Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
656 Whipple St.
Newport, RI 02841-1522
Whether you enjoy sailing, physical fitness, fine dining or just relaxing, the NS Newport MWR Program has something for you. MWR provides recreation, dining, entertainment and physical fitness programs and services to authorized patrons. Information about MWR programs, events and facilities may be found at www.navymwrnewport.com, the NS Newport and MWR Facebook pages, the MWR Twitter page @NAVSTANPTRIMWR and in the monthly MWR publication, Leisure Times Newsletter. Individual facility information may be obtained by calling or visiting the facility.
Whatever your leisure time interests, MWR has something for everyone. Visit facilities soon and often and take advantage of the many services and activities being offered. MWR hours of operation are subject to change.
MWR Services and Facilities
Auto Skills Center
Building 1285 (co-located with the Bayside Mini Mart)
1285 Whipple St.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Friday.
The Auto Skills Center has three work bays, two oil change lifts and one frame lift (small cars only) available for patron use. The center is a self-service facility. Available equipment for the do-it-yourself patron includes a battery charger and hand tools. There is one indoor, do-it-yourself car wash bay that is open 24/7 and four outdoor vacuums available for a nominal fee.
Child and Youth Programs
1376 Bushnell St. (near NUWC)
The NS Newport Child and Youth Programs provide quality and experienced child care in the Child Development Center and Child Development Homes. The CDC provides care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. CDH programs are provided for children 6 weeks to 12 years old.
Before and after-school care and summer camp are offered for school-aged children 5 (attending kindergarten) through 12 years of age. For the summer camp, children must have completed kindergarten.
Pre-teen and teen programs for children ages 9 to 18 are offered outside of normal business hours.
All Child and Youth Programs offer full-time spaces. Hourly care is offered when space is available at a fee of $4 per hour.
Child Development Center
Hours: 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The CDC program is led by qualified professionals in early childhood education whose major goal is to promote a child’s growth and development in a nurturing environment through meaningful learning experiences. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate, keeping in mind the specific needs of each individual child. Activities are planned; however, these plans are flexible depending on the daily interests and needs of the children. Children are invited and encouraged to participate in individual and group activities designed to promote social, emotional, intellectual (cognitive) and physical development.
Caregivers administer the curriculum and guide the children’s behavior.
The ratio of staff to children is always sufficient to maintain constant supervision and implement a developmentally appropriate program. Some examples of skills the CDC fosters are:
- Problem-solving skills.
- Socialization skills.
- Self-help skills.
- Health and safety.
- Self-expression and creativity.
- Communication and language skills.
- Large and small motor skills.
- Child Development Homes
Hours: Set individually by providers.
The CDH program is an alternative to center-based care and is often preferred by families because of the small group sizes, the home-like atmosphere and the flexible hours of operation that the center often cannot accommodate. CDHs provide a warm, family setting in which children can participate in developmentally appropriate learning activities, as well as home life experiences. The children are able to build a trusting relationship with a provider who will foster their curiosity and creativity, provide guidance and give them the hugs they need.
CDH providers must be Navy certified and reside in Balfour Beatty Housing. The certification process is provided through Child and Youth Programs and consists of basic first aid, CPR, child abuse prevention, child development, activity planning, nutrition, business practices and parent-customer relations. In addition to the provider’s certification, they receive monthly unannounced home inspections by the Child and Youth Programs director or CDH monitor and must successfully complete all required background screenings. Providers are also required to complete monthly trainings to ensure they provide the best possible care to children.
Youth Center, Building 1297
The School-age Care program offers before- and after-school care for children ages 5 through 12. The program is affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H, offering programs such as Power Hour, Project Learn and Smart Moves. During school vacation days and weeks, full-day care is provided at the center.
School-age Summer Camp
During the summer months, the school-age program offers a 10-week summer camp with weekly themes and field trips. Camp programs are available to children ages 5 through 12 years of age (children must have completed kindergarten). Summer camp is supervised by trained youth development professionals and a caring staff that gives special attention to your children.
Hours: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday (for ages 9 to 18), closed Saturday through Thursday and federal holidays.
The Teen Center is on the second floor of Building 1297, adjacent to the CDC. Open recreation is offered along with scheduled activities and special events. For more information on current programs and events, call the center.
John H. Chafee Fitness Center
1109 Taylor Drive
Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. federal holidays; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The fitness center offers a variety of fitness programs and equipment to all authorized patrons (active-duty personnel, reservists, retirees, eligible family members and DOD civilians). Nationally certified trainers are available for group and personal appointments by contacting the fitness office at 401-841-7354 or by stopping by the fitness center to fill out the request form. Commands may also reserve trainings and court space by contacting the fitness coordinator at 401-841-7355. An indoor running track and basketball and racquetball courts are also available. ID cards are required for admission at all times.
