Power-On Programs

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.

Page updated on Jul 5, 2019 at 11:01 AM

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Power-On! Programs

Power-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 beginning July 3. Parent information packets are required to complete registration and are available at each recreation center, at the Lee Center beginning July 3. All participants must be residents of the City of Alexandria.

Registration Dates:

  • July 3: Registration begins for the 2019-20 School Year
  • August 23 at 7 p.m through September 9 at 9 a.m.: Online registration is not available.
  • August 26-September 6: Walk-in registrations accepted only at the Lee Center Registration & Reservation Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

2019-20 School Year

Join us for an Epic Adventure this school year! Meet friends, play, build, learn and grow through a variety of recreation, enrichment and leisure activities. Afterschool fun includes creative and performing arts, music, history, sports, fitness, health, family events, field trips and homework time. Program meets 2:30-6 p.m. when ACPS schools are open, at locations across Alexandria.

2019-20 School Year Power-On Registration Information:
Kindergarten through Grade 5 (youth in grade 6, ages 12 and younger are also eligible for Power-On).Registration for the School Year OSTP begins on July 3, space is limited. Program operates Monday-Friday, from school dismissal to 6 p.m. Holiday hours vary by location. Participants will be charged a $475 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.

  • 2019-20 School Year Power-On Registration Locations: 
  • Charles Barrett Recreation Center, 1115 Martha Custis Drive, 703.746.5551
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, 703.746.5552
  • Leonard "Chick" Armstrong (formerly 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, 4653 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
  • Ferdinand T. Day After School Center, 1701 N. Beauregard St., 703.379.3915 


Online Registration will be available for all Power-On programs starting July 3! 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 a completed registration packet is received.

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

    For youth not enrolled in Power-On: 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 rbmorris@vt.edu.

    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 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.

    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 703.746.5414.

    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 jackie.person@alexandriava.gov.

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


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