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Out of School Time Programs 

Power-On Program 




Power-On! ProgramsPower-On Out of School Time Program

Participants are placed into age groups that maintain a full schedule of activities incorporating play, learning, cultural enrichment and positive social interaction.

Out of School Time fun includes creative & performing arts, fine arts, fitness & health, sports, education & leisure activities, holiday & family events, and much more! Programs offered at the recreation centers, after school centers and summer playgrounds are not licensed child care programs but are based on local standards approved the City Attorney.

Register in-person at the Lee Center's Registration & Reservation Office (First Floor - 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314), at participating recreation centers, or online. Parent information packets are required to complete registration and are available at each recreation center, at the Lee Center or online. All participants must be residents of the City of Alexandria.


2014-2015 School Year Theme: "Tune In 2 Power-On"

This school year, Out of School Time program participants will "Tune in 2 Power-On." Each month the program will switch stations and focus on monthly themes including: Rewind Radio, Mantente Alerta (Be Aware) TV, Holijams 101, Sportstalk, Soul Mix XM and more!   
2014-2015 School Year Power-On Registration Information: Kindergarten through Grade 5 (youth in grade 6, under 13, also eligible for Power-On).Registration for 2014-2015 School Year OSTP begins on July 1, space is limited. Program operates Monday-Friday, September 2, 2014 - June 19, 2015, from school dismissal to 6 p.m. Holiday hours vary by location. Participants will be charged a $415 activity fee for the full school year.  Financial assistance and payment plans are available for eligible families. To register, bring a completed registration packet and payment to participating recreation centers, the Lee Center, or register online. For additional registration information, call 703.746.5414.

  • 2014-2015 School Year Power-On Registration Packet 
  • Charles Barrett Recreation Center, 1115 Martha Custis Drive, 703.746.5551
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, 703.746.5552
  • Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Avenue, 703.746.5554
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, 703.746.5556
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4643 Taney Avenue, 703.746.5557
  • William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Avenue, 703.746.5558
  • John Adams After School Center, 5651 Rayburn Avenue, 703.746.5414
  • Douglas MacArthur After School Center, 1101 Janney’s Lane, 703.746.5414 


Online Registration is available for all Power-On programs! Click here to register online. To finalize your enrollment, you must complete a registration packet and return it to staff at participating recreation centers or the Lee Center on or before your child's start date. Your child will not be allowed to attend the program until we receive a completed registration packet.



 Power-Up Programs 

Specifically designed for young teens, after school and summer Power-Up programs include weekly clubs, a homework center, educational and cultural enrichment opportunities, sports, games, tournaments, field trips and special events. There's something for everyone! Power-Up! Program @ Hammond 

2014-2015 School Year Power-Up Registration Information: Grades 6-8. Registration for the 2014-2015 School Year Power-Up program begins July 1. Program operates Monday-Friday, September 15, 2014 - June 18, 2014, from 3:15-6 p.m. Power-Up is closed on school holidays and early dismissal days. Participants will be charged a $415 activity fee for the full school year. Financial assistance and payment plans are available for eligible families. To register, bring a completed registration packet and payment to participating recreation centers, the Lee Center, or register online. For additional registration information, call 703.746.5414.


Online registration is available for all Power-Up programs! Click here to register online. To finalize your enrollment, you must complete a registration packet and return it to staff at participating recreation centers or the Lee Center on or before your child's start date. Your child will not be allowed to attend the program until we receive a completed registration packet.


 Click here for more information on teen programs and activities for youth in grades 6 - 12.



Power-Full Fun Days

Designated recreation centers provide safe and supervised play activities on the days ACPS schools are closed. Recreation Centers are open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Power-Full Fun Days. Youth enrolled in any Power-On or Power-Up program may attend at no additional cost. City youth who do not participate in these programs may attend for a $15 per day fee. Before Care is provided from 8-9 a.m. for an extra $5 fee for all participants. All youth must bring a lunch; a snack will be provided. For more information on specific dates, please contact participating recreation centers directly or call 703.746.5414.

For youth enrolled in Power-On or Power-Up: To register, return a completed registration form and payment (if applicable) to staff at your Power-On or Power-Up location at least one week prior to Power-Full Fun Day.

For youth not enrolled in Power-On or Power-Up: To register, bring a completed registration form and payment to staff at participating recreation centers or the Lee Center's Registration & Reservation Office at least one week prior to Power-Full Fun Day, or register online.




Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H Programs

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Alexandria Office brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the residents of Alexandria by providing research-based solutions to the problems facing residents. Extension offers community programming in the areas of 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, agriculture, natural resources and community viability.

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) programs are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status or marital or family status. VCE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  VCE offices are located in the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street.  For more information about 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Horticulture programs, call 703.746.5546, or e-mail Reginald Morris at

Family Nutrition Programs (FNP) are operated as a joint project of Extension, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Department of Social Services. The FNP program is strictly educational and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Service. Youth, adults and families learn about nutrition and healthy eating, food preparation skills and resource management skills. The program is free to participants. To learn more about FNP classes, please call 703.746.5546.

Volunteer Opportunities
Are you interested in doing something positive for your community? If you would like to give the gift of your time and expertise, please call the Alexandria Extension office at 703.746.5546.


Power Play

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Sports Section designed the "Power-Play" Fitness and Sports program to improve children's overall health and teach them the basic fundamentals of fitness and sports related activities.  This program is a comprehensive fitness and sports program geared towards getting more children involved in physical activity through active participation in traditional and non-traditional recreational activities.  

Power Play provides age appropriate health & fitness programs to all Power-On and Power-Up participants.  The goal of the program is to offer recreational activities that will stimulate interest and develop skills in the areas of fitness, exercise techniques, sports participation and educational experiences in a safe, fun and positive atmosphere.  For more information, call 703.746.5402.


Mother's Play Group

Infant to 4 years old - Meets at the Lee Recreation Center on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 am.  Parents and children interact with others through play and activities. Ideal for the development of socialization skills. Free to City residents only.


Alexandria City Community Theatre (ACCT)

ACCT is an arts initiative offered at the Power-On and Power-Up programs and citywide.  ACCT provides fun theatre games, art activities, field trips, and opportunities to perform.  For additional information call 703.746.5575.


Fee Assistance Program for City Residents

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities encourages participation in City programs from all City residents. If you, a member of your family or a friend would like to participate in programs or activities sponsored by this Department and are in need of fee assistance in order to participate, please contact the sponsoring program office for more detailed information at least two weeks in advance. For general information, please call 703.746.4343.


Therapeutic Recreation

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.  To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jackie Person, Therapeutic Recreation Program Manager, at 703.746.5423 (VA Relay 711) or

Click here to learn more about Therapeutic Recreation programs provided by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.



Power-On Program 


1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6344
Email: Information

Office Hours
8 am - 5 pm

James B. Spengler