
    * Kempsville Recreation Center, located at 800 Monmouth Lane (off Kempsville Road). Phone: 474-8492
    * Princess Anne Recreation Center, located at 1400 Nimmo Parkway (off General Booth Blvd). Phone: 426-0022
    * Seatack Recreation Center, 141. S. Birdneck Road (near Norfolk Avenue). Phone: 437-4858

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay).