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As DCPS Goes on Spring Break, Mayor Bowser Encourages Families to Take Advantage of Daytime and Evening Programming for Students

Thursday, April 13, 2023

(Washington, DC) – As DC Public Schools (DCPS) prepare to go on Spring Break next week, Mayor Muriel Bowser is reminding families that the District will be hosting daytime and evening programming next week to help keep students engaged during their out of school time.

Event DC's Day of Play at RFK Presented by Giant Food

Residents are invited to Day of Play at RFK presented by Giant Food with friends, family, or neighbors during Spring Break 2023. Events DC will host this free, field-based event to gather adults and youth in DC for a day of fun, family-friendly competition, featuring music, food trucks, and activities for all ages. Assemble your squad of friends, teammates, or family and create your team of adults, youth, or both and come play! Teams can be co-ed. Registration is required, but free. All youth must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. To RSVP, visit playrfk.splashthat.com

When: Monday, April 17, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Fields at RFK Campus, 401 Oklahoma Avenue NE

Teen Break Time

DPR has a list of other teen activations that includes egaming, movie nights, alternative sports nights, pool parties, and more, with information found via the Teen Break Time website.

Esports Open Play

Youth are invited to join DPR for a day of video games and fun at its new eGaming lounges. Snacks will be provided.

Raymond Recreation Center, 3725 10th Street NW

  • Tuesday, April 18
  • 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Deanwood Community Center, 1350 49th Street NE

  • Wednesday, April 19
  • 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue NE

  • Thursday, April 20
  • 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

DPR Community Events

Roving Leaders’ Pump It Up Palace

What: All ages are invited to enjoy a pop-up amusement park with inflatables, life-size board games, and more.
When: Tuesday, April 18 – Friday, April 21, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street NW

Crank Music Program Open House

What:  Music workshops and recording sessions to introduce teens to DPR’s groundbreaking Go-Go music program that gives high schoolers hands-on musical experience.
When: Wednesday, April 19 – Friday, April 21, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard Street NW

Citywide Girls Volleyball Clinic

What: Girls ages 9 -14 are invited to a Citywide Girls Volleyball Clinic hosted with Athletes Unlimited. Participants will learn basic volleyball skills.
When: Wednesday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Kenilworth Recreation Center, 4321 Ord Street NE

Roving Leaders’ Spring Fling at Rosedale Rec Center

What: Community members are invited to gather and enjoy a day of music, games, and food.
When: Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales Street NE

Spring Fling at New York Ave

What: Community members will come and enjoy a day of food, games, and giveaways in the field.
When: Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: New York Avenue Playground, 100 N Street NW

Maury Wills Baseball and Softball Tournament

What: The District will host a tournament for high school baseball and softball teams.
When: Thursday, April 20, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Banneker Recreation Center, 2500 Georgia Avenue NW

Roving Leaders’ Community Skate

What: Open skate pop-up for youth. Skates, helmets, and refreshments will be provided.
When: Thursday, April 20, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2409 Ainger Place SE

Lacrosse Youth Clinic

What: DPR will host a Lacrosse Youth Clinic in conjunction with Winners Lacrosse. This is a great opportunity to engage youth through the National Professional Sports Initiative.
When: Friday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Ages 5-8); 3:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Ages 9-14)
Where: Barry Farm Recreation Center, 1230 Sumner Road SE

Takoma Easter Egg Block Party

What: A celebration and egg hunt for District youth.
When: Friday, April 21, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Takoma Community Center, 300 Van Buren Street NW

Roving Leader Spring Fling Dive at Ferebee Hope

What: Come dive for Easter eggs with the Roving Leaders and enjoy prizes, fun games, and more.
When: Saturday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Ferebee Hope Recreation Center, 700 Yuma Street SE

Teen Open Gym at DPR Recreation Centers

Gyms will be open next week at the following DPR recreation centers: Arthur Capper, Brentwood, Edgewood, Fort Davis, Fort Stanton, Glover Park, Hillcrest, Joe Cole, Lamond, North Michigan Park, Raymond, Ridge Road, Riggs-LaSalle, Sherwood, Trinidad, Turkey Thicket and Woody Ward.

Open DPR Indoor Pools

Indoor pools are open across the District next week, including Marie Reed, Takoma, Roosevelt, Turkey Thicket, Dunbar, William H. Rumsey, Deanwood, HD Woodson, Barry Farm, and Ferebee-Hope Aquatic Center.

For hours of individual pools, please visit dpr.dc.gov/IndoorPools. All DPR facilities are closed Monday, April 17, in observance of DC Emancipation Day.

DPR Aquatics Spring Break Water Activities and Classes

Marie Reed Aquatic Center Spring Break water activities and classes for youth:

  • Tabata Aqua Dance – Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Learn to Swim Youth – Wednesday, April 19 and Friday, April 21, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Deanwood Aquatic Center Spring Break water activities and classes:

  • Water Activity Volleyball – Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20, 12:00 p.m.
  • Learn to Swim Youth – Wednesday, April 19 and Friday, April 21, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Barry Farm Aquatic Center Spring Break water activities and classes:

  • Tabata Aqua Dance – Wednesday, April 19 and Friday, April 21, 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Learn to Swim Youth – Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ferebee-Hope Aquatic Center Spring Break water activities and classes:

  • Learn to Swim – Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Water Basketball – Wednesday, April 19 and Friday, April 21, 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Open DCPL Neighborhood Libraries

DC Public Library (DCPL) locations will be open all week, with select locations open on Monday, April 17. The Anacostia Library, Benning Library, Mt. Pleasant Library, Petworth Library, Southwest Library, Tenley-Friendship Library, Woodridge Library, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be open on Monday, April 17, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 17 for DC Emancipation Day.

Smithsonian Museums 

Admission is free of charge at all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo. Timed-entry passes are only required at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Zoo. A full schedule for Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo can be found online.

Family Success Centers

The District’s Family Success Centers in Wards 5, 7 and 8 will be open next week, Tuesday – Friday, from 8:15am – 4:45pm.

Ward 5 Ward 7 Ward 8
Carver-Langston Family Success Center
Smart from the Start
2498 Alabama Avenue SE

Benning Road/Minnesota Avenue Family Success Center
East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
241 42nd Street NE

Anacostia Family Success Center 
Martha’s Table 
2375 Elvans Road SE 
  Benning Terrace/Benning Park Family Success Center
East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
620 46th Place SE #B
Bellevue Family Success Center 
Community of Hope 
4 Atlantic Street SE 
202-407-7747 Option #4 

Clay Terrace Family Success Center
Sasha Bruce
260 54th Street NE

Congress Heights Family Success Center
Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative
2806 Martin Luther King Avenue SE (M/W/F)
3264 Stanton Road SE  (T/Th 4 – 6 p.m.)

  Mayfair/Paradise Family Success Center
North Capital Collaborative
3744 ½ Hayes Street NE (Mayfair)
3517 Jay Street NE (Paradise)
Washington Highland Family Success Center
Life Deeds
3826 9th Street SE
  Stoddert Terrace/37th Street Family Success Center
Life Deeds
252 37th Place SE
Woodland Terrace Family Success Center
Smart from the Start
2498 Alabama Avenue SE

Out-of-School Time Programming

The District’s Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST) partners with community-based organizations to offer youth enriching opportunities to grow and thrive outside the classroom. A full list of available programs across all eight wards can be found HERE.

To learn more and register for DPR events, visit dpr.events.