The Active Lifestyles Program offers year-round instructional classes.
See our Active Lifestyles Newsletter for current classes.

Class Sessions

Class sessions are offered on a quarterly basis:
  • Summer Session: July through September
  • Fall Session: October through December
  • Winter Session: January through March
  • Spring Session: April through June


Registration begins approximately five weeks before classes begin.  


A variety of two-dimensional mediums of watercolor, acrylic painting, oil painting, and drawing are taught by art professionals. Classes are offered for the novice to the knowledgeable.

Crafts & Hobbies

For those who truly enjoy hands-on learning. In addition to upholstery, ceramics, new classes are periodically added.


Classes from the basic to the intermediate. In today's high-tech world;knowing your computer and its functions is to your advantage.


Line Dance lessons for the novice to the advanced are offered.

AARP Defensive Driving Classes

The two-day classes are offered throughout the year at various centers. Refresh your driving skills, lower your risk of accidents, and possibly receive a discount on your insurance. Find the nearest course listed in the Active Lifestyles Newsletter or the Newport News Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Program Guide.

Personal Well-Being

Improve your balance and stamina through gentle Yoga and Tai Chi classes.  Boot Camp for Seniors is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Cener with a variety of interval stations to help you reach your fitness goals. The Walk With Ease classes are offered at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM.

Fashion Elegantés

Walking the runway, wearing designer clothing, and celebrating the positive attitude of today's seniors is what Fashion Elegantés is all about. Comprised of mature adults, these "elegant" men and women have been putting on fashion shows since 1991. New members are always welcome. "The Essence of Modeling" course (fee) is required and helps develop poise and confidence. Annual membership fee.

Class Registration

Walk-in and mail-in registrations are accepted at:
Newport News Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Fountain Plaza Two
700 Town Center Drive
Suite 320
Newport News, VA 23606

To pay by phone, call 757-926-1400 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. In addition, you may register online at Once online, you will be asked to set up your personal account that will allow you to register for classes online and from the comfort of your own home.  A valid email address is required.  Be aware that ActiveNet assesses a non-refundable convenience fee for this online service.


The Active Lifestyles Program accepts checks (with valid ID), money orders, cash, and most credit cards as payment (online registration will also accept American Express). When registering in person with a personal check, your name, current address, phone number, and identification number must be listed on the check. The check can only be accepted from the person whose name appears on the check and can only be written for the actual amount of the class fee. Make checks payable to: City of Newport News. A service fee will be assessed on all returned checks.

Class Cancellation Policy

All classes are subject to change if there is insufficient enrollment. Classes that have not met the minimum number of participants by the class registration deadline are automatically canceled, and refunds are issued if alternate classes are not available. Participants will be notified by phone and/or email if classes are canceled. For questions or to verify if a class is open, call 757-926-1400. If you must cancel your class registration, cancellation requests must be made in writing before the class registration deadline date in order to receive a refund.


Refunds will only be given if a written request is submitted that states the reason for the cancellation and is received by the Active Lifestyles Program at least one week prior to the class registration deadline date. Enrollee assumes the risk of changes in personal affairs or health. Please note that no refunds are issued after class registration deadline. All refunds are processed within 30 days of receiving the cancellation letter. There will be a 10% administrative fee for refunds made by the enrollee.

Class Information

Please call 757-926-1400 or fax 757-926-1460 for class information. For telecommunication assistance, use VA Relay 711.

New classes are added periodically. For information, call 757-926-1400 or check online.

Inclement Weather Policy

All Active Lifestyles programs, classes, and senior centers will be closed when City offices are closed or delayed.  In addition, the Active Lifestyles Program will be closed when Parks, Recreation & Tourism programs/facilities are closed.  Please call 757-926-1400 or 757-926-1446 for program-specific closings and updates.