Memorial Day weekend means Kansas City's curfew changes are back in effect.
Starting Friday night, anyone under 18 is not allowed in Kansas City's entertainment districts after 9 p.m. unless they're with a guardian. The curfew is an attempt to prevent the crowds of teenagers that have gathered on the Country Club Plaza and the trouble it caused.
Another part of the effort to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble also began Friday night.
Organizers say Club KC and Mayor's Nights were incredibly successful last year, bringing together some 12,000 kids over a 12-week period.
"You know we dance, have fun, a little dance offs and stuff and stuff like that," said 16-year-old Bobby Jackson.
Kids are encouraged to come down for DJ's, dancing, basketball and video games.
Club KC came about after the mayor found himself smack in the middle of some serious violence on the Plaza in 2011. That night, three teens were shot just steps away from the mayor, who was pushed to the ground by his security detail.
With Club KC, James makes his message clear: rather than just telling the kids what they can't do - give them something to do.
"It's the last day of school so everyone wants to go out and have fun, but I figured, you know, do it the safe way and come out here where everything's organized," Jackson said. "Just get your friends and have a good time."
If kids are at Club KC, the city curfew doesn't apply, but they have to go home at midnight when it wraps up.
Club KC is partnering with The Boys & Girls Club, the Kansas City Public Library, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and ArtsTech KC.
Just like last year, all attendees must have an official Mayor's Nights VIP Card. If a kid already has a card from last year, they do not need to register for a new one. If they do not have a card, they will need to register for one. Upon registering, each kid will gain access to Mayor's Nights events and receive discounts around town throughout the summer.
REGISTER ONLINE or DOWNLOAD a registration form, then pick up your VIP Card at any of the Club KC locations: Brush Creek Community Center, Gregg/Klice Community Center, Hillcrest Community Center, Tony Aguirre Community Center, or Kansas City North Community Center.
HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS
Brush Creek – Every Friday & Saturday night this summer (closed July 4)Hillcrest – Some Fridays nights & every Saturday night this summer (closed July 4)Kansas City North – One Event on 7/18Arts Tech – Various dates (please see calendar)Plaza Library – June 6, July 14, and August 9.Nelson Art Events – Various dates during Club KC at high school locations. (please see calendar).
MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENTS
Gregg Klice – Every Friday & Saturday night this summer (closed July 4)Marlborough Every Saturday Night this summer (closed July 4)Hickman Mills Junior High- May 30, June 6, June 13Boys & Girls Club – Every Friday night this summer (closed July 4)Plaza Library – June 6, July 14, and August 9.Tony Aguirre - Every Friday night this summer (closed July 4)
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