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Youth activities


ALL NIGHT SKATE

Come to Spin City and skate all night! Kids can skate, dance, play basketball, play video games, and watch movies.

Ages/Grades: Ages 6–12
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m.
Day(s): Friday–Saturday
Place: Spin City Skating Rink
Cost: $25.00 (Includes dinner and breakfast)
Date(s): Call 785-762-7746 for the next All Night Skate dates
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


ALL TREATS DAY

After the parade and fun downtown, join us at 12th Street Community Center for more games, candy, popcorn and costume fun!

Ages/Grades: Kids of all ages
Time(s): 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place: 12th Street Community Center
Cost: None
Date(s): October 25
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


AUTHOR DAYS

Authors have birthdays, and birthdays are meant to be celebrated! So we're hosting some fun on our favorite authors' special days. Stop by any time throughout the day to make crafts, do scavenger hunts, test your knowledge of these authors' stories, and more!



Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Time(s): 9:00 a.m. to close (unless otherwise noted)
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


CHRISTIAN SKATE NIGHT

Families and friends can skate to their favorite Christian tunes at this popular event. It's fun, it's family friendly, and it's happening only at Spin City!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Day(s): Sundays
Place: Spin City Skating Rink
Cost: $4.00
Date(s):  Call 785-762-7746 for the next Christian Skate Night dates
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


Explorers

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade will discover the fun of learning at this once-a-month hands-on interactive class. This semester our theme is "Engineering Challenges." Classes last approximately 30 minutes. Pre-registration is required. (STEAM events)


  • September 20 - Icky, Sticky Ooze (Register by September 18)
    Did you know Boston was once flooded by molasses that poured into streets faster than cars could move at the time (and faster than anyone would think molasses could move)? Discover just what happened to cause this event and the scientific and engineering elements involved!

  • October 18 - Tower Power (Register by October 16)
    So everyone knows the Leaning Tower of Pisa, uhh, leans. But do you know why? Have some hands-on tower-building fun as you learn what engineering rules are at work making the tower lean—and, so far, holding it up!

  • November 15 - London Bridge Is Falling Down (Register by November 13)
    So it's not London Bridge we're looking at but Tay Bridge, a bridge in Scotland that really did collapse. Experiment with bridge construction to understand the forces bridges must be able to withstand and why!

  • Ages/Grades: Kindergarten - 5th grade
    Time(s): 1:00 or 4:15 p.m.
    Day(s): Third Thursdays (September - November)
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    \ Registration deadline:  Two days before each class
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    FAMILY (STOLEN) CHRISTMAS PARTY

    As part of the Junction City Hometown Christmas celebration and the library's Classic Christmas Story Day, the library is hosting our annual Family Christmas Party—except this year it's a Family (Stolen) Christmas Party because our featured theme is Dr. Seuss's classic Christmas tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas. So we're going on a scavenger hunt to find where the Grinch hid Christmas! Stop by anytime from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. to take part in this festive fun!

    Ages/Grades:All ages and families
    Time(s): 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    Date(s): December 7
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by: Geary County K-State Research and Extension


    Friday Night Live

    Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for some fun Friday-night activities and events! Advance registration is required. (This program was formerly known as Teen after Hours.)


  • September 21 - Improv Comedy Night (Register by September 19)
    How funny can you get? Join us for a night of laughs as we give you the opportunity to put on your comedian hats with improv comedy routines, comedy charades, and more!

  • October 19 - Mystery Night: Human Clue (Register by October 17)
    Take the board game Clue to a whole new level! Become the characters (costumes and all) and try to solve the mystery of who among you is the culprit, where they committed the crime, and what tool they used to do it!

  • November 16 - Time Warp: World War I (Register by November 14)
    Go back in time to 1914-1918, the years of World War I, and discover secrets of WWI spies, do a trench warfare obstacle course, complete some WWI STEM projects, and go on a scavenger hunt to uproot interesting and important facts about this war that was known as the war to end all wars.

  • Ages/Grades: Grades 6 - 12
    Time(s): 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    Day(s): Third Friday of the month (September – November)
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    \ Registration deadline: Two days before event
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    HANDS AND HEARTS FOR ART - ELEMENTARY ART CLASS

    Kids will explore a new art concept each week.

    Ages/Grades: Ages 5 - 12
    Time(s): 10:00am
    Day(s): Saturdays
    Place: Junction City Arts Council Studio, C. L. Hoover Opera House
    Cost: None
    Date(s): Ongoing
    Registration deadline:  Call 785-762-2581 or email jcartscouncil1@gmail.com for registration information.
    Sponsored by: Junction City Arts Council


    "HAY, Y'ALL" FALL CARNIVAL FUNDRAISER

    It's a fall festival of fun! Join us for tug-of-war, three-legged races, potato sack races, ring tosses, egg-and-spoon races, obstacle course fun, pumpkin crafts, scarecrow relay races, caramel apples, pie sales, and more! All proceeds go to the library's book donation program, DBPL at DBPL: Donating Books to Promote Literacy. This program puts new books in the hands of members of the Geary County community to encourage reading and thereby supporting literacy and strengthening our community.

