Summer Playground Program

Registration for the 2024 Summer Playground Program opens May 1


Little Rock Parks and Recreation invites children and parents from the Little Rock area to join our Summer Playground Program from June 10 to July 25, 2024. Created for children aged 6 to 15, our program is designed to provide a summer filled with enriching experiences and lifelong memories.

We aim to offer a safe and nurturing environment where children can engage in supervised, organized, and meaningful recreational activities while school is not in session. We're also introducing our "Teen Camp," tailored to meet the interests and needs of participants ages 12 to 15.

Our Summer Playground Program features exciting field trips, including bowling, zoo visits, movie outings, skating adventures, archery lessons, and indoor/outdoor activities. Additionally, participants can explore local museums and embark on fishing excursions.

With each field trip carefully planned and supervised by our experienced staff, parents can rest assured that their children will have fun, learn, and grow in a supportive environment. Join us for a summer of adventure and discovery at Little Rock Parks and Recreation's Summer Playground Program!


The locations for the 2024 Summer Playground Program include:

- Bale Elementary

- Chicot Elementary

- Dunbar Community Center - 1001 West 16th Street

- East Little Rock Community Center - 2500 East 6th Street

- Stephens Community Center - 3700 West 18th Street

- Hall STEM (TEEN CAMP) - 6700 H Street


Registration Fee

The non-refundable registration fee is $100 per child.


Registration Process

Parents registering youth for the Summer Playground Program may register online with credit and/or debit payments beginning May 1, 2024.

Click here to visit ActiveNet to create your account and apply online.

Parents/guardians may register their child, which will continue online until each location meets its capacity.



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Click Here to register using our new ActiveNet Registration System

Activities & Field Trips

The Summer Playground Program on-site activities include checkers, dominoes, chess, cards, board games, jump rope, basketball, kickball, movies, time outside on the playground, arts & crafts, and many more. Field trips will include fishing, swimming, roller skating, movies, visits to the MacArthur Museum of Military History, the Museum of Discovery, the Stephens Nature Center, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Clinton Presidential Library, and an end-of-the-year visit to Main Event.

All of these activities require discretionary participation. Staff members are assigned to remain at the playground for children who choose not to participate in the field trip activities. The only exception is the visit to the Main Event, where the entire staff is needed for supervision.

There are some field trips where we expect large participation, which will prevent us from transporting every child to each field trip. The supervisors at each of our playgrounds are asked to keep a record of which children are participating in each field trip, to ensure that all of the children have equal opportunities to participate if they choose.

Buses from First Student Company will provide transportation for field trips. All other transportation is prohibited. There are additional admission and busing fees for field trips, and a schedule of all trips and associated fees will be distributed to parents upon registration.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to register online?
A. Yes

Q. What do I do if I don’t have a computer?
A. Dunbar Community Center and Southwest Community Center and public libraries have computers available for use.

Q. What are my payment options?
A. Payments must be made with a credit card or debit card.

Q. Are there additional fees for registering online for the Summer Playground Program?
A. No

Q. What do I do if I don’t have a credit or debit card?
A. Pre-paid credit cards may be used to register online.

Q. Can I pay with cash or check?
A. No

Q. Do I need an e-mail address to register?
A. Yes, this is how you will receive your confirmation and other important information

Q. If the campsite I choose is full, what are my options?
A. Each site is allocated a designated number of participants; once a site reaches its capacity, parents/guardians may choose another location online to register.

Q. If I have more than one child, how will I register each of them for the program?
A. Parents/Guardians can register an additional child in the same household during the online registration process.

Q. Do I have to create a username and password?
A. No

Q. I do not use computers, so what do I do?
A. The online registration process is very simple and user-friendly.

Q. When can I register?
A. Beginning May 1, the website will be available for registration for the Summer Playground Program at any time until each location has met capacity.

Q. Do I have to register my teen (11- 15) for Teen Camp?
A. We strongly encourage each Middle School participant to register for Teen Camp, which offers teen-friendly activities. Teen Camp participants will have the opportunity to engage with their peers in a structured environment with fun and educational opportunities.

Q. What do I need to register online?
A. General information for participant and parent/guardian, medical information (doctor name/telephone), emergency contact information (name/telephone), age, and date of birth of participant.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions or concerns, please call us! 

  • Summer Playground Program Office – (501) 371-6859

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