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Community Center Recreation Programs

Information about youth out-of-school-time programs at CABQ community centers.

Cesar Chavez Community Center Hallway

Before and/or after school programs are available at most of our community centers. These programs provide planned, organized, and supervised activities designed to meet the recreational needs of children who attend.

For additional information, contact the nearest community center in your area or contact the Community Recreation & Educational Initiative Division office at 505-767-5800.

Community Center Before and/or After School Programs (School Year)

Availability

Before and/or after school programs are available at most of our community centers. Children attending kindergarten through age 15 are eligible. Registration is limited.

Many community centers are currently accepting new participants. Register at play.cabq.gov

Dates & Hours

Programming varies by location, including transportation and before school options. The program runs from the first day of school to the last day of school.

The before school program typical starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs until school starts; school start times vary. The after school program starts when school is released until 5:30 p.m.

The following are City of Albuquerque observed holidays, during which all CABQ community centers and programs will be closed:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

CABQ community centers will also be closed some days for staff training and cleaning. Notices will be posted in advance.

Registration

2022 Fall Registration opens Aug. 1 at 8 a.m.

Online registration is ongoing until full. Open spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration can be completed by visiting play.cabq.gov.

Registration Fee

There is a $10.00 non-refundable registration fee due for each child enrolled into the program. There are no regular fees for the program.

Community Center Summer Program

An image of children playing in a City park.

Availability

The Community Center Summer Recreation Program is offered for eight weeks every year for children ages 5 to 15 at each CABQ community center. Children who are 5 years old at the time of registration must turn 6 by Sept. 1.

Dates & Hours

June to August (specific dates will be announced): Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration

The date to enter the online lottery will be announced. Due to the high participant demand, a "lottery-style" selection of participants is used. Once a center's registration is full, a waiting list is kept and maintained. Registrants will be notified as space becomes available.