John H. Chafee Fitness Center Swimming Pool
1109 Taylor Drive
Hours: 6 to 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. federal holidays, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The 25-meter pool is open daily with lap and open recreational swim times available. Active-duty personnel, family members, Reservists, retirees and DOD employees swim for free during these times. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. hours are restricted — active-duty personnel have priority. Recreational swimming programs include swim lessons (private contract) for patrons and water fitness. The pool may be rented for special occasions, but reservations are required. Fees apply for swim lessons, water fitness (free for active-duty personnel), eligible guests and locker rental.
Coasters Harbor Island Conference Center
95 Perry Road
Sales Office Phone: 401-841-1442
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment.
Federal agencies and military groups are eligible to rent the Harbor Island Conference Center at NS Newport. Training rooms feature presentation equipment and comfortable seating at tables with plenty of workspace. Audio and visual equipment includes ceiling-mounted projectors, microphones, easels with flip chart paper and white boards with dry erase markers. Onsite catering and free Wi-Fi is also available.
Hewitt Hall Cafe, Naval War College
686 Cushing Road
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Located inside the Naval War College, the cafe is known as the most popular coffee spot to visit on a daily basis by students and patrons. Enjoy the beautiful view of Narragansett Bay while taking advantage of cafe dining and the large variety of items available.
Stop by and check out the grab-and-go convenience center with Starbucks coffee, gourmet sandwiches, hot soup, sushi, seasonal fruit, yogurt parfaits, pastries and much more.
The full-service cafe personnel are skilled in the catering field and often cater for retirements and promotion ceremonies, conferences, war games and distinguished guests. For more information, call the Officers’ Club catering office at 401-841-1442.
MWR offers discount tickets to local attractions available for purchase at Leisure Bay Coffee Shoppe, Seaview Lanes Bowling Center and the John H. Chafee Fitness Center. Check the GOTickets brochure at various MWR facilities to see available ticket options, including Disney, Universal, Legoland and more These pink forms are available at a kiosk at all MWR facilities (Officers’ Club, Seaview Lanes Bowling Center, Child Development Center, School Age Care, Community Recreation Center, Leisure Bay Coffee Shoppe and the John H. Chafee Fitness Center). Fill out the pink form and show ID, and the MWR representative will take your form and give it to a GOTickets representative. There is a 48-hour turnover from the time the GOTickets representative receives the pink form and contacts you.
The purpose of this form is for the MWR employee to verify your ID, which is critical because it tells them what discount promotions are available based on your military status. Once the form is completed, it is routed back to GOTickets and they are able to contact you, answer any questions and process the sale. Purchased tickets are then available for pick up at Seaview Lanes Bowling Center, or they can be sent overnight via FedEx for a $15 fee.
Leisure Bay Internet Cafe and Coffee Shoppe
1255 Whipple St.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday (drive-thru window opens at 6:30 a.m.), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays.
Send email, network with your friends for a game or surf the web at the MWR computer cafe. There are 15 internet-ready PCs with CAC card readers, the latest software and printer capabilities waiting for you. Free wireless is also available. The coffee shop offers Starbucks coffee drinks, gourmet sandwiches, hot soup, sushi, seasonal fruit, yogurt parfaits, pastries and much more.
Coasters Harbor Island Marina
1397 Perry Road
Hours: noon to a half-hour before sunset Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to a half-hour before sunset on weekends and holidays, May through October.
Located near Gate 1, across from the Officers’ Club, the Coasters Harbor Island Marina offers sailing and powerboating classes to authorized patrons, ages 18 and older. Berthing is available, as well as a boat launching ramp for towed boats. Sailboats and powerboats may be rented with an appropriate qualification card. Kayaks and paddleboards can be rented without a qualification card.
95 Perry Road
Topside Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and federal holidays. The kitchen closes an hour before closing time. During the summer, hours are extended and Topside moves to the deck.
Conveniently located just inside Gate 1, the Newport Officers’ Club is one of the Navy’s premier clubs. It sits on the rocky shoreline of Narragansett Bay with sweeping views of the Newport Bridge, Jamestown and the surrounding islands.
The O’Club offers quality, excellence and value for every catered event, as well as a casual dining facility. The grand ballroom is the perfect setting for events such as weddings, dining in, dinner dances, luncheons and meetings. The grand ballroom is fitted with three drop-down screens, built-in LCD projectors and complete audio hookups.
