Kansas City's summer youth curfew kicks off Friday night.
That means minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they are visiting any of the city's five designated entertainment districts after 9 p.m.: the Country Club Plaza, Westport, 18th and Vine, Zona Rosa or downtown.
In the rest of the city, the curfew starts at 10 p.m. for ages 15 and under, and at 11 p.m. for ages 16 and 17. This excludes teens working or on their way home from work.
Youth who attend Club KC or other city-sponsored activities must go home as soon as the events end.
"We just want to make sure that all of the parents and the kids are aware that this is coming up so they're not caught down there," said Sgt. Scot Simons, with the Central Patrol Division. "We want to make sure that is a safe environment and everyone is aware of the curfew."
Kansas City police and city leaders are seeking to avoid unruly crowds of teens congregating in shopping and entertainment venues.
Teens caught after curfew will be detained, and their parents will be called. The parents whose children violate the curfew may have to pay a fine as much as $500.
"This is for the safety of the kids," Simons said. "For entertainment districts, especially after 9 p.m., there is really no events for the kids down there and there is no reason for them to be mixing with adults."
"It is not always a great mix, so this is to keep them safe," he said.