Department of Parks and Recreation

Something for Every Teen!


teens working outArlington County has loads of places to go and things to do for teens...stuff developed by teens, for teens. Looking for a pickup game? After school club? Something to do on teacher work days? Trips? A place to be creative? Or just looking for a good place to chill with friends?

The listing below provides information on after school programs, evening programs, what do on teacher work days and holidays, teen centers, and even a listing of the many sports programs teens can enjoy in Arlington. Use this as a guide to connect with County programs for middle or high school students. If you have any questions to help us better develop programs and services for Arlington teens, call 703-228-4711, or e-mail the Office for Teens. TTY 711.

After School Teen Programs | Evening Teen Programs | Schools Off! | Come Create with Us! | Sports: Come Play with Us! | Hang Out & Chill Spots: Do Drop In! | TMAD | Jobs and Internship Programs: Come Grow with Us! | Back to Nature | Spring Break Camps

After School Teen Programs

Teens have fun, make new friends and develop skills at our after school programs. Center-based programs, held September to mid-June, can include music, dance, games, cooking, art, sport games, and activities chosen by teen participants. For more info contact the specific center for details.

  • Gunston Center Monday – Friday, 2:30-6pm (703-228-6980)
  • Langston-Brown Center, Monday - Friday, 3pm-6pm (703-228-4711)
  • Lubber Run Center, Monday - Friday, 3pm-6pm (703-228-4712)
  • Walter Reed Center, Monday - Friday, 3pm-6pm (703-228-0935)
  • Thomas Jefferson Center Monday – Friday, 2:30- 6pm (703-228-6983)
  • Middle School Teen Clubs @ Williamsburg, & Kenmore (703-228-7783)
  • Disc Jockey and Music Production @ TJ (703-228-7783)

Evening Teen Programs

teens roller skatingTeens have fun and make friends at these Center-based programs held September to mid-June. Teens help develop the activities, which can include music, dance, games, cooking, art, soccer, basketball and football. Contact the specific center for details.

  • Lubber Run Teen Game Room (703-228-4717)
  • Saturday Night Café @ TJ, most Saturdays, dates and times vary (703-228-7781)
  • TJ Teen Game Room/Gym (703-228-5920)
  • Teen Nights @ TJ, Every Saturday, October 19 – March 29, 9-10:45pm (sharp) (703-228-7783) (Note: There will be no skate nights around holiday weekends.)
  • Roller Skating @ TJ, Every Saturday, October - March, 6:30-8:30pm family skate (703-228-7783) (Note: There will be no skate nights holiday weekends.)

Schools Off!

What to do for Middle School Teacher Workdays? Call 703-228-7783.

Come Create with Us!

First Tee Golf PlayerSports: Come Play with Us!

Baseball | Basketball | Biking | Boxing | Cheerleading | Football | Gymnastics | Ice Hockey | Lacrosse | Skateboarding/Inline | Soccer | Softball | Swimming | Tennis | Track & Field | Volleyball

Teen Fitness & Weightlifting

  • Barcroft: Monday – Friday 4–7pm, 703-228-0701
  • Drew: Friday (only 14-18 yr olds), 6-9pm, 703-228-5725

The First Tee
Learn life skills & leadership through the game of golf for free! Weekly classes are held 5:00pm-6:30pm on Tuesday or Thursday for 6th-12th grade students in Arlington. Join us on-site or sign up for transportation. Pick up on Tuesdays will be at Lubber Run & TJ at 4:30 and return at 7:00pm. Pick up on Thursdays will be at Arlington Mill & Gunston 4:30 and 7:00pm return. Equipment is provided if needed. Classes are limited to 13 participants each session so email to register! Classes held at East Potomac Golf Course 972 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20002. Download The First Tee information flyer (PDF).

Hang Out & Chill Spots: Do Drop In!

teen playing table tennisThomas Jefferson
Daily 2:30-9:50pm (Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30pm until closing is adults only.) Drop in for pool, games, ping pong or use the gym for basketball, volleyball or soccer, 703-228-4711

Lubber Run
Fridays 6-9:30pm Game room, pool tables and ping pong table open in a casual atmosphere. (May be subject to cancellation for special events.), 703-228-4717

Monday to Friday, 6-9pm pool, ping pong, table games, and basketball, 703-228-5706

Walter Reed
Monday - Thursday 3:30-6:30pm, Saturday 2-4pm, and Sunday noon to 2pm (ages 15+), Fridays 3:30-10pm and Saturday noon to 2pm (ages 11-14)
Hang out in the Teen Lounge, play table games, ping pong, pool, or foosball, 703-228-0935

Teen Evening Mix @ Drew
Monday – Thursday 6-10pm, Friday 6-9pm. Activities for 14-18, including arts and crafts, games, sports, speakers, workshops, cooking, music, trips, special events and more, 703-228-5725

Teens Making a Difference (TMAD)

TMAD: Teens Making a Difference, offers community service, life skills, community projects, special events as well as other drop-in recreation activities for teens.

T-MAD at Drew- 6:00-8:00pm, Tuesdays @ Drew Center

T-MAD at Lubber Run- 6:30-8:30pm, Tuesdays @ Lubber Run Community Center

T-MAD at Langston- 4pm-6pm, Wednesdays @ Langston Center

For TMAD information, or to sign up, Contact: Desi Jerry at (703) 228-7781 or

Jobs and Internship Programs: Come Grow with Us!

teen volunteer interviewNational Youth Congress Internship Program
A 12-week job training and internship program in the field of parks, recreation and conservation. Must be an Arlington resident between the ages of 14-18 in high school. Includes mandatory overnight retreat in September for the Fall session and in March for the Spring session, followed by a 10-week paid internship working side by side with a recreation professional. 703-228-7781 or e-mail the Office for Teens.

Make a Difference: Be a Volunteer

  • There are so many ways teens can be a resource to the community!
  • Be event staff at a cultural celebration or other special event.
  • Help maintain a park, clean up a stream or bike trail, or remove invasive plants.
  • Tutor elementary age children in after school programs.
  • Assist in leading children in arts and crafts, sports, games and other recreational activities.

Ready to Sign Up? Individuals or groups interested, please e-mail the DPR Volunteer Office or call 703-228-4730.

Back to Nature

Campfires, Eco-Excursions, Creature Features, Hikes and More for Teen Groups
Teen and science clubs, volunteer and school groups, and scouts and other youth groups have access to outstanding group programs through Arlington's nature centers. 703-228-6525.

Last Modified: March 20, 2014
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611