Parks & Recreation

2015 Summer Playground ProgramSummer Playground Program - Little Rock Parks & Recreation

Monday, June 8 - Thursday, July 30, 2015

Little Rock Parks and Recreation would like to welcome children and parents within the Little Rock area as prospective participants in our 2015 Summer Playground Program. 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 offer a wide range of activities and field trips.

Playground Locations

The locations for the 2015 Summer Playground Program will be announced soon...stay tuned! 

For the third year, we will also be offering a “Teen Camp” for participants between the ages of 11-15.

Registration Fees

The non-refundable registration fee is $90 for the first child and $25 for any additional children from the same immediate family that reside in the same household.

One Child…$90.00
Two Children…$115.00
Three Children…$140.00
Four Children…$165.00

These rates apply to children from the same immediate family within the same household

Registration Process

Parents who are registering youth for the Summer Playground Program may register online, beginning May 1, 2015 with credit and/or debit payments. Step-by-step instructions will be available on the website, as well as at community centers and schools. Parents/guardians may register using any computer, including personal computers and public computers at community centers and libraries.

Registration will continue online until each location has met capacity.

Following are step-by-step instructions for the online registration process:

  1. From any computer open an internet browser (Explorer, Firefox, etc.)
  2. Type in
  3. Under “Summer Playground Program” header, select “Click here to View Options and register”
  4. Select the location you wish to register your child for and click on “Register” for that site.
  5. After reading the information on the next page, select “Register” at the bottom of the page
  6. Complete the registration information as requested.
  7. If you have more than one child, click on “Add Additional Registrations” prior to completing the payment portion of the process
  8. Once you have registered all the children that you would like to be a part of the program,    complete the payment portion of the process.
  9. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your reservation at the e-mail address that you provided

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 Stephens Nature Center, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Clinton Presidential Library, the Museum of Discovery and an end of the year visit to Wild River Country.

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 Wild River Country, 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.

Therapeutic Recreation Summer Day Camp

Summer camp offers fun recreational activities for people with special needs. Many activities, games and field trips are included. Participants must be independent with personal care.

    • Limit: 17 campers
    • Dates: June 11 – July 19
    • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Ages: 8-18 (Still in school)
    • Fee: $75.00 for six weeks
    • Contact: 501-570-1131

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 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?
A. No

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?
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 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 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?
A. No

Q. I do not use computers so what do I do?
A. The online registration process is very simple and user friendly however if anyone needs assistance please register at a community center for assistance.

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.

Contact Us

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

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