Finding something for teens to do that will keep them out of trouble is a priority for Mayor Sly James, that is why he started Mayor's Nights last year, and it is back again this year.
Saturday was night number two for Club KC, a Mayor's Nights activity.
The high school-aged event at the Brush Creek Community Center, located at 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., was packed for the second night in a row.
Youth started lining up at 6 p.m. for the 8 p.m. to midnight event. Many were denied entry because the location hit capacity.
Many of the five Mayor's Nights locations for middle and high school kids saw good crowds. The Tony Aguirre Center was among the hosting locations for Friday and Saturday night.
The night started with the celebrity treatment, as the first student to register for the program, along with his five friends, got a limousine ride and a walk on the red carpet into the Brush Creek Community Center.
Organizers pushed is to get the youth to register and come hang out instead of going to places like the Country Club Plaza, where some have gotten into trouble and even arrested for breaking the recently-instituted teen curfew for the city.
The city says if teens are going to be teens, they would rather it be done at places like the Brush Creek Community Center.
Last summer, the city said it had 7,500 teens utilize the recreation centers. This summer, they expect the number to swell to 10,000.
Mayor's Nights run through the summer and are offered as a safe and fun event for Kansas City youth.
New this year, all attendees have to register for a free official Mayor's Nights VIP card to get into the events.
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