Long Beach extends after-school programs until June; registration starts March 26

The Long Beach parks department will host four different in-person and virtual after-school programs and camps for kids and teens from April 12 through June 18.

Parents can sign their children up for the following free and low-cost events on March 26 by visiting the city’s website or in person at specific locations.

Mobile recess program

Park workers will drive vans loaded with play equipment to neighborhoods and host games and arts-and-crafts activities for kids and teens ages 5 through 14. The streets will be blocked off to traffic. Space is limited and advance sign-ups are required.

Families can apply for the program on March 26 staring at 10 a.m. on the city’s website.

The Mobile Recess Program will be hosted at the following locations:

Mondays and Wednesdays (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • Hellman Street between Orange Avenue and Cerritos Avenue
  • 11th Street between Dawson Avenue and St. Louis Avenue
  • 67th Way between Orcutt Avenue and Muriel Avenue

Tuesdays and Thursdays (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • 17th Street between Henderson Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
  • 8th Street between Gladys Avenue and Freeman Avenue
  • Jackson Street between Orange Avenue and Walnut Avenue

Friday (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • 23rd Street between Cedar Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
  • Parade Street between Harbor Avenue and Fashion Avenue
  • Burton Way Chace Park at the park
After-school camps

Camps with games and activities for children ages 5 to 12 will continue weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through June 18. The weekly cost for this program is $10 per person.

The camps will take place at the following parks:

  • Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave.
  • Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.
  • College Estates Park, 808 Stevely Ave.
  • Coolidge Park, 352 E. Neece St.
  • Drake Park, 951 Maine Ave.
  • El Dorado Park West, 2800 N. Studebaker Rd.
  • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
  • MacArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim St.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave.
  • McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave.
  • Pan American Park, 5157 E. Centralia St.
  • Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St.
  • Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St.
  • Somerset Park, 1500 E. Carson St.
  • Stearns Champions Park 4520 E. 23rd St.
  • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.
  • Wardlow Park, 3457 Stanbridge Ave.
  • Whaley Park, 5620 E. Atherton St.

Online registration for the program begins at 10 a.m. on March 26.

In-person registration will be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon on March 26 at the following sites:

  • Parks, Recreation and Marine Administrative Office, 2760 N. Studebaker Rd.
  • Pan American Park, 5157 E. Centralia St.
  • King Park Pool, 1910 Lemon Ave.
  • Belmont Plaza Pool, 4320 E. Olympic Plaza

For in-person registration after March 26, families can call 562-570-3150 to make an appointment.

Community learning hubs

The Community Learning Hub Program will offer free after-school activities for kindergarten to eighth grade Long Beach Unified School District students through June 18. The free program will provide a safe space with high-speed internet for students to complete their homework assignments.

Kids will also have the option to participate in after-school games, such sports and fitness exercises. The program will be available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 18—except during the week of April 5 through April 9—at the following locations:

  • Ernest McBride Park & Cal Rec. Community Center, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
  • Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave.
  • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be implemented at all learning hub locations, and participants will be required to wear face coverings and adhere to physical distancing guidelines, according to a city press release.

Participants must bring their own electronic device and lunch. Online registration begins at 10 a.m. on March 26. In-person registration begins on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each of the camp locations listed above.

Virtual after-school program

The Virtual After School Program will run weekdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. through June 18. This free program will include programs and learning games to supplement the children’s virtual learning. The program will offer kids ages 5 to 14 dance, art and trivia activities that can be experienced from the comfort of home.

Registration opens on March 26 at 8 a.m. at the city’s website under the program’s registration link. In-person registration will be available on March 26 at Heartwell Park, 5801 E. Parkcrest St., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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