Upcoming STARS Events
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. Click here to make sure your child is signed up.
Upcoming events for May 2019.
Wed, May. 22nd, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
Fossil Finds in Bonner Springs (1800 S 121st St, Bonner Springs,KS,66012)
Teens will explore the Bonner Springs Rock Quarry to find fossils. Fossils are found daily by APAC workers there and they are going to allow us to come in and find some of our very own. Teens should be able to leave this event with a real fossil to take home.
Thurs, May. 23rd, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
STARS Lee's Summit: Teens Give Back to Rotary Camp Night @ Rotary Youth Camp
It's important for teens to learn to give back. On this night we will be doing jobs around Youth Rotary Camp to help them get ready for summer camps. Jobs could involve cleaning, tidying, working outside, and hands on work to help them prepare. Come ready to work and give back!
Wed, May. 29th, 2019 6:00pm
Parent and Teen Information Night @ DSG Office 5960 Dearborn Street
Learn about STARS, the upcoming year and new programming within STARS, summer camp questions answered, meet STARS staff, ask questions and get answers! This is your chance to learn all about what the app is actually used for, how registration will look in the upcoming year, what STARS will look like and what changes will be made, etc. Come with questions and Julie will answer them! Bring teens along. They need to learn too! Teens are not required to attend, however, if they do attend a parent must also attend. This is NOT a drop off event.
This will conclude our FREE Wednesday night events until the end of August. Those wishing to participate in events throughout the summer can register at the link below. Events will take place on Tuesdays 1-4pm and Fridays 9am-12pm throughout the summer. There is $125 fee for this summer camp, not to be confused with the overnight camp which is just the week of June 24-28th.
Click here to see all the options available and see registration deadlines.
Summer Event for ALL STARS Families
Friday, June 7, 2019: 4:30-6:30pm Tailgate, 7:00pm T-Bones Game
DSG will provide the tailgate food in the parking lot prior to the game. You provide the chairs and tailgate games for fun! A fun family event. Bring anyone you like and have a good time. Only those who have purchased tickets to the game will be allowed at the tailgate. Families can come anytime between 4:30-6:30pm. Tickets are $12 per person. Please purchase at the link below prior to May 11th at 12am.
Tickets have already been purchased for this event. Registration closed May 11th.
Those who register for Tuesday/Friday camp via the link above will be sent information on how to register for individual events. If you pay, you will have access to all the events listed, so do not worry about not getting a spot (except for the August 9th event, which is limited to 25).
Events scheduled for summer camp:
Register for all events at one link! Email will be sent after you register for camp to sign up.
Tuesday, June 4 1-4pm: Alpaca Farm- (Bonner Springs): Teens will get to be up close and personal with alpacas. The farm is ready for us to meet and greet, make an art project out of alpaca wool, and so much more! The van will be available on FCFS basis for transportation, however all registered for camp will have a spot at the farm. https://mannameadowsalpacas.com/
Friday, June 7 1:30-10pm: T-Bones stadium tour (1:30pm), shopping at Legends (2:30-4:30), Tailgate (4:30-6:30pm) and T-bones game (7:00-10pm) (Teens will do the stadium tour and shopping with DSG staff, parents will purchase discounted tickets to have their teen attend the game with them-DSG will not supervise the game. Tailgate food will be provided in the parking lot for all families who attend the game). More details later. The tailgate and game will be a family event. Stadium tour and shopping is the summer camp event. This is Disney themed night as well. http://www.tbonesbaseball.com/
Tuesday, June 11 1-4pm: Compassion Experience at Nowlin Hall (Downtown, KCMO): Teens will be serving residents in the Phoenix Family Community who either have physical disabilities, are seniors, or are from low income backgrounds. They have a food pantry which needs organizing, a closet that needs some TLC, we will be planting flowers and painting pots to put them in for the residents, and if there is time we will play BINGO with the residents. This will be an experience to teach teens about the importance of giving back to those less fortunate, but also to learn some job skills in the process. https://www.phoenixfamily.org/about-us/mission.html
