FORT MILL — For the Anne Close Greenway, summer does not end after Labor Day.
Thanks to the Greenway’s new Adventure Seekers Kids’ Night Out program, the end of school no longer means the end of camp.
The program brings together children ages 7 to 14 to explore trails, learn archery skills in the Adventure Center and make s’mores in an outdoor classroom on the Greenway throughout the school year, camp director Suzanne Belanger said.
“[The program\ extends summer into the school year and keeps kids active and excited about going outside,” she said.
The Kids’ Night Out program began in September and continues Oct. 11 and Nov. 15. The cost is $25 per child with registration required in advance. Parents can drop their children off between 5:30 and 6 p.m. and pick them up at 9 p.m. at the Adventure Center, 835 Springfield Parkway.
The program offers parents and kids alike a relief from the school week, Belanger said.
“Kids are always looking for something to do,” she said. “We’re hoping to get them to realize that even though it is winter, there is no reason to be stuck inside.”
The program will let kids learn new skills, build confidence and socialize, Belanger said.
Participants will explore the Greenway’s trails, play flashlight tag and enjoy indoor activities at the Adventure Center.
Each Kids’ Night Out program is $25 for non-Greenway members and $20 for members. The fee covers a pizza dinner and all the night’s activities.
Belanger said she hopes the program continues.
“We have an excellent staff of people local to the area,” she said. “It’s something we have been wanting to do.”
However, Belanger did have one warning for parents.
“We can never promise to send the children home clean,” she said.