Enjoy the all-hands casual dining experience for lunch, either on the south deck, weather permitting during the summer, or in the Topside restaurant. The south deck sits right on the water and offers a full-size, sit-down bar with a glorious view of Narragansett Bay. Cafe-style seating is also available. Daily lunch and dinner specials are available Monday through Friday.Picnic and Recreation Areas and Sports Fields
Bishop’s Rock is near the base chapel and Kay Hall (Building 1801). The area may be reserved for picnics from 11 a.m. to dusk, Memorial Day weekend through September. Reservations are taken at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center, which can be reached at 401-841-7355. Call for the current per-day rental cost.
Carr Point picnic and recreation area is north of Pier Two on Burma Road in Portsmouth. Three picnic areas with pavilions, barbecue pits, two softball fields, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and port-a-potty facilities are available. Reservations are taken at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center (401-841-7355).
Football, soccer and softball fields, Carr Point Fields: Intramural sports programs have first priority on these fields. Fields may be reserved by calling the John H. Chafee Fitness Center at 401-841-7355.
Tennis courts: Four Har-Tru courts, near Gate 1, are available on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise reserved from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. Users of these courts are asked to sweep or rake after play. Courts are maintained by the John H. Chafee Fitness Center (401-841-7355).
Recreational vehicle sites are available May through October at Carr Point. Site rentals include water and electricity. Sites may be reserved by calling the John H. Chafee Fitness Center at 401-841-7355.
Community Recreation Center
656 Whipple St.
Seaview Lanes Bowling Center
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. holidays.
Seaview Lanes Bowling Center is a friendly 12-lane center offering 10-pin bowling with a state-of-the-art electronic scoring and sound system, automatic bumpers for kids and an arcade area. Xtreme Bowling is held every Saturday night and features glow-in-the-dark balls, lanes, shoes and pins. Flashing neon lights illuminate the center for a fun family experience. In addition to serving an extensive pub menu, which includes appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads, pizza and more, Seaview Bowling Center is also available for children’s birthday parties, command functions and other group events. Call ahead at 401-841-4293 to place an order for pickup or have it ready to eat in house. The kitchen closes one hour before closing time.
The Clubs (Enlisted Club and CPO Club)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday (CPO closed on Tuesday), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. federal holidays.
Both clubs offer a comfortable place to relax, enjoy a meal and have a cold beverage. The CPO Club features pool tables, satellite flat-screen televisions, shuffleboard and darts. The CPO Club has an extensive pub menu, which includes appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and pizza.
The Enlisted Club is all-hands and offers a lunchtime all-you-can-eat-buffet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday offers pizza and salad and Thursday features the taco buffet. Enjoy your meals inside or outside on a shared spacious deck overlooking the water. The kitchen closes one hour before closing time.
Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. federal holidays.
The Liberty Program schedules and plans activities and trips targeted to single and unaccompanied service members who are 18-25 years old. The Liberty Center has eight computer stations with free internet access, plus Wi-Fi for personal laptops. There are pool tables; a foosball table; ping pong; three video gaming stations with Xbox, PlayStations 3 and 4, and Wii; and two TV viewing areas with recliners. There is also a small movie viewing room offering free movies from the Navy Motion Picture Service. A “book swap” area is available, as well as books from the Navy Professional Readiness Program. Food may be ordered daily from the Recreation Center menu.
Outdoor Recreation Rental
Hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and federal holidays.
Outdoor Recreation Rental offers a wide variety of rental equipment at affordable rates. Rent camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, air beds, coolers, lanterns and propane stoves. ORR has large canopies for rent, as well as tables and chairs. ORR also offers a wide variety of sporting goods, such as golf clubs, tennis rackets, softball sets, horseshoes and more. Lawn and garden equipment complete the rental selection. During the winter months, rent skis, snowboards and ice skates. ORR has also added a camper, a tow-along grill, a 14-foot boat with motor, an 8-foot inflatable outdoor movie theater, open and closed trailers, and various sized bouncies to the inventory. ORR offers daily and weekly rates.
Vehicle Storage Lots
(Managed through Seaview Lanes Bowling Center)
656 Whipple St.
The Vehicle Storage Lots offer two secure compounds to store your boat, trailer or other recreational vehicles. One lot on base is for vehicles 25 feet or less and the other lot off Burma Road (adjacent to the Carr Point Recreation Area RV Park) is for vehicles 25 feet or longer. A refundable key deposit is due at sign-up. Storage lot sign-ups are by appointment only. Lot payments are accepted at Seaview Lanes Bowling Center, Building 656. For more information, call 401-841-4293.