Friday, June 14 9am-12pm: Tucker Leadership Lab (Liberty, MO: William Jewell University)): Problem Solving in a fun way, trying out obstacles on the ground. There are ropes courses in the air, but we are NOT doing those. We will be doing a specially created leadership/problem solving course designed specifically for us by Julie and the Tucker Team. https://www.jewell.edu/learn/beyond-classroom/tucker-leadership-lab
Tuesday, June 18: No Summer Camp- preparing for Camping with the STARS
Friday, June 21: No Summer Camp- preparing for Camping with the STARS
June 24-28th: Camping with the STARS- separate sign up
Tuesday, July 2: No Summer Camp- due to holiday
Friday, July 5: No Summer Camp-due to holiday
Tuesday, July 9 1-4pm: Epic Sports Lodge: Teens will be playing wacky sports, soccer, wiffleball, kickball, relay races, etc. (Independence) https://www.kcsportslodge.com/
Friday, July 12 9am-12pm: Blue River Forrest School (Overland Park): A favorite from last year, teens will get to explore in the creek more this year. We will have a picnic lunch here and explore the great outdoors. https://blueriverforestexperience.org/forestschool
Tuesday, July 16 1-4pm: School of Economics (Blue Springs): Teens will work in groups to run different stores and sell different items. They will make their product and then sell it, as well as getting to walk around and purchase items. We will work on making and keeping money and learning how to spend it appropriately. http://www.schoolofecon.org/
Friday, July 19 9am-12pm: Kansas City Downtown Scavenger Hunt (Downtown, KCMO): We will try out public transportation! We will meet downtown and take the streetcar. While on its route, we will get off at different locations to find different things. We will visit places like (but not guaranteed) the downtown library, the downtown rooftop park, union station, Kauffman center, etc.
Tuesday, July 23 1-4pm: Spiderman: Far From Home Movie at B&B Theatre (Liberty, MO): We have an entire theatre to ourselves. Parents will need to send money for snacks so teens can work on money skills and making choices https://www.bbtheatres.com/location/liberty-cinema-12
Friday, July 26 9am-12pm: Deanna Rose Farmstead (Overland Park, KS): Teens will be checking out the farm and enjoying all the sights, but will also take a turn at volunteering in the goat pen to help the children feed the goats. It is important to give back! Deanna Rose is counting on us to volunteer and we must provide assistance. Not all teens have to volunteer, as we know that some may not like this sort of up close interaction. Staff will be with teens in the goat pen as well. https://www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/deanna-rose-childrens-farmstead/
Tuesday, July 30 1-4pm: Pinnacle Gymnastics (Shawnee, KS): Teens will be learning gymnastics and having fun in the gym. https://pinngym.com/
Friday, August 2 9am-12pm: Hip Hop, Grafiti, and Record Scratching at Break Free Kansas City with SugEasy (Overland Park, KS): Teens will learn the basics of Hip Hop with our favorite local rapper. He will teach dancing moves, safe and appropriate grafiti as an art form, and record scratching (im sure theres a technical name for it). SugEasy came to us for Spring Break camp, now we get to see his studio! https://breakfreekansascity.com/
Tuesday, August 6 1-4pm: Fun in the Park (Broadmoor Park, Mission, KS): Teens will be able to hang out with friends, play sports on the baseball and soccer fields, theres a playground, and a shelter. We will have some snacks and have a good time celebrating the end of summer and a fun camp!
Friday, August 9 9am-12pm: Heartland Therapeutic Riding Center (19655 Antioch,
Bucyrus, KS 66013): We will be visiting a different horse riding center where we will get to care for and learn about horses. Teens will do several activities at the center including, but not limited to, grooming horses, art projects, games, hay rides, etc. There will be a van leaving from DSG and rides available on FCFS basis. There are only 25 spots available for this event, due to limited space at the center. Not all campers will get a spot to this event, but this is the only event with limited space. We will NOT be riding the horses. https://www.heartlandtherapeuticriding.org/our-program/camp/