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Over 100 kids attended the grand opening of Club 785 at the Eudora Rec Center on Saturday night. Club 785 is a program for kids ages 9-14 where they can play and have fun in a safe environment.
Program Coordinators Sherry Sedlick and Sylvia Swain started the program to provide kids with healthy activities like basketball, dancing, and other sports activities in a supervised social setting. One of the features of Club 785 is that once an adult signs in their child, they are “locked-in” until either a parent picks them up or they choose to leave, but re-entry is not allowed.
“Our program also allows the parents to know that their kids are being taken care of and don’t have to worry if they want to go out on date night,” Sedlick said. “They can go have dinner and see a movie and don’t have to worry about getting back home quickly.”
Registration for Club 785 began at 7:00 PM and activities started as kids were arriving for their “night out”. Kids could roam the Rec Center to find the activity they wanted to participate in. The gym was packed as a 3 on 3 basketball tournament got underway. Kids also enjoyed the dance room area and snacks were provided in another room. Face painting was also a popular activity as many kids enjoyed time with peers in a controlled environment.
“There has been nothing like this for the kids in Eudora,” Sedlick told us. “We wanted to give kids the opportunity to get out and do something on a Saturday night.”
Sedlick said that they tried the program in other cities in the past but it never really took off. This time around, it appears, at least initially, that the program may be headed for success. We talked to a few of the kids attending and they seemed to like the idea of Club 785.
“I think it’s really fun,” 12-year-old Meadow Meyer told us as she was waiting to get her face painted. “I think they should definitely do it more.”
Club 785 will be “open” again on April 27, May 4, and May 18. The cost for Club 785 is $10 for those attending from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM and $20 for 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM.