Programs for Kids


Many of our programs and activities have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our concern for providing a healthy environment is of utmost importance so we will resume programs as conditions allow. Check the list below for available youth programs and check out our Fitness Programs and Schedule page for a list of online and outdoor adult fitness classes. Whether or not we resume activities is dependent upon state and local restrictions as they pertain to COVID-19 as well as recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.   Every effort is made to maintain social distancing and the use of masks as appropriate.  Use of equipment is minimal and cleaned following use.    

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Ryan, Recreation Program Supervisor, via email or call 910-256-7925.  

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Kids Run the Nation (KRTN)

Kids Run the Nation is a customized running program for youth, ages 4 to 14, infused with a healthy dose of FUN!  Each session, lead by Coach Billy Block and his team, includes specific goals to help our young athletes run with better form, run more comfortably and gain confidence in themselves and their athletic ability.  

Soccer Shots


Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.  Our caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, curriculum and communication.  Our coaches are the best-trained in the business.  Our  curriculum is expert-approved, age-appropriate, and aligns with childhood education standards.  Our communication is thorough, guaranteeing an exceptional customer experience. The soccer skills instruction program is for children ages 5-10 years old (K-5th grade). Pre-registration is required.

Soccer Shots Academy

Licensed and trained Soccer Shots coaches will provide a new, more intensive soccer training program for children who have aged out of our traditional Soccer Shots program and would like to grow their soccer skills. Curriculum will be similar in structure to Soccer Shots Cape Fear, but with more emphasis on personal development.  Training will include individual training and a weekly scrimmage.

Youth & Adult Tennis Lessons

Tennis Lessons are offered for youth ages 6 - 8 and 9 - 12 as well as for adults. Group Lessons meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at Wrightsville Beach Park. Fees for six one-hour Lessons are $60 for Wrightsville Beach Residents and $75 for Non-Residents. Lessons may be scheduled on other days based for your group of six or more. Private and semi-private Lessons are also available. Tennis Pro Jackie Jenkins has been a UKLTA registered coach since 1977. She has established a strong reputation as an effective teacher who gets results. New sessions starting soon.
Safe Sitter Babysitter Training Course
Safe Sitter teaches young teens (11 - 14) everything they need to know to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who's choking, and helpful information like what to do if there's severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use CPR manikins to practice CPR and choking rescue. Pre-registration is required. 


Cape Fear Cotillion and Pre-Cotillion sessions are offered at the Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center. Cape Fear Cotillion is a fun, affordable cotillion program for youth. The weekly sessions include lessons in ballroom and popular dance along with invaluable etiquette and social skills needed for all occasions. Classes are held on Tuesdays: Pre-Cotillion for ages 4 - 8 meets from 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. and Cotillion for ages 9 - 12 meets from 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Pre-registration is required. 

Performance Club

Come join the Performance Club at Wrightsville Beach. Performance Club is a tuition based theater-program led by L.J. Woodard. Each session ends with a live stage production at the Wrightsville Beach Amphitheater. No auditions are required. Performance Club meets on Thursdays and pre-registration is required.

Kids Cooking Classes

Does your child like to cook? Would they like to learn? Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation has stirred up something just for them, a fun hands-on youth cooking class. Pre-registration is required. 

Youth Basketball Instructional League

Participants will learn the fundamentals of basketball (dribbling, shooting, passing, and defense) for the first part of the clinic. The second half of the clinic we will have controlled games or scrimmages to improve basketball IQ and awareness. We will have a championship game the last week of the program! The Instructional league is held on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for ages 6-9, and from 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. for ages 10-12. Pre-registration is required.

Foundation Flag Football for Youth


Foundation Flag Football is a co-ed program for ages 6-12. The purpose of Foundation Flag Football is to teach the fundamentals of football while building the social and emotional well being of each participant. Participants will hone in on football fundamentals through agility drills, speed drills, skills training, and conditioning. Team building exercises are incorporated throughout the program to build and strengthen character, confidence, self-esteem, and a “team-first” attitude. Foundation Flag Football for Youth takes place on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for ages 6-9, and from 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. for ages 10-13. Pre-registration is required.