KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s Entertainment District curfew for youth begins Monday. Just in time for that curfew, teens are taking advantages of an alternative just for them called “Club KC.”
Mayor Sly James’ “Mayor’s Nights” program has kids dancing, shooting hoops, and getting the chance to take a dip if they choose.
“I like going to play basketball in the gym and sometimes go swimming,” said Marc Galvan.
At the Tony Aguirre Community Center, it’s all about the middle school-aged kids as Friday is middle school night. Saturday belongs to the high schoolers. Kids are staying plenty busy and out of trouble.
It’s precisely what the city wanted, after several previous reports of teen violence on the Plaza.
“It’s really important especially for our urban youth,” said Roosevelt Lyons, Senior Advisor for Civic and Community Engagement. “There are not a lot of, well there are no movie theatres, bowling alleys, skating rinks east of Troost all the way down to the city lines.”
The program is now in its second year and is said to have been a success so far. Last year, roughly 7,400 youth took part, Lyons said.
This year, the city doubled its funding for the program. It has also included two more sites for youth to go to, bringing the total to five.
“Club KC is a great opportunity for young people to go and have a safe place to gather and see each other and hang out and have fun.”
In mid-June, Mayor’s Night kicks soccer, hoops basketball and night nets volleyball will begin.
For a complete list of information, and how to register, click here.