    Ages/Grades: All Ages/Families
    Time(s): 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (4:30-5:00—three-legged races/potato sack races; 5:00-5:30—scarecrow relays/egg and spoon races; and 5:30-5:45—tug-of-war)
    Day(s): Friday
    Date(s): September 7
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    LAND NAVIGATION

    Come experience an outdoors opportunity for orienteering at the 90 acre B&G Farm. Learn how to determine your pace correctly, identify an object at a given azimuth, find 5 orienteering points, and learn about dependability, strength, adaptability, perseverance and purpose. Maximum of 12 participants.

    Ages/Grades: Ages 10 - 14
    Time(s): 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Day(s): Saturday.
    Date(s): October 13
    Place: B&G Farm
    Cost: $10.00 per person
    Registration deadline: Contact the 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for registration information.
    Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


    MAD SCIENTIST

    Let's be creative as we join together for some Mad Scientist fun! We will explore science with items found in and around your very own house. Each scientist will take home their own pair of safety goggles!

    Ages/Grades: Ages 6–10
    Time(s): 1:30–3:00 p.m.
    Day(s): Monday
    Date(s): November 12
    Place: 12th Street Community Center
    Cost: $15.00 per participant
    Registration deadline: November 7
    Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


    MUNCHKIN ART

    Let your munchkins explore their creative and artistic abilities with Munchkin Art! Enjoy craft time with painting, drawing and other special projects.

    Ages/Grades: Ages 2 - 6
    Time(s): 10:00–11:00 a.m.
    Day(s): Wednesdays
    Place: 12th Street Community Center
    Cost: $20 for 6 classes (can be nonconsecutive)
    Date(s): Ongoing. Call 785-238-7529 for additional class information
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


    PRESCHOOL SKILLS

    The years before children start school are so formative and important for their later academic and life success. This new Preschool Skills class is designed to provide fun and engaging learning opportunities to help increase children's exposure to the skills they need: counting, matching, shape identification, motor skills, sequencing, communication skills, early literacy, pattern recognition, and more. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their children to strengthen their own understandings of how to work with them to develop these skills beyond this class.

    Ages/Grades: Ages 3 - 5
    Time(s): 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    Day(s): Thursdays
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost:  None 
    Date(s): September 6 – November 15
    Registration deadline: Ongoing
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    READ AND LEARN CLASSES

    These year-round preschool classes develop and promote social skills, listening comprehension, and foundations of early literacy through letters, vocabulary, numbers, and sequencing. This semester's sessions begin September 4 and continue through November 15 and will feature the following classes:

    Morning Classes: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

    Little Learners
    A time for parents and infants ages 10 - 23 months to read together and to learn activities that engage babies' brains through motion, music, and rhyme. Each child must be accompanied one-to-one by an adult. Session is limited to toddler and caregiver. Session is limited to baby and caregiver.

    Early Starters
    For children ages 2 - 6 years, this read-aloud class equips children with reading readiness through story, song, crafts, games, and sensory experiences. Session is limited to children ages 2 - 6 and caregivers; caregiver attendance is required for children 2 years of age and optional for children 3 - 6 years of age.

    Evening Class: Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. – Ready Readers
    This class encourages love of reading and builds early literacy skills through story and hands-on, interactive activities. Session is limited to children ages 10 months - 6 years and caregivers; caregiver attendance is required for children 2 years of age and under and is optional for children 3 - 6 years of age.

    Ages/Grades: Ages 10 months to 6 years
    Time/Day(s): Morning Class: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays Evening Class: 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays
    Place: Little Learners - Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street Early Starters and Ready Readers - Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost:  None 
    Date(s): September 4 – November 15
    Registration deadline: Ongoing. A registration form must be filled out for each child attending. Sponsored by
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    READ TO A DOG

    Read to a Dog programs increase literacy skills for struggling readers by offering them opportunity to read aloud to a dog. Reading to a dog, who does not judge mistakes, helps alleviate fear of stumbling over or mispronouncing words. The more these readers read, the stronger their reading skills become and the more their confidence grows. Dorothy Bramlage Public Library's Read to a Dog program provides young people (grades 1-12) 15 minutes of read-aloud time per session with a certified therapy dog.

