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Youth & Teen Programs

Our Mission Statement:

To provide personal, social and recreational programs to teens in a safe and positive environment that will enhance personal and social skills, teach responsibility and leadership, and promote individual self esteem.

Open Monday - Friday, after school.

Open to teens (13-18 years old) who live in Long Beach or attend a Long Beach School. Student ID or proof of residency required.

The city of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department is leading the way in programming for teens. Within walking distance of area high schools at five local parks, Teen Centers cover every corner of the City. Activity-filled calendars are planned for fun, exercise, building confidence, growing friendships, and discovering talents. The doors are open for teens in Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine.

  • Have Some Fun
    You deserve it! Let your hair down! Pull out all the stops! We've got Disco Days, Hoop Shoots, Tournaments, Arts & Crafts and After-Game Dances (Open to high school students from school served. Student ID required.)
  • Go Where The Action Is!
    Get out of the house. You and your friends belong where the action is: at Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Teen Center. There are Games (Video, Ping Pong, Pool Tables), Television, Movies, Camping Trips, Day Trips to Amusement Parks and more!
  • Find A Job
    Need ways to earn some extra cash? With parent and school permission, teens 14-19 years can look for a job. Visit the Teen Centers for help. Check out the Job Board and Employment Services at your Teen Center.
  • Use Your Brain!
    It's a fact of life. We've all got to go to school, so deal with it! Come to a quite place where you can do your assignments and get some help. Most facilities have Libraries and Study Rooms, Computer Labs, Homework Help, and numerous Classes and Workshops available.
  • Get Involved In Your Community
    Be part of something big. Help Others. Learn job skills. Participate in a Volunteer Advisory Committee or other Volunteer Opportunities. Parents can get involved too, with the Parent Advisory Council.
  • Sports Action
    Pick your sport. Play hard. Your local teen center offers Pickup Games, Tournaments, and Intramural Games between other Teen Centers in town.

Cesar Chavez "The Zone"

401 Golden Ave.
(562) 570-8890
Hours: M-F, 11 am - 5 pm

  • Program features: computers (with parent permission slips only), arts and crafts, games, gym, weight room, sports, video games and special projects

Freeman Community Center

1205 Freeman Avenue
(562) 570-8688
Hours: M-F, 11 am - 5 pm

  • Intramural sports, homework & computer workshops, youth employment service, field trips, cooking classes & more

Houghton Park Teen Center

6301 Myrtle Ave.
(562) 570-1640
Serving Jordan High and neighborhood teens
Hours: M-F, 11 am - 5 pm

  • Hiking, game tournaments, tape ball, pool table, air hockey & ping-pong
  • Big screen TV hosts PSll, Game Cube, Xbox,
  • Organized sports, arts, crafts, games & field trips
  • Computer workshops, youth employment service, field trip

Silverado Teen Center

1545 W. 31st St.
(562) 570-1675
Serving Cabrillo High and neighborhood teens
Hours: M-F, 11 am - 5 pm

    • Homework assistance & computer lab
    • Pool, Air Hockey, Playstation 3, Xbox, Foosball
    • Cooking classes, tournaments, arts & crafts, movie nights
    • Community projects, field trips & holiday special events
    • Weight room, sports & sport tournaments

Mobile Recess Program (Oct. 12 through Dec. 18)

This PRM program will bring an array of free activities to designated neighborhood streets throughout the city for youth ages 5 to 14 (grades K-8), including homework help, arts and crafts and fitness activities. Mobile Recess is free and supplies and equipment will be provided at no cost. The program will follow all safety protocols and will offer a 12:1 participant-to-staff ratio.Space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Registration will be available beginning Oct. 7 online or in person at the program location from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, beginning Oct. 12. To sign-up online, residents may visit the 
PRM website, click on the ‘Contract Class Registration’ tab on the left side of the page and search for the desired mobile recess location. Additional information is available by calling 562.570.3226. The Mobile Recess schedule will be as listed below: 

      • Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
        • Hellman Street, between Orange Avenue and Cerritos Avenue
        • 11th Street, between Junipero Avenue and Raymond Avenue
        • Baker Street, between Golden Avenue & Amebco Road 
        • East 67th Way, between Orcutt Avenue and Muriel Avenue
      • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
        • 17th Street, between Henderson Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
        • 8th Street, between Gladys Avenue and Freeman Avenue
        • 16th Street, between Gundry Avenue and Walnut Avenue 
        • Jackson Street, between Orange Avenue and Walnut Avenue
      • Fridays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
        • West Parade Street, between Harbor Avenue and Fashion Avenue
        • 23rd Street, between Cedar Avenue and Chestnut Avenue 

Mobile Recess sites were selected using the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Strategy as a guide to determine census tracts where there is a lack of access to recreation services.