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
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.
Special Program Announcement for Wednesday, March 8
The Alexandria City Public Schools have announced that schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The City's Out of School Time Program will be available at the following Recreation Centers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for both previously registered participants and walk-in registrations. The walk-in registration fee for the Out of School Time Program is $15 per participant. Activities will be limited, and participants should bring lunch and snacks as needed.
- Charles Barrett Recreation Center, 1115 Martha Custis Dr., 703.746.5551
- Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., 703.746.5552
- Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave., 703.746.5554
- Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., 703.746.5556
- Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4625 Taney Ave., 703.746.5557
- William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave., 703.746.5558
All programs at John Adams, MacArthur and Hammond schools are cancelled. No before-school care is available.
2016-2017 School Year Theme: "Adventure Awaits"
The 2016-17 School Year program theme "Adventure Awaits!" invites your child to make every day an adventure with the Power-On and Power-Up Programs. Take a journey with our talented staff as they discover new interests, explore unseen sights and make the impossible, possible.
2016-2017 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 2016-2017 School Year OSTP begins on July 1, space is limited. Program operates Monday-Friday, 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.
- 2016-2017 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
- 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 will be available for all Power-On programs starting July 1! 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.
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!
2016-2017 School Year Power-Up Registration Information: Grades 6-8. Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year Power-Up program begins July 1. Program operates Monday-Friday, 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.
- 2016-2017 School Year Power-Up Location:
- Francis C. Hammond Middle School, 4646 Seminary Road, 703.746.5575
Online registration will be available for all Power-Up programs starting July 1! 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.
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’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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Click here to learn more about Therapeutic Recreation programs provided by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.