    Ages/Grades: Grades 1 - 12
    Time(s):2:30-2:45, 2:45-3:00, 3:00-3:15, 3:15-3:30 p.m.
    Day(s): Sunday
    Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    Date(s): September 16, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, and December 2
    Registration deadline: Advance registration is required. Reading times open until filled
    Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    READING PARTICIPATION PROGRAMS

    Here at the library, we love to read! And we want to share our love of reading with you! Each semester, we hold our Reading Participation Programs to offer reading challenges and increase the fun of reading. This semester we have three Reading Participation Programs you won't want to miss!

  • September 15 – October 15: Author Wars
    Who's the most popular author among our readers? We'll find out this fall with our Author Wars challenges as we keep track of participating readers' books in each of the following categories: picture story books, chapter books, young adult novels, and adult fiction. Reading can be tracked online ( jclib.org) or on paper.

  • November 1 – 30: Readalikes and Notalikes (for readers of chapter books, young adult novels, and adult fiction)
    If you have a favorite type of book or genre, take this challenge to discover other books in this genre (readalikes) and to branch out to other genres, too (notalikes). Forms for this challenge are available at the library.

  • November 16 - Time Warp: World War I (Register by November 14)
    Read up over Christmas break! For every children's or young adult book you read, fill out an entry in person at the library or online at jclib.org. At the end of The Twelve Days of Christmas, entries will be used for a prize drawing. The more entries you've made, the higher your chances of winning! Open to children and youth ages 0-17.

  • Ages/Grades: See descriptions above.
    Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    SAFE SITTER® BABYSITTING TRAINING

    Be the sitter that parents want! Babysitting is important business and good babysitters are always in demand! Safe Sitters gain the skills needed to do the job well and earn parents' trust. Students who complete the medically-accurate, up-to-date program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. They are taught how a child's age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. Students also learn how to perform infant and child choking rescue. They even learn CPR. Call the 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for additional class information.

    Ages/Grades: Ages 11–14
    Time(s):  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Day(s): Thursday - Friday
    Place: 12th Street Community Center
    Cost: $40.00 (Scholarships are available if qualifications are met.)
    Date(s): January 3 - 4
    Registration deadline: December 27
    Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


    SANTA'S HELPERS WORKSHOP!

    Let your children go on a shopping spree for parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends. It's not just any shopping spree, but one where your child will be able to choose a gift item that isn't complete until after they add some creativity to it! Your child will have many "kid priced" craft items to choose from, ranging anywhere from two to five dollars each. The kids will then complete their project(s) and get it wrapped for free before they go home. During the holiday season, parents can rest assured that their children will shop in a safe and fun environment, not to mention have some time to let their imaginations go wild! Join us and let your child experience the thrill of picking out gifts for family and friends. Visit Santa after your project is finished. Parents and guardians can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and cookies while their young ones create! Note: Many of the craft projects will involve paint. Please dress your child accordingly. Call the 12th Street Community Center for more information, 785-238-7529.

    Ages/Grades:Ages 3 – 10 (6 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
    Time(s): 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Day(s): Saturday
    Place:12th Street Community Center
    Cost:  $2- $5 per project (paid day of event)
    Date: December 8
    Registration deadline: None Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department.


    SPIN CITY MINIATURE GOLF

    Fooooore! Get outside and enjoy a nice round of golf. Mini golf that is! Spin City has an 18-hole course that is challenging for every level of golfer. Bring the family for some nice friendly competition.

    Ages/Grades: All ages and families
    Place: Spin City
    Cost: $5 per person
    Date(s): Open by appointment & during good weather conditions.
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


    TOUCH A TRUCK

    It's our 12th annual Touch a Truck event! Always one of our most popular programs, Touch a Truck rolls in big trucks, tractors, fire engines, squad cars, army vehicles, and more for kids (and truck-loving adults) to look at, touch, climb in, and be wowed by. It's going to be a truckload of fun, so come out and join us! (a STEAM event)

    Ages/Grades: All ages and families
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Day: Saturday
    Place: Goody's Plaza parking lot (437 E. Chestnut)
    Cost:None
    Date(s): October 6
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    YOUTH AVIATION CLASS

    Hands on learning for young aviators to-be! Here students learn about all things aviation through flight simulation, Young Eagle Flights, and aircraft restoration. Current project is assembling a Piper Tripacer aircraft. For additional information see our web site at: www.1364.eaachapter.org/youthprograms.htm.

    Ages/Grades: Grades 6–12
    Time(s): 9:00 am.–Noon
    Day(s): Second Saturday of each month
    Place: Hanger EAA, Junction City Airport, Freeman Field, 540 W. 18th Street
    Cost: None
    Date(s): Ongoing
    Registration deadline: None. Just show up!
    Sponsored by: Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1364