On Friday the Mayor’s Nights program, an annual summertime offering of activities for teens and adults, will begin. The program will run through early August.
“Mayor’s Nights offers families a variety of fun and safe activities to participate in during the summer,” said Mayor Sly James. “There’s something for everyone, and I encourage parents and kids to register for these activities and invite their friends and family members to get involved, too. From arts and crafts to sports and dancing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Mayor’s Nights.”
The events and activities, which are held at community centers and many other locations across the city, provide opportunities for both youth and adults to play sports, dance, socialize, and explore art and technology.
Those interested in registering for events may fill out this form. Registration for Mayor’s Hoops, Kicks and Nets closes May 31. Registration for Club KC is open all summer. Registrants will receive a free Mayor’s Nights VIP Card, which is required to participate in Mayor’s Nights events. Holders of a VIP Card from previous years need not register again. For more information and to view the schedule of events, please visit: kcmayor.org/mayorsnights.
Mayor’s Nights includes four major initiatives:
Club KC — Youth ages 11-18 can enjoy live DJs, dancing, basketball, swim parties, video games, arts, robotics, digital literacy, empowering speakers, guest celebrities, concessions and much more from late May through early August. Partners in 2017 include Arts Tech KC, Atkins Group, Nelson Gallery Foundation, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, Guadalupe Center, Kansas City Public Library, KC Hoop, and Mattie Rhodes.
Night Hoops — Night Hoops, founded in 1992 and the longest-running Mayor’s Nights program, is an eight-week evening basketball league for youth and adults that not only focuses on basketball, but also offers youth-enrichment activities, job and professional development training and mentoring. Night Hoops is managed by Kansas City Parks & Recreation.
Night Kicks — This eight-week evening soccer program for both youth and adults is modeled after the World Cup Soccer tournament. The 2017 partner’s are Guadalupe Center and Mattie Rhodes.
Night Nets — Night Nets is an eight-week evening volleyball program for both youth and adults. The program also offers educational enrichment on topics such as health and wellness, financial literacy and more. Night Nets is managed by Kansas City Parks & Recreation.
An important objective of Mayor’s Nights is to give youth and young adults a wide variety of activities to participate in during the summer evenings when more stringent youth curfew rules are in effect.
Kansas City’s more stringent curfew is enforceable from May 26 (the Friday of Memorial Day weekend) to September 24 (the last Sunday in September) and will be supported by an appropriate increased police presence. For minors 15 and younger, the curfew is set at 10 p.m. For minors ages 16 and 17, the curfew is set at 11 p.m. in most parts of the City.
The City’s five entertainment districts — the Plaza, Westport, Downtown/Central Business District, 18th and Vine, and Zona Rosa — have a special curfew during summer months that requires anyone under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 9 p.m. during those summer months.
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