The City of Reykjavík's recreational activities focus on safety and well-being. We work on self-image, social skills, caring, engagement, and participation for children and adolescents. The recreational activities also focus on prevention, education, and fun.

The recreational activities take place in after-school programs, youth centers, and youth centers for disabled children in the city's districts.

After-school program

Every primary school has an after-school program with a variety of organized recreational activities for children ages 6 through 9. Children can stay in the after-school program from the time school is finished until 5pm, and throughout the day in summer. Afternoon refreshments, fruits, vegetables, bread, and healthy drinks are provided.

Youth centers

Youth centers in Reykjavík offer a variety of recreational activities for 10–16 year-old children and adolescents. Youth centers are open after school ends, at night, and during the summer. The youth centers’ agenda is available on their websites and social media.

The Recreation Card

The Recreation Card is a voucher system for the recreation of children and adolescents ages 6-18 with legal residence in Reykjavík. The voucher amounts to 75,000 kr. a year, and you can use it to pay off some of your child's attendance and exercise fees.

Reykjavík City Education Policy – Let Dreams Come True

City of Reykjavík primary schools follow the National Primary School Curriculum with reference to the Reykjavík City Education Policy. The main objective of the Policy is for all children to grow, develop and feel happy in a democratic society that is based on human rights and respect for the diversity of human life.

Through robust school and recreation activities, children and young people gain education and experience to realize their dreams and have a positive impact on their environment and society. The Education Policy is based on five fundamental elements: social skills, empowerment, literacy, creativity, and health.

Recreation centers

The four recreation centers are responsible for the operation of after-school programs for 6–9 year-olds and youth centers for 10–16 year-olds. They also participate in neighborhood partnerships, host events, and provide various facilities for neighborhood residents. The youth councils operate withing the recreation centers.