Weekend programs for Kansas City youths kick off for the summer

05/23/2014 9:39 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Kansas City’s efforts to give young people something to do on weekend nights, other than congregate in public and cause trouble, kicked off the summer on Friday.

Club KC offers dancing, video games and other activities, while Night Hoops, Night Kicks and Night Nets focus on athletics.

While offering such diversions at several community centers, the city also imposes a youth curfew now in effect through the last Sunday in September for five entertainment zones: the Country Club Plaza, Westport, downtown, 18th and Vine, and Zona Rosa.

Anyone under 18 in those locations must be accompanied by a parent after 9 p.m.

Elsewhere in the city, the summer curfew is 10 p.m. for youths under 16 and 11 p.m. for those 16 and 17 years old. One exception is for young people accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Minors also are exempt if they attend a Club KC or other Mayor’s Nights event, but they are required to go directly home afterward.

Violators may be detained by police until their parents pick them up, and the parents can be fined up to $500.

The programs are meant to give young people something fun to do and to keep them from making mischief elsewhere. The city claims attendance at those programs last year reached 12,000.

In an announcement of the program, Mayor Sly James said Club KC and Mayor’s Nights demonstrate “that if you listen and work with young people, rather then just telling them what they can’t do, you reach solutions that work for everyone.”

For details and to register online, go to kcmayor.org/mayorsnights.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com. Twitter: @MattCampbellKC.

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