Your guide to Spring Break

Published 10:03 pm Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Foosball is one of the many recreational activities children in the spring break camp held by the city’s parks and recreation department are able to participate in.

Wondering what to do with the kids during spring break? You’re not alone.

That’s why Suffolk Parks and Recreation, the YMCA and a few other local organizations have created a variety of activities you can send your children to during the public schools’ spring break, April 18-22.

“This is important, because we have to get our children up and moving and active, not just staying home watching TV and playing video games,” said Lakita Frazier, director of Suffolk Parks and Recreation.

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The recreation department is sponsoring spring break camps for elementary ages up through 10th grade, Frazier said. Various field trips and activities are planned for the camp.

The elementary camps will be held at the Creekside and Mack Benn Jr. recreation centers, where the children will have the chance to participate in physical activity, team-building skills and a field trip to a museum. The program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and costs $40 per child for the week.

In addition, children in grades 6 through 10 can participate in the teen spring break camp, which is held Tuesday through Friday. It costs $30 per child.

“It is developed and implemented by the Office on Youth as a way to provide positive activities during the spring break, so that teens and pre-teens are not just sitting at home doing nothing,” Frazier said. “This will allow them to be in a structured environment, but still have fun.”

This is the second year for the teen spring break camp, which this year will include a college field trip to Virginia State University, a trip to Virginia Beach’s Youth Career Center, a skating trip to Smithfield Skate, athletic activities and more.

At the youth career center, attendees will “get a chance to learn about different careers and what’s needed to achieve the career they’re interested in,” Frazier said.

Registration for the camps ends April 13. A parent orientation for the teen spring break camp will be held April 18. To register, call 514-4506.

To register for the elementary camp, call 514-7250.

At the South Hampton Roads YMCAs, several activities will take place on the weekends surrounding spring break.

The Taylor Bend Family YMCA, near the Suffolk line in Chesapeake, will hold a teen lock-in April 15 from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next morning. Participants must be 11 to 15 years old. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for friends.

In addition, the Suffolk Family YMCA will host its ninth annual Spring Stride 5K and one-mile run on April 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lone Star Lakes Park.

For more information on the YMCA events, visit