Children's Programs

The Prince William County Parks & Recreation children’s programs offer year-round fun and learning for you and your child. Early childhood classes help children gain independence and learn new skills through developmentally appropriate activities. Enjoy family programs geared for parent, child and sibling involvement.

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  • Before and After School Care

    Before & After School Care at Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center

    Providing a safe, supervised environment with structured activities for your child, before & after school.

    • Daily BUS TRANSPORTATION to/from select schools included.
    • Call (703) 792-8600 for a list of elementary and middle schools we are currently serving.
    • Access to unique amenities - swimming, gymnasium, library visits, outdoor play and nature trail.
    • Activities include - camper electives, homework time, art/crafts, special events, community projects.
    • Full Day options available on teacher workdays and inclement weather days.
    • Enthusiastic staff.


  • Dance
    Dance Programs

    Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center
    14300 Minnieville Rd.
    Dale City, VA

    Brief Overview

    Class Offerings
    List of current dance classes offered available for registration

    Helpful Information
    Dress Code
    Dance Supplies

    For questions, email us or call (703) 792-8673

  • Preschool

    Our state-licensed Preschool prides itself on providing a quality program that emphasizes learning through play, in a safe and nurturing environment. Our Preschool provides thoughtfully planned experiences and opportunities, which stimulate learning in all developmental areas: social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. 

    We provide a balanced program that includes choice and structured activities, whole group, small group and individual activities, and teacher and child-directed experiences. Our classroom environments are designed to encourage exploration and interaction with other children, teachers, and learning materials. Our curriculum is centered on dramatic play, blocks, art, sensory, science, math, music, movement, language and literature experiences. We seek to instill a lifelong love of learning!


  • Science in the Park
    Boy with magnifying glass outdoors

    This highly-rated program is based on the Virginia SOL Science curriculum. Our Science in the Park specialty instructors provide hands-on science lessons utilizing the resources of our beautiful parks as an outdoor classroom.

    Elementary school teachers and homeschool groups will find Science in the Park a valuable enhancement to classroom instruction. Fall programs can be scheduled for September through mid-November and Spring programs can be scheduled from late March through May.


  • Scouting
    Scouting Badges

    Parks & Recreation offers an expansive Scouting Program that’s run year round. Our trained BSA certified counselors will provide Cub Scouts the opportunity to earn rank advancement and Scouts BSA the opportunity to earn merit badges. Our Girl Scout badges meet the GS USA requirements and accomplish the whole badge in an event. The Girl Scout Journeys will start the badge with the Girl Scouts and walk them through to completion of the Take Action Project (TAP).

    Chris Eckart, Specialty Programs Coordinator
    (703) 792-8072 or email


  • Sports

    The Prince William County Parks, Recreation & Tourism staff is acutely aware of the skyrocketing national statistics on obesity. Adult obesity has doubled since the 1970’s, with the prevalence of childhood and adolescent obesity percentages at double to quadruple percentages during the same time frame. One contributing factor, according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, may be that on average, children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen.

    The American Academy of Adolescent & Child Psychiatry notes that a positive experience with sports as a young child can have lasting effects that will help make for a more, well-rounded, well-adjusted adult.

    As an active partner in our community’s Healthy Community Healthy Youth initiative, we take our responsibilities seriously. Currently, there are 37 registered leagues in Prince William County (youth and adult), representing 9 sports, with 31,322 active participants. Those numbers are increasing daily, through the emerging popularity of lacrosse and cricket!

  • Summer Camps
    Kids and Counselor at Summer Camp

    We are committed to providing your child/camper a safe environment along with caring and experienced camp counselors and fun-filled days. Offering specialty camps from arts to sports plus everything in between and full day traditional style summer camps with popular themes each week all for ages 3-17 at 16 locations throughout Prince William County.


  • Swim Lessons
    Swim Lessons Offered Year Round

    Classes are offered year-round for infants (6 months) through adults at Prince William County Parks, Recreation & Tourism's two indoor aquatic and fitness facilities. Offering Parent/Child classes, Infant Swim classes, Preschool, Adult Beginner (ages 13+), Adult Advanced, Fear of Water classes, Adapted Swim (for beginners with disabilities) and Levels 1-6 for children.

    View List of Classes and Registration Info:


  • First Tee of Prince William County
    first tee of Prince William County

    First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference.

    Our chapter is one of many in the First Tee network. First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.

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  • Disability & Inclusion
    Adapted Program

    In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in the County’s services, programs, or activities.


    For more information or questions, please contact:


    phone (703) 792-8066 (TTY: 711)