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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 (December 6 through February 25)

Long Beach, CA – The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will continue offering its Mobile Recess Program with a new series beginning Dec. 6 and through Feb. 25, 2022. Registration for the new series, operating weekdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m., begins Monday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m. in person and online.

PRM staff will drive trucks loaded with supplies and equipment to designated neighborhood streets and provide recreation activities for youth ages 5 through 14 (Grades K-8). Streets are blocked off for safety and kids participate in supervised physical fitness and arts and crafts activities. 

Beginning Nov. 22, people may register online on LBParks.org, or in person at any of the participating Mobile Recess locations, Monday through Friday, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Registration will remain open until the program reaches capacity. Space is limited, advance sign-ups are required, and all sign-ups are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Mobile Recess Program will be held at the following locations:

  • Monday & Wednesday Sites
    • Atlantic Plaza Park, located in the Carmelitos Housing Community, 1000 Via Wanda Ave.
    • Craftsman Village Park, 851 Orange Ave.
  • Tuesday & Thursday Sites
    • Rose Park, corner of Orizaba Avenue and 8th Street
    • 17th Street between Henderson Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
  • Friday Sites
    • 23rd Street between Cedar Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
    • Burton Chace Park, located at Market Street and Dairy Avenue

To ensure the safety of all participants and staff, the Mobile Recess Program will implement the following COVID-19 safety protocols:

  • Health screenings for participants and staff.
  • Limiting the number of participants in each location.
  • Maintaining no larger than a 14:2 participant-to-staff ratio.
  • Implementing physical distancing protocols, including at check-in and checkout.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing facilities multiple times each day.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all high-touch areas frequently.

The Mobile Recess Program is made possible by federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocated under the Long Beach Recovery Act. The Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the Long Beach Recovery Act in March of 2021, becoming one of the first major cities to approve to COVID-19 recovery program utilizing ARPA and other federal funding. Additional information about the Long Beach Recovery Act is available at longbeach.gov/recovery.

For additional information about the Mobile Recess Program and other activities for youth, people may visit  Mobile Recess Website, or call 562.570.3150.