William "Bill" Austen Youth Center
The William "Bill" Austen Youth Center, located adjacent to Eagle Skate Park, includes a 9,900 square foot recreation center and offers something fun for everyone! Kids can enjoy and participate in youth classes, after-school programs, special events, and day camps throughout the year.
Get more information on the Youth Center by clicking on the links below for details on that topic and/or scroll down to see all details.
* Creative Cubs Preschool
* TIGERS After School Program
* Day Camps
* Birthday Parties & Facility Rentals
* Charter School Childcare
CREATIVE CUBS PRESCHOOL
Located within the Youth Center, the Creative Cubs Learning Center for children ages 3-5 years offers Free VPK* from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and affordable wrap-around child care Monday through Friday from 6:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Creative Cubs' programs help children reach their full potential and prepare them for kindergarten. Creative Cubs Learning Center promotes the development of literacy, reading, and more through an age-appropriate curriculum. The weekly fee includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack for all full-time students. Please note: Children must be self-sufficient in restroom care.
* The VPK program is free for all children who reside in Florida and turn four years old on or before September 1. Creative Cubs also offers a preschool program for children not meeting the VPK requirements. For more information or to register, please call (239) 242-3968.
Creative Cubs is licensed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF #2OLE0066)
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TIGERS After School Program
The TIGERS after-school program is offered Monday-Friday from 2:30-6:00 p.m. for children in grades K-8 for a weekly fee. Students engage in daily homework assistance, indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, and more. Enrollment for the current school year is open!
This after-school program is licensed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF #C2OLE0066). Tigers After School program is partially funded by the Community Block Grant Fund.
TIGERS Club offers extended care until 8:00 pm, with video games, a free snack, and more. The fee for Tigers Club also includes admission to "Game Night" on Friday nights!
The William Austen Youth Center offers various programs, including skate and scooter lessons at Eagle Skate Park. See details and view upcoming class dates and times in the current Parks & Recreation Program Guide, or contact the Youth Center at 239-242-3950 for more information or to sign up.
When school's out, Parks and Recreation is open for fun! The Youth Center offers day camps and school's out days for children in grades K-8 when school is out for summer, winter, and spring breaks, and select school holidays. Participants enjoy day trips, indoor and outdoor activities, guest speakers, games, crafts, and more! Campers must bring a nutritious lunch and two snacks.
Some day camps are offered at multiple locations (including the Youth Center, Oasis Elementary South, and Oasis Elementary North), and other camps are offered at the Youth Center only.
--> See details and register for upcoming day camps online
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES & FACILITY RENTALS
Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to celebrate your special day? Are you looking for a convenient venue to host your next birthday party, banquet, training, or seminar? Look no further! All rentals include the space rented, tables, chairs, restroom access, ample parking, and the option to bring your own food and décor.
The Youth Center and Eagle Skate Park also offer a variety of add-ons and packages ranging from music, video games, nerf battles, snow cones, pizza, party assistants, and more!
Examples of celebrations hosted at the Youth Center include:
- Sweet 16 Parties
- Graduation Parties
- Baby Showers
- Sports Banquets
Be sure to book your date early, as dates and times fill up quickly. To complete your request, fill out a Party Rental Agreement form and bring it with your deposit to the Youth Center during regular office hours.
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CHARTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE
Staff from the Youth Center also takes care of facilitating before and after-school care programs at the City's Charter Schools (Oasis Elementary and Christa McAuliffe Elementary). Please note that participation in these programs is limited to students who are enrolled in those charter schools.
For more information, call 239-242-3965.