Morale, Welfare & Recreation

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Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)

656 Whipple St.
Building 656
Naval Station Newport
Newport, RI 02841-1522

Phone: 401-841-2643
Fax: 401-841-7811

Whether you enjoy sailing, physical fitness, fine dining or just relaxing, the Naval Station Newport MWR Program has something for you. MWR provides recreation, dining, entertainment and physical fitness programs/services to authorized patrons. Information about MWR programs, events and facilities may be found in the weekly base newspaper, The Newport Navalog, the Naval Station Newport RI and Naval Station Newport RI MWR Facebook pages, on Twitter @NAVSTANPTRIMWR, as well as the monthly MWR publication, Leisure Times. 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.

Phone: 401-841-3026

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. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Friday.

Child and Youth Programs

1376 Bushnell St. (near NUWC)

Phone: 401-841-4562/2883

The NAVSTA Child and Youth Programs provide quality and experienced childcare in our Child Development Center (CDC) and Child Development Homes (CDH). Before- and After-school Care and Summer Camp are offered for school-aged children 5 years through 12 years of age. Pre-teen and Teen Programs for children ages 9 and up are offered outside of normal business hours.


  • CDC: 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Teen Center: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday (ages 9 through 18),
    closed Saturday through Thursday and federal holidays
  • CDH Programs: Hours are set individually by providers.

All Child and Youth Programs offer full-time spaces. Hourly care is offered when space is available at a fee of $4 per hour.

Ages served:

  • Child Development Center: 6 weeks through 5 years old
  • Child Development Home Programs:
    6 weeks through 12 years old
  • School-age Care: Before- and After-school Program for children 5 (attending kindergarten) through 12 years old
  • Summer Camp: 5 (must have completed kindergarten) through 12 years old
  • Teen Center: 9 through 18 years old

Child Development Center

The program is led by qualified professionals in Early Childhood Education whose major goal is to promote your 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 we foster are:

  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Socialization skills.
  • Self-help skills.
  • Health and safety.
  • Self-expression and creativity.
  • Independence.
  • Communication and language skills.
  • Large and small motor skills.

Child Development Homes

The Child Development Home 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. Child Development Homes 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.

Child Development Home Providers must be Navy Certified. The certification process is provided through the 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 Program Director or Child Development Home 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 your children.

School-age Care

The School-age Care program offers before- and after-school care for children ages 5 through 12. Our program is affiliated with the Boys and 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 Care is located at the Youth Center, Building 1297. For more information, please call 401-841-2883.

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 (who have completed Kindergarten) through 12 years of age. Summer camp is supervised by trained youth development professionals, a caring staff that gives special attention to your children.

School Liaison Officer (SLO)

President John F. Kennedy
Child Development Center
1376 Bushnell St. (near NUWC)

Phone: 401-841-7126

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, special hours by appointment

The Installation School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the installation subject-matter expert for youth education, transition, K-12 school and deployment issues. The School Liaison Officer’s role includes seven core duties:

  • Communication (installation/community/school).
  • School transition services.
  • Special education system navigation.
  • Deployment support.
  • Partnerships in education.
  • Home School linkage and support.
  • Postsecondary presentation.

Teen Center

Building 1297

The Teen Center is located on the second floor of Building 1297, adjacent to the CDC. Open recreation is offered along with scheduled activities and special events. The Teen Center is open 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday for ages 9 through 18. It is closed Saturday through Thursday and federal holidays. For more information on current programs and events, call 401-841-2043.

John H. Chafee Fitness Center

Building 1109
1109 Taylor Drive

Phone: 401-841-3154

Hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 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/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 401-841-7354. Indoor running track, basketball and racquetball courts are also available. ID cards are required for admission at all times.

John H. Chafee Fitness Center
Swimming Pool

Building 1109
1109 Taylor Drive

Phone: 401-841-6628

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; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 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 has priority. Recreational swimming programs include swim lessons (private contract) for patrons, ages one-year to adult, 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), eligible guests and locker rental.

Coasters Harbor Island
Conference Center

684 Perry Road

Sales Office Phone: 401-841-1442
Fax: 401-841-1579

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment; cafe is open
6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

Federal agencies and military groups are eligible to rent the Harbor Island Conference Center at NAVSTA Newport. Training rooms feature state-of-the-art presentation equipment and comfortable seating at tables with plenty of workspace. Audio/visual equipment includes ceiling-mounted projectors, computers for presentations (i.e., Microsoft PowerPoint), wireless mouse, laser pointer, document cameras, microphones for panel discussions, video cassette recorders, electronic print boards, overhead projectors and easels with flip chart paper. Video Teleconferencing is also available with Tandberg Vision 5000 technology, providing high-quality VTC connections via ISDN lines, up to 384 kbps (six channels). Touch-screen lecterns control the equipment with a touch of a finger making presentations easy and professional. Catering services may be arranged. Other amenities for conference attendees include computer stations with Internet access, fax, copier and color printing capabilities.

