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Remember: An email will be sent to you the Friday BEFORE each event giving you specific details about the location, address, and what to bring and expect.
Teens age 12-18 with Down syndrome are welcome to sign up for these events. There is no charge for these events during the school year.
OPEN STARS Registrations
Family Night at the Mavericks Game @ Silverstein Eye Arena in Independence, MO
Game Time: February 1st, 2020 @7:05pm and Bobblehead Give-Away Night
Teen Tickets: $10, Family Tickets $15 (Ages 2 and under free)
This will be a night where any and all family is welcome to join in the fun! Family members must purchase their own tickets, and a ticket for their teen with Down syndrome. DSG has reduced the cost of the Teen ticket and will pick up some of the cost. This is a great opportunity for families to go out together with all their friends from DSG! The theme of the evening is the Mascot's birthday party so all the mascots from all the local colleges, professional teams, etc will be there including KC Wolf, Slugger, etc. It's going to be a great time! Get your tickets now! (Closes 12-20-19)
Pottery With My Peeps @ DSG: Pottery Painting Class offered October 23rd from 6-8pm. Ceramic Cafe is bringing the party to us! They will bring plates for everyone to decorate, along with lots of fun paints and stencils. Make this as a gift for a loved one for the holidays or make it for yourself. Teens will NOT leave with their pottery that night. The pottery will need to be fired and brought back to DSG a week later. Teens can pick up at a future STARS event or at the DSG office at a later date. Come hang out with friends, paint, and have fun expressing yourself through painting! (Closes 10/16/19 @ 8pm)
Pumpkin Carving with Friends @ Rotary Youth Camp in Lee's Summit: Offered October 24th from 6-8pm. Get ready for Halloween by creating a fun pumpkin with friends. There will be tools available to decorate your pumpkin however you want! Bring a friend (a typical peer from school or family friend/sibling) who can work with you to create the best pumpkin in our pumpkin decorating contest! (Closes 10/17/19 @ 8pm)
Haunted Yoga @ DSG: Offered October 30th from 6-8pm. Our favorite Yoga instructors Sophie and Tierney are back and this time with a team approach! Our STARS groups have grown so big that we will have two yoga classes at the same time! Teens will get to visit both instructors while enjoying the festive decor and black lights of the room. Haunted Yoga isn't scary, don't worry. Its all for fun! Remember the GLOW parties and Halloween Dances? Same idea only with Yoga! You can even come in costume, just make sure you are fully covered for our yoga poses! (Closes 10/23/19 @ 8pm)
Sensory Friendly Nutcracker Usher and Show @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Downtown): Offered December 18th at 6pm (Usher arrive at 4:30pm)
DSG STARS will again get the opportunity to experience what it is like to work as an usher at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts! This was a HUGE success last year and thanks to the great job our teens did, they have asked us to come back! Teens will work alongside one of the Kauffman Center ushers, gaining valuable work experience in a safe environment. Even if your teen isn't ready to be an usher, the whole family can still go to the event! We are currently looking for 30 more ushers!
Teens interested in being an usher and families who are chaperones or who are attending with an usher: Each usher must have a chaperone to stay near them during the usher part of the evening. This is for the safety of all involved. Usher tickets are discounted to $15 as DSG will pick up the other half of the ticket since teens will be working part of the evening. These tickets are limited and are FCFS. Family members chaperoning each usher can purchase additional tickets through DSG at $28 each. You may purchase tickets for any family members in your party through DSG. This is a HUGE discount for the Kauffman Center! Tickets normally range in the $50+ range per seat.
Teens and families wishing to attend who do NOT have a teen usher in their party: Tickets cost around $28 each with fees and taxes. Big Discount!! You will order your tickets through the Kauffman Center directly as they prefer to handle the ticket sales for this event. DSG will only handle the usher tickets since we are paying for half of the ticket. Please call: 816.931.8993 to reserve your tickets. They are FCFS and this sensory friendly event is only offered this one night.
Find out more about the Sensory Friendly Nutcracker by visiting here.
The Good Life Series: The Learning Continues @ UMKC Propel: Offered November 4th from 6-8pm. Caregivers and Self-Advocates will attend together. Self-Advocates will have a pizza dinner at Pizza 51 and a campus tour, while caregivers will be provided important information from DSG staff in a nearby classroom about educational opportunities available, entrance criteria, documentation requirements, support services available, financial aid, and more. Check out The Good Life Series here. You do not have to attend these sessions for the entire series. You can come to any and all that you wish, whenever they are offered. (Closes 11/1/19 @12pm).
Magic Man in Topeka, KS at TARC: Offered November 5th from 6-8pm. Learn some magic tricks and enjoy a fun show from Curtis Sneden. He will put on a fun show for us and then teach us how it is done so you can wow your family and friends with some awesome magic!
There will be no rides from DSG for this event as we now have staff coming from Manhattan to run this event. Please plan to sign up only if you have a ride to this location. (Closes 10/30/19 @8pm)
Learning2Fly in Mission, KS: Offered November 6th from 6-8pm @ Learning2Fly (a couple blocks away from DSG). Put your flying skills to the test at Learning2Fly! Hang out on the silks and hammocks and visit with friends. Complete a fun craft and learn to relax your body to get a good nights sleep! Come hang with us! Designed by your Shining STARS leaders! (Closes 10/30/19 @8pm)
Pilgrim Escape Room @ DSG: Offered November 13th from 6-8pm. Join your friends while you work together to think like pilgrims and escape to get to Thanksgiving Dinner on time! Tasks will focus on skills necessary to become more independent, while ultimately leading you to a fun Thanksgiving treat with friends. Designed by your Shining STARS leaders!
Registrations OPENING SOON:
Registration opening Sunday, October 20th at 8pm:
Thankful for Friends @ DSG: Offered November 20th from 6-8pm. This is a great time of year to show your friends and our community how thankful you are for them. Our Shining STARS leaders have planned a fun night with friends to give thanks to all those who help us in our lives while having fun!
Healthy Recipes for the Holidays @ Rotary Youth Camp in Lee's Summit: Offered November 21st from 6-8pm. Learn to make some fun holiday recipes so you can contribute to your family Thanksgiving meal!
SAVE THE DATES:
12-3-19: STARS Lawrence
12-4-19: Shopping with the STARS Prep
12-8-19: STARS Holiday Shoppe and the DSG Holiday Party
12-11-19: Cooking Class: Warm Cooking for a Cold Day
12-18-19: Sensory Friendly Nutcracker (Registration now open! See above)
12-19-19: STARS Lee's Summit
2-1-20: Maverick's Game: Tickets available above