Summer Playground Program
Registration for the 2023 Summer Playground Program opens May 1
Little Rock Parks and Recreation welcomes children and parents within the Little Rock area as prospective participants in our Summer Playground Program. This program runs from June 12, 2023 - July 27, 2023.
The program’s objective is to provide for children ages 6-15, a rewarding, enjoyable and safe summer of supervised, organized and worthwhile recreational activities while school is not in session. We will also be offering a “Teen Camp” for participants between the ages of 11-15. We will offer a wide range of on-site and field trip activities.
The locations for the 2023 Summer Playground Program include the following:
- Dunbar Community Center - 1001 West 16th Street
- East Little Rock Community Center - 2500 East 6th Street
- Stephens Community Center - 3700 West 18th Street
- JA Fair High School (TEEN CAMP) - 13420 David O. Dodd Road
- Baseline Academy - 3623 Baseline Road
- Booker T. Washington Elementary School - 2700 Main Street
The non-refundable registration fee is $100 per child.
Parents who are registering youth for the Summer Playground Program may register online, beginning May 1, 2023 with credit and/or debit payments. Step-by-step instructions will be available online.
Parents/guardians may register their child and registration will continue online until each location has met capacity.
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 have discretionary participation. There are staff members assigned to remain at the playground for children who chose not to participate in the field trip activities. The only exception is the visit to Mian 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 is 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?
Q. What do I do if I don’t have a computer?
A. Dunbar Community Center and Southwest Community Center as well as 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?
Q. What do I do if I personally don’t have a credit card or debit card?
A. Pre-paid credit cards may be used for registering online.
Q. Can I pay with cash or check?
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 camp site 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 be able to register each of the children for the program?
A. Parents/Guardians will be able to register an additional child in the same household during the online registration process.
Q. Do I have to create a username and password?
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 open for use at any time for registration for the Summer Playground Program until each location has met capacity.
Q. Do I have to register my teen (11- 15) for Teen Camp?
A. We strongly encourage each participant in Middle School to register for Teen Camp for 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.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please use the information below for the latest information:
- Summer Playground Program Information Hotline – (501) 371-4445
- Summer Playground Program Office – (501) 371-6858
- Therapeutic Recreation Summer Day Camp - (501) 570-1131