Children and teens are invited to participate in a variety of city-wide programs designed to be meaningful and fun.
Rec Plus School-Age Child Care
Rec Plus provides childcare for children ages 5-12 (must be in grades K-6) at neighborhood recreation centers before and after school, on school release days, and during the summer.
Camps for youth offer structured activities in safe and supervised environments at park locations throughout Minneapolis. Camps span a variety of activities and interests such as sports, nature and the outdoors, performing arts, and more! View the camps catalog or search and register for camps.
Teen Teamworks is a summer employment and educational program for youth ages 14-18, and adults ages 19-24 that provides supervised on-the-job training as well as educational sessions and life skills training.
Night Owlz provides extended teen programming at various recreation centers from 8-11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Activities may include open gym, cooking, computer labs and more. For details contact the nearest recreation center.
Art in the Park
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts visits the recreation centers with free hands-on art lessons designed to introduce elementary-aged children to the world’s diverse artistic heritage.
IDEAWERKS is for youth ages 12-18 to learn multimedia production; record audio and video information on a digital media workstation; study music basics and computer software to create music tracks and videos; and produce and record individual multimedia projects.
Children learn about personal and social safety, drug awareness, emergency situations and crime prevention in a three-day mini-camp.
Summer Meals Program
Free meals for children are offered at participating recreation centers, sponsored by Minneapolis Public Schools.
Village Parks Mentors work with teens to build friendships and develop positive self esteem through classes, field trips and social interaction.
Youth Are Here Bus
The Youth Are Here Bus provides free transportation for North Minneapolis teens to neighborhood
parks, libraries and other locations. The bus runs from 4 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday during the regular school year.
The bus runs a circular route from Patrick Henry High School, Folwell Park, Northside
Library, Jerry Gamble Boys and Girls Club, Farview Park, North Commons YMCA Youth Enrichment Center, North Commons
Park, North High School, and Harrison Park.
Youth Programs and Activities
Click the button below to search and register for youth programs and activities throughout the parks.