Teens can hang with friends or meet new ones at the STC Underground this fall while participating in new and free activities, both near and far.
If your teen has the end-of-summer-blues, participating in the annual Super Soaker Battle and Make Your Own Pizza Party is sure to cheer them up.
Teens should bring their own water guns to the Super Soaker Battle from 2-5pm Saturday, August 17, at Mt. St. Mary Park. Underground staff will provide food to grill throughout the afternoon. Cost is $5 per person.
During the Pizza Party from 4-7pm Thursday, August 29, staff will provide ingredients for teens to make their own homemade pizza pie creations. This event is free but please register.
Other free events include Board Game Night held from 3-6pm Thursdays, September 26 and October 24, and Study Night from 6-7:45pm on Tuesdays, September 3 and 17, October 1 and 15 and November 5.
To celebrate the Halloween season, the Underground has planned many special free events including Scary Movie Madness nights from 6-8pm each Wednesday from October 9-23; Pumpkin Seed Roasting from 6-8pm Friday, October 25; and a Costume Contest from 6-8pm Thursday, October 31.
Additionally, teens will head to Goebbert’s Farm in Hamphire from 12-5pm Saturday, October 19, to take in all the fall festivities at the Hampshire pumpkin patch. The fee is $20 plus the cost of admission. Transportation is included.
Other trips outside the teen center include a cruise down the Fox River on a paddlewheel riverboat. Teens will meet at Pottawatomie Park to take the River Cruise from 12-3pm Saturday, October 5 and experience the river’s scenic fall foliage and a piece of history aboard the St. Charles Belle, as they travel up and down the river. The trip is free but please register.
Another free trip, in partnership with the St. Charles Public Library, includes a tour of the Mitsuwa Japanese Grocery Store in Arlington Heights from 1-4pm Saturday, October 12. Teens will have a chance to shop for food items, visit the food court and stop by the bookstore.
If your teen is into gaming, especially Super Smash Bros, they won’t want to miss the opportunity to compete against friends at the Underground. A friendly competition will take place from 6-9pm Saturdays, September 21 and November 16. But the competition will ramp up during Smashgiving – The Ultimate Smash Bros Tournament from 6-10pm Saturday, November 9. Also held in partnership with the St. Charles Public Library, the night will include pizza and refreshments and prizes for the winners. The event is free and registration is available on site at the STC Underground the day of the event.
For foodie teens or those who enjoy the staples of Thanksgiving, the Underground will hold their own Thanksgiving Dinner Warm Up in preparation of the big day from 6-10pm Friday, November 22. All ideas are welcome and teens are encouraged to tell staff their menu, so they can provide the ingredients. The fee is $5 per person.
“The Underground provides a safe, supervised and positive environment for teens to be themselves,” said Darby Beasley, Teen Center Director. “With more than 1,000 teen members, we try to cater to a variety of interests and their input shapes what we offer each season.”
Membership for the Underground is free and open to teens ages 11-19 in middle or high school residing in the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 boundaries.
For more information about the Underground programs or to register, visit www.stcparks.org or call Darby Beasley at 630-513-4321.