Upcoming Special Events

Free Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic

Hundreds of local children will get a chance to attend a free baseball clinic with some of the most knowledgeable youth coaches in the country thanks to a local car dealership.   

Prince Automotive in Valdosta along with The Southern Chevy Dealers are bringing the Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic to Vallotton Youth Athletic Complex in Valdosta on Wednesday, April 17th.  It’s one of three such clinics in South Georgia and North Florida.

Coaches from Ripken Baseball will be running the 3-hour evening clinic.  The program is derived from the wisdom and skills of baseball’s legendary Ripken family: Cal Ripken, Sr.; Cal Ripken, Jr.; and Bill Ripken.  The staff uses the unique program to teach young players the essentials of throwing, hitting, and fielding for baseball and softball, all while providing a fun experience.

The clinic is open to children ages 5-14 and is free to all.  The clinic is open to the first 200 registrants.  Registration closes two days before the clinic date.  Sign up by visiting www.princeautovaldosta.com.

WHO: PRINCE AUTOMOTIVE and VLPRA
WHAT: FREE CHEVY YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC, POWERED BY RIPKEN BASEBALL
WHERE: VALLOTTON YOUTH COMPLEX (700 Woodlawn Dr. Valdosta GA 31602)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17th
             Check-in: 5:00-6:00 PM
             Clinic:  6:00-9:00 PM
             Snack: 9:00 PM

Image of boy catching a baseball.

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Movie in the park: Zootopia

Valdosta Main Street, VLPRA and The City of Valdosta will host this FREE event on the Historic Lowndes County Courthouse Square. Join us for a Movie in the Park to celebrate Earth Day! We are showing Disney's animated Film "Zootopia.". It's happening Saturday, April 27th at 7:45 PM. Bring a blanket or chairs for a fun, free family night! No registration required- just show up! Picnics welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. "Zootopia" is rated PG. Limited concessions will be available for purchase. Enjoy a special night out in Downtown Valdosta!

Date:         Saturday, April 27th
Time:        7:45 PM (Sunset)
Location:     Downtown Valdosta Courthouse Square
Cost:        FREE

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Father-Son campout

Go camping in the outfield!  Boys ages 4 & up can spend the night on the South Lowndes Ballfield with their father (or adult male family member) at VLPRA’s Father/Son Campout!  Activities will include a cookout, games, s’mores, night baseball & a movie on the backstop. We provide all the activities plus dinner, s'mores, and breakfast Saturday morning.  You bring your own tent and sleeping bags.  Tent setup begins at 6:00pm Friday. Space is extremely limited.
Date:         Friday, May 17th
Time:        6:00 pm – 8:00 am
Location:     South Lowndes Ballfields (6440 Ocean Pond Ave, Lake Park)
Cost:        $35 per dad
Registration:    March 18th - May 12th

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4th of July fireworks

Watch fireworks light up the night sky as we celebrate Independence Day. The show is best viewed on the east side (mall side) of I-75 between Exits 16 and 18. There is no admission to view our show. If we experience weather issues, show will be moved to Friday, July 5th.

Date: Thursday, July 4th

Time: Nightfall (usually between 9:15 and 9:30 PM)

Cost: FREE


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Types of Events

Movies in the park

VLPRA offers free movies in our parks and public places in Valdosta & Lowndes County throughout the year. Movies are usually family friendly features with G and PG ratings and we often show big name blockbusters from Disney and Pixar.  We sometimes offer a PG-13 film for an older audience.  We show the movies on our massive inflatable 20-foot screen starting at dusk.  Please check above for individual dates.

INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS

VLPRA is proud to offer the largest public fireworks display in South Georgia.  Our fireworks are always on July 4th and start between 9:15 PM - 9:30 PM.  The location is TBD.

VLPRA/MOody afb fishing rodeo

VLPRA partners with Moody Air Force Base each year to offer our annual Fishing Rodeo.  Anyone can fish, but the competition is open to 5-18 year olds in separate categories.  The rodeo is usually held in September or October of each year at a minimal cost with live bait provided.  We have a category for bank fishing and for boat fishing. 

Stocked Cart Race

Runners, start your engines for the wackiest, most fun event of the year!  Our annual Stocked Cart Race is basically a 50-yard dash where runners push decorated shopping carts.  Businesses, schools, churches, families, and groups of friends enter as teams.  Teams are given one shopping cart each to decorate and race. We have a double elimination bracket and race head to head until we have a fastest cart.

The most important part of the event: the entry fee is food for Hungry at Home.  Each team must bring at least $25 of food (no money, please).  The more food, the better as we hand out awards for most food raised, best decorated cart, and fastest cart. Hungry at Home is a local non-profit that sends food home on Fridays with kids who don't have enough to eat on the weekends.  All donated food must be kid-friendly and not require a can opener or stove.  Think: pop top Chef Boyardee meals, granola bars, oatmeal packets, pop top tuna kits, vienna sausages, raisins, etc.  Find out more about Hungry at Home at their website: www.hungryathome.org.

The Stocked Cart Race happens the first Saturday in November at Lowes Home Improvement on St. Augustine Road.  Registration runs from September to Race Day.

Father/Son Campout

Go camping in the outfield!  Boys ages four and up can spend the night on the South Lowndes Ball Field with their father or adult male family member at this overnight event.  Activities include a cookout, games, s'mores, night baseball, and a movie on the backstop.  Dinner is provided Friday night and breakfast is provided Saturday morning.  Bring your own tent and bag chairs; tent set up begins at 6:00 PM Friday.  Space is limited.  Event typically happens in the fall.  Fees are TBD.

Six Days of Christmas

VLPRA's Six Days of Christmas features six days of holiday fun spread out through the month of December.  We show movies, have a free Christmas concert, eat a catered meal with Santa Claus, create gingerbread cookie masterpieces, and cap it off with an Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K.