Year Round Programs for Youth & Adults


Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation offers a variety of year-round activities for youth and adults including youth cooking, tennis lessons, cotillion, summer camps, fitness classes for all levels, and more!.

For questions on any class, lesson, or program, call 910-256-7925 or email.


It is with such sadness but out of great concern for everyone's safety that the Town of Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Department must cancel all programs and activities until further notice due to COVID-19. We will make every effort to reschedule events and program activities as conditions allow.

 If you have any questions, please contact Katie Ryan, Recreation Program Supervisor, via email or call 910-256-7925.  


Youth Programs:

Adult Programs:

  • Tennis Lessons - Register Now!
  • Pickleball Lessons - Start April 28
  • Pickleball Open Play - Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
    • April - September: 7:00 - 10:00 am 
    • October - March: 8:00 - 11:00 am
  • Line Dancing
  • Shag Lessons - Please call for start date! 
  • Ongoing Fitness Classes

Youth & Adult Tennis Lessons

Tennis Lessons are offered for youth ages 6 - 8 and 9 - 12 as well as for adults. Group Lessons meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at Wrightsville Beach Park. Fees for six one-hour Lessons are $60 for Wrightsville Beach Residents and $75 for Non-Residents. Lessons may be scheduled on other days based for your group of six or more. Private and semi-private Lessons are also available. Tennis Pro Jackie Jenkins has been a UKLTA registered coach since 1977. She has established a strong reputation as an effective teacher who gets results. New sessions starting soon.

Pickleball Lessons and Open Play

Wondering what it's all about? Looking for exercise with a big dose of fun? Pickleball, part tennis, part ping-pong, and part badminton, is one of the fastest growing sports today. Pickleball is played on a badminton size court with a lowered net. It is played with a perforated plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles. The game is easy to learn and requires little athletic ability. You can play at a slow level, or at a highly competitive level.  On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 - 11:00, courts are set up for open play - on the pickleball-lined tennis courts - come out and join the fun!

Line Dancing Lessons

Get ready for weddings, concerts in the park, birthday parties and other events with the knowledge of popular line dancing. Line Dancing Classes are held in the Fran Russ Recreation Center located behind Town Hall at Wrightsville Beach Park. Pre-registration is required.

Shag Lessons

Learn the basic shag step as you dance to beach music, or complement your basic shag knowledge in our intermediate class. Instructors Ken and Sandy Jones can teach anyone to shag. No partner is needed for these lessons held on Thursday evenings in four-week sessions. Our Beginner class starts at 6:45 p.m. followed by our Intermediate class at 7:45 p.m. Classes are held in the Fran Russ Recreation Center located behind Town Hall. Wrightsville Beach Residents $40 and Non-Residents $50. Pre-registration is required.

After-School Program

Parks and Recreation offers an after school program for Wrightsville Beach Elementary School students weekdays until 6 p.m. in the Recreation Center. We transport the children from the school using our department van. **This program has been suspended due to building damage from Hurricane Florence. We hope to resume the program when students return to WBES in the falll of 2020!**


Cape Fear Cotillion and Pre-Cotillion sessions are offered at the Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center. Cape Fear Cotillion is a fun, affordable cotillion program for youth. The weekly sessions include lessons in ballroom and popular dance along with invaluable etiquette and social skills needed for all occasions. Classes are held on Tuesdays: Pre-Cotillion for ages 4 - 8 meets from 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. and Cotillion for ages 9 - 12 meets from 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Pre-registration is required. 

Performance Club

Come join the Performance Club at Wrightsville Beach. Performance Club is a tuition based theater-program led by L.J. Woodard. Each session ends with a live stage production at the Wrightsville Beach Amphitheater. No auditions are required. Performance Club meets on Thursdays and pre-registration is required.

Kids Cooking Classes

Does your child like to cook? Would they like to learn? Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation has stirred up something just for them, a fun hands-on youth cooking class. Pre-registration is required. 

Safe Sitter Babysitter Training Course

Safe Sitter teaches young teens (11 - 14) everything they need to know to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who's choking, and helpful information like what to do if there's severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use CPR manikins to practice CPR and choking rescue. Pre-registration is required. 

Youth Basketball Instructional League

Participants will learn the fundamentals of basketball (dribbling, shooting, passing, and defense) for the first part of the clinic. The second half of the clinic we will have controlled games or scrimmages to improve basketball IQ and awareness. We will have a championship game the last week of the program! Instructional league is held on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. for ages 6-9, and from 5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for ages 10-12. Pre-registration is required.

Foundation Flag Football for Youth


Foundation Flag Football is a co-ed program for ages 6-12. The purpose of Foundation Flag Football is to teach the fundamentals of football while building the social and emotional well being of each participant. Participants will hone in on football fundamentals through agility drills, speed drills, skills training, and conditioning. Team building exercises are incorporated throughout the program to build and strengthen character, confidence, self-esteem, and a “team-first” attitude. Foundation Flag Football for Youth takes place on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. for ages 6-9, and from 5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for ages 10-13. Pre-registration is required.

Soccer Skills Instruction 

The goal of the Wilmington Hammerheads and Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation is to provide the highest quality soccer coaching program to the youth of our community.  Hammerhead Players and Youth staff will teach the fundamental skills and advanced technical and tactical play necessary to enhance each player’s game. The soccer skills instruction program takes place on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for ages 5-11 years old (K-5th grade). Pre-registration is required.

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