Summer fun: Youth Program keeps kids occupied

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Local youngsters in the Berryville Community Center’s Summer Youth Program get a cooking lesson at the Carroll County Extension office.
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By Billy Stidham

Summer may mean vacation for the kids, but parents still have to go to work. Luckily Berryville parents can send their kids somewhere that is safe, fun and active. The Berryville Community Center Youth Program offers affordable and flexible childcare that kids will love.

“We have had our summer youth program for years,” said Renee Allison, business and program manager for the Berryville Community Center. “We average more than 50 kids a day.”

The community center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and parents can choose from a weekly $75 plan or they can pay $18 per day if a whole week isn’t necessary. There is even a $10 half-day option for parents who just need to run some errands.

The program offers all kinds of activities.

“The kids go outside every morning,” Allison said. “They play games like soccer and plant in the garden. We have taken them to events like the Ice Cream Social in the past. We’ve also taken them go-karting and roller skating.”

The community center accepts children from ages 5 through 12.

“Everyone seems to be having a great summer,” said Allison. “I think we offer the kids a chance to socially interact with their schoolmates in a more active setting, playing games, having snacks and interacting with members of the community like when the police department brought their dogs for the kids to see.”

“The youth program offers child care where parents know that their children are being taken care of and being active,” Allison said.

If you’re a working parent and need something for your kids to do besides staying inside all summer, consider the community center’s youth program. Call 870-423-3139 for more inquiries.

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