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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Tuesday, Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James promised the summer of 2013 will be bigger and better than last year for the Summer Night Hoops program.

Mayor Sly James' mantra is well-known to many:  If you're going to tell kids where they can't be, you have to tell them where they can be.

"Kids get bored, they have to have something to do, they have to feel important..so rather than stay home and be with mom and dad they want to get out and enjoy the weather if nothing else," said Yvonne Spencer.

This summer, the city is doubling its investment to make more locations available for a fun and safe place for kids. Last year they budgeted $200,000. This year, it's $400,000. The program is also expanding from 8 weeks to 12 weeks.

Last summer more than 7,400 Kansas City kids took advantage of the Mayor's nights programs.

"When I came down here or went to one of the other clubs there were lines that had formed of hundreds of kids an hour and half before the doors even opened," the mayor said. "That's how important this activity was to them."

The Mayor's Nights middle school events will run from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m and high school events from 8 p.m. until midnight.

To register, click here. Those who register will need to pick up their ID cards at any of the community centers holding the events.

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