The City of Peoria's Teen Program offers a variety of activities and events for teenagers and young adults. We specialize in things to do for teenagers and creating activities that are engaging for teens and their friends, as well as the opportunity to meet new people. Our programming includes dances, college campus tours, and special events at the Rio Vista Recreation Center. If it's happening for teens, it's on this page! Please bookmark this page and check back often to see the latest updates.
NOTICE: The City of Peoria transitioned to a new program called RecPlace on January 7, 2019. This replaces the previous system called RecConnect. Read a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the new system.
Step Out - Summer Recreation Program for Teens
Step Out is a great program for young teens looking for something to do during the summer. This exciting program features arts & crafts, group games and on-site tournaments. Optional off-site field trips will be offered throughout the week at an additional cost. Trip information will be available at the sites and online in May.
ALL children entering grades 6th-9th (ages 10-15 years old)
Dates: June 3– July 11, 2019 (Closed July 4th, 2019)
Times: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Locations: Desert Harbor Step-Out registration code: 9339
Oasis Elementary School registration code: 9340
Winter / Spring Teen Programs
Watch for Junior High Summer Activities coming at the end of March!
Featured Events / Activities
Rio Vista Dance
Dances are for 6th - 8th graders. Drinks, food, and snacks will be sold while supplies last.
When: Fri. April 12, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 at the door
Lock In @ Rio Vista
Join us at Rio Vista for this overnight lock-in event. We will provide dinner (pizza and a drink), a snack, and breakfast. Bring a pillow/sleeping bag and extra cash for the snack bar.
Fee: $30 Early Bird registration (before March 13), $38 per person (after March 13)
When: March 15-16, 2019: 8:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Location: Rio Vista Rec Center
College Campus Tours
College-bound students are invited to join us on a day trip to take a tour of a college campus. Tours meet out in front of Rio Vista Rec Center.
University of Arizona (UofA) College Campus Tour
When: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019: 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Age: 14 - 18 Freshman-Seniors
Arizona State University (ASU) College Campus Tour
When: Thursday, March 21st, 2019: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Age: 14 - 18 Freshman-Seniors
Teen Activities at the Community Center
Call 623-773-7436 for details on these activities at the Community Center. Register for Teen Activities online.
Fitness/Dance Room (for youth and family)
We welcome fitness buffs and dancers alike to enjoy the Fitness Room at the Community Center. Dancers may schedule the use of the room in 45 minute blocks between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Use of the Fitness Room is for practice that does not involve any paid instruction classes.
Fitness Room and equipment is available to ages 16+ with signed fitness waiver. Call 623-773-7436 for public availability. There can be no paid instruction of any kind.
Events, clubs, arts and crafts and so much more available
Peoria Youth Advisory Board
Make a difference in your community, make new friends, learn leadership skills, and get involved! If you are currently in grades 7th-11th and a City of Peoria resident, you are eligible to join. The Youth Advisory Board consists of nineteen local youth who advise the City Council, through the City Manager, on recreation programs, events, ordinances and proposals pertaining to youth within our community. Representatives are appointed by City Council, from all areas of the City, from local, charter, and private schools. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office at (623) 773-7340.
Genesis Youth Center
Inside the Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson St.
Youth ages 14-21 can receive employment and educational services such as resume writing, interviewing skills, career exploration, federal student aid assistance, financial literacy, understanding job applications, job seeking, life skills workshops and soft skill workshops at the center. The Genesis Youth Center is a collaboration between the Maricopa County Human Services, Workforce Development Division and the City of Peoria and is funded by the Workforce Investment Act. For more information, contact The Peoria Youth Hub at (623) 878-0416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.