The America’s Cup Cafe is located in the lobby. The cafe proudly brews Starbucks’ coffee and serves hot and cold beverages, snacks, sandwiches and Nathan’s Hot Dogs. To reserve a conference room at the Harbor Island Conference Center, contact the O’Club Catering Office at 401-841-1442.

Hewitt Hall Cafe — Naval War College

686 Cushing Road

Phone: 401-841-4655

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 3 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 our 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 for distinguished guests. For more information, call the Officer’s Club Catering Office at 401-841-1442.


Phone: 401-841-2094

MWR offers a variety of discount tickets to attractions. Tickets are available for seasonal, sporting, local events, theme parks and attractions. Check the GOTickets information sheet located at various MWR facilities to see available ticket options.

Leisure Bay Internet Cafe and Coffee Shop

Building 1255
1255 Whipple St.

Phone: 401-841-2088

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays; drive-through window: 6:30 a.m.to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 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 the latest software and printer capabilities waiting for you. Wireless is also available. The coffee shop offers Starbucks’ coffee drinks, gourmet sandwiches, hot soup, sushi, seasonal fruit, yogurt parfaits, pastries and much more. Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Coasters Harbor Island Marina

Building 1397
1397 Perry Road

Phone: 401-841-3283
Fax: 401-841-4125

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 One, across from the Officers’ Club, the Navy Sailing Center offers sailing and power boating classes to authorized patrons, ages 18 and older, and to children, ages 12 through 15 if accompanied by an adult sponsor while taking the course. Berthing is available, as well as a boat launching ramp for towed boats. Sailboats, powerboats and kayaks may be rented with an appropriate qualification card.

Officers’ Club

Building 95
95 Perry Road

Manager: 401-841-1441
Reservations: 401-841-1442
Functions: 401-841-1442

Conveniently located just inside Gate One, the Newport Officers’ Club is one of the Navy’s premiere clubs. It sits on the rocky shoreline of Narragansett Bay with sweeping views of the Newport Bridge, Jamestown and 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, a dining-in, dinner dances, luncheons and meetings. The grand ballroom is fitted with three drop-down screens, built-in LCDprojectors 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 flat-panel televisions and a glorious view of Narragansett Bay. Cafe-style seating is also available. Daily lunch and dinner specials are available Monday through Friday. Hours for Topside are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 4 to 9 p.m.
Saturday (the kitchen closes an hour before closing time). During the summer, hours are extended and Topside moves to the deck and is closed on Sunday and federal holidays.

Picnic/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. Call for current cost per day for rental.

Reservations are taken at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center, call 841-3154.

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-o-john facilities are available. Reservations are taken at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center, call841-3154.

Football/Soccer/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, call 841-3154.

Tennis Courts: Four Har-Tru courts, located near Gate One, 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 at 841-3154.

Recreational Vehicle sites are available from May through October at Carr Point. Site rentals include water and electricity. Sites may be reserved by calling the GOTickets office at 401-841-2094.

The Recreation Center

Building 656
656 Whipple St.

Phone: 401-841-2194

Seaview Lanes Bowling Center

Phone: 401-841-4293

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 ten-pin bowling with a state-of-the-art electronic scoring and sound system, and automatic bumpers for kids along with 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. Our $10 per person bowling party package includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda offering a fun and inexpensive way of getting together with friends and family.

Call ahead at 401-841-4293 to place an order for pick up or have it ready to eat in house. The kitchen closes one hour before closing time.

The Clubs (Enlisted Club and CPO Club)

Phone: 401-841-2575

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. In addition to pool tables and satellite flat-screen televisions, there is also shuffle board and darts available in the CPO Club. Each club has an extensive pub menu which includes appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and pizza. The Enlisted Club is all-hands and offers a lunch time all-you-can-eat-buffet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday is soup and salad, Wednesday is pizza and salad, and Thursday is 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.

Liberty Center

Phone: 401-841-3054

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. The Liberty Center has eight computer stations with free Internet access, plus WiFi for personal laptops. There are pool tables, a foosball table, ping pong, three video gaming stations with XBox 360, Playstation 3 & 4, 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 (NMPS). A “Book Swap” area is available, as well as books from the Navy Professional Readiness Program. Food may be ordered from the Recreation Center menu seven days a week.

Outdoor Recreation Rental

Phone: 401-841-2568

Hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, closed Wednesday and federal holidays

Outdoor Recreation Rental (ORR) 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, horse shoes 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’ 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.

Phone: 401-841-4293

The Vehicle Storage Lots offer two secure compounds to store your boat, trailer and/or other recreational vehicles. One lot located on base is for vehicles twenty five feet or less and the other lot located off Burma Road (adjacent to the RV Park) is for vehicles twenty five feet or longer.

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