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Ocean Beach Recreation Center

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Program Guide

What's Coming

Our Summer Movies in the Park program is set to kick off on Friday July 26th with Kung Fu Panda 4 at Dusty Rhodes Park. Followed by Lilo & Stich on Friday August 30th at the OB Elementary school field. Movies begin at Dusk and will have activities as well as sponsor booths for children and adults. So bring your blankets and lawn chairs and spend an evening under the stars with a family friendly movie at your local park! 

Our Summer programs include Basketball Fundamentals for Kids ages 8 to 12 that will start on July 16th in the gym at Ocean Beach Recreation Center. Also for that same age group we have Soccer Fundamentals for Kids starting June 10th and another class starting on July 15th. 

We are also offering our popular Toddler Class in an expanded form starting on June 5th and another class on July 24th for your toddlers. We will be hosting the Fun Friday Class on July 26th with limited spaces still available. 

We are proud to introduce three new programs LAND, AIR, and WATER offered by the San Diego River Park Foundation all in our Kids Day out program. Sign up for one or all three, Water and Air at Robb Field and Land at Ocean Beach Recreation Center. 

Natural LAW is based on close observation of nature to provide a gateway to discover the natural world. Science starts with a question. The answer is the process of learning about the natural world through observation and experimentation. During the field trip to the San Diego River, students will experience nature, contribute to community science, and use observation-based learning to foster an appreciation for the riparian ecosystem all while enjoying the great outdoors. Your students will observe and identify the native flora and fauna surrounding the San Diego River riparian ecosystem using hands-on investigation to encourage understanding and inspire wonder. This is a great opportunity to align with NGSS Standards while providing an environmental education experience in your own backyard – the San Diego River. 

WATER Field Trip Students learn about the San Diego River Watershed and how that river impacts our region and the Pacific Ocean. Using the same tools as professional ecologists, students examine the small invertebrates that live in the water to determine the pollution levels and health of the San Diego River. Students discuss the impact of environment changes and humans have on the health of the river and discover the merits of possible solutions to keeping our environment healthy. 

10:00 am-1:00 pm June 15 at Robb Field's Jim Howard Hall 

***Lunch will need to be brought to Robb Field** 

*** Children will need to be pick-up/ drop off at Robb Field*** 

AIR Field Trip Learn how to identify the myriad of bird species that either visit San Diego or call the estuary home. Learn why birds are an important part of the ecosystem and how to identify what they eat by their wings, beaks, and feet. Examine an owl's left-overs to discover who came to dinner and why birds are so important. 

10:00 am – 1:00 pm July 20th at Robb Field's Jim Howard Hall 

***Lunch will need to be brought to Robb Field** 

*** Children will need to be pick-up/ drop off at Robb Field*** 

LAND Field Trip Students will learn about native and invasive plant species, how to identify plant structure, systems and which plants were important to the Kumeyaay People. They will also learn how to detect mammals, amphibians, and reptiles by the clues they leave behind. Create animal scat that can be used to nurture native nature. 

10:00 am – 1:00 pm August 17th at Ocean Beach Rec Center 

***Lunch will need to be brought to Ocean Beach Recreation Center 

*** Children will need to be pick-up/ drop off at Ocean Beach Rec Center 

All of our Summer Programs can be found at SD RecConnect webite

Under Ocean Beach Recreation Center Summer 2024. Except our Kids day out Water and Air which are under Robb Field Summer 2024. 

For our Open Play Schedule that includes Pickleball and basketball please see calendar below.​ 




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The Ocean Beach Recreation Center offers Youth/Adult Self Defense classes, Kids Cooking and Baking Classes, Pee Wee Sports, Kids Art and Craft Classes, Youth Basketball Leagues, Youth Volleyball Leagues, as well as Adult Pottery/Sculpture Classes, Adult Coed Dodgeball Leagues, Adult Coed Kickball Leagues, Women’s Softball Leagues, & Men’s 16" Softball Leagues.

History of the Center

With dedication and grand opening 1946, the center is one of the oldest in the City.

Directions and Bus Route

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From Interstate 8 west take the Sunset Cliffs Boulevard exit and turn left. Continue on Sunset Cliffs to Santa Monica Avenue and turn left. The center is on the left, across from the elementary school.

The center is accessible by bus via SDMTS Routes 35 and 923.