The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs for teens that encourage development through active play, outdoor exploration, the arts, critical thinking, and leadership activities. Teen Recreation programs offer participants a way to interact and create friendships with other teens around the city.

Teen Turn Up Series

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department presents Teen Turn Up Series! Teens from across the city come together once a month to enjoy music, delicious food, fun games, and more. These free events are for ages 11 to 17 and begins at 6:00pm to 8:00pm for each event listed below.

"Spring Out" - April 15th, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

"Fear Factor Games" - February 21st, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

"Laser Tag" - May 17th, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

"Movie Night" - January 17th, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

"Glow Out" - March 20th, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Givens Recreation Center Teen Turn Up Event - Teens work as a grou, following clues around the recreation center in order to find a treat which turns out to be a chocolate fountain and fresh fruit. Teens dip fresh fruit in chocolate fountain and enjoy the prize together.

Summer Teen Camps

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers diverse, educational, and action-packed Summer Camps for teens. The following sites will offer Summer Camps in 2019.  Our mission is to provide teens with a safe and fun way to spend summer days. Our programs offers opportunities to explore nature, give back to the community, stay active through swimming and sports, and participate in activities that foster social and emotional wellness.

To search and register for programs, visit

Summer Teen Camp


Friday Night Hoops

The following sites will offer Friday Night Hoops:

  • Dittmar Recreation Center: 1009 W. Dittmar Rd. Austin, TX 78745 (512)974-6090
  • Turner-Roberts Recreation Center: 7201 Colony Loop Dr. Austin, TX 78724 (512)978-2690
  • Gus Garcia Recreation Center: 1201 E. Rundberg Ln. Austin, TX 78753 (512)978-2525
  • Givens Recreation Center: 3811 E. 12th St. Austin, TX 78721 (512)974-2430
  • George Morales Recreation Center: 5801 Ainez Dr. Austin, TX 78744 (512)974-3840

Friday NIght Hoops

Counselor in Training Program 

Counselor In Training is a leadership development program with a focus on expanding our participants' professional skillsets. In addition, we aim to provide our CITs with fun recreational opportunities in a camp setting. The following sites will offer Counselor in Training Programs for teens in 2019: 

Teen After School

Dittmar Recreation Center

Dittmar Recreation Center is proud to offer Teen After School for youth attending Bedichek Middle School, Bailey Middle School, and Covington Middle School. The Teen After School Program is designed to foster development through active play and enrichment activities. The schedule includes: a healthy snack, homework/reading time, staff led active play, and theme based enrichment activities. Participants will ride in a City of Austin 15 passenger van from school to Dittmar Recreation Center. Register at

Northwest Recreation Center

Teen Programs Dream Big






Learn more about the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Recreation Center programming by visiting