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.
Wed., Dec. 19th, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cookie Conundrum @ DSG
Bring a friend without Down syndrome to be your partner to solve the cookie mixup! Wrong ingredient? Wrong temp? It’s like a breakout room, only you aren’t locked anywhere, you just need to figure out how to make the perfect cookie! Gluten free group available.
Registration for January/February Events begins at 8am on 12/6/18! Links will not work until that time.
Wed., Jan. 2nd, 2019
Tues., Jan. 8th, 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm
STARS Lawrence Craft Night @ Union Pacific Depot in Lawrence, KS
Come make crafts with friends for the homeless. DSG loves to give back. What a great way to visit with friends and give back to those in need. We hope our friends from Topeka and Mission will join the fun! A van from DSG will be headed to Lawrence. Reserve your seat in the van when you register!
Wed., Jan. 9th, 2019 4:00pm to 8:00pm (exact time will be posted as soon as we know).
Snow Tubing with Midwest Adaptive Sports @ Snow Creek in Weston, MO (Northland)
Midwest Adaptive Sports is having an adaptive winter sports night at Snow Creek, in Weston, MO. They have allowed DSG to reserve 37 spots for our families, as this event fills up fast! Teens will have the opportunity to do Snow Shoeing, Snow Tubing, and other winter sports in a safe and welcoming environment, free of the crazy skiers and professional snow tubers! This is going to be a fun night of exercise, without even realizing it! Teens will need to provide their own warm clothes, gloves, etc to participate. Tubes and sporting equipment will be provided. Time will most likely be 4-6pm or 6-8pm. Waiting for final word from Midwest Adaptive Sports. This event is hosted by Midwest Adaptive Sports, so it will NOT be staffed by DSG. The idea is that each teen takes a parent or older sibling with them to have a fun night! At this time there is no cost for the event. More details and registration through Midwest Adaptive Sports will be coming soon.
Registration will open for this event once we receive information from Midwest Adaptive Sports. Stay tuned...
Wed., Jan. 16th, 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Apple Pie Painting @ DSG
Apple Pie Painting will be at DSG to teach us how to use our creative minds to create beautiful works of art. Teens will be doing a piece called "Snowy Night." This event will consist mostly of teens sitting down and painting, getting up occasionally for a snack or drink while waiting for portions of their painting to dry. There will be blow dryers as well to help dry the paintings, which could be loud at times. Everything will be provided for teens, they need to only bring themselves!
Wed., Jan. 23rd, 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Transition Bootcamp: Transition Planning & Self-Determination @ DSG
This event was originally scheduled in December, but we rescheduled it due to the Kauffman Center Nutcracker Event. If you were registered before, you will remain registered. Teens will be learning Self-Advocacy skills, while parents spend time learning about transition planning, funding for what comes after high school, person centered planning, and beginning to coordinate supports after high school to build independence.
Thurs, Jan. 24th, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
Minute-2-Win-It @ Rotary Youth Camp in Lee's Summit, MO
Come join us at our other new area in Lee’s Summit, MO. This event was rescheduled from November, due to the Snow Storm. You will need to register again for this event ifyou were already registered. Play some fun games and get to know new friends in the dining hall! Anyone is welcome, but we especially hope our friends in this area will join us! Come check out the home to our Spring Break and Summer Camps while there!
Wed., Jan. 30th, 2019
NO STARS due to event on Saturday, February 2nd.
Saturday, Feb. 2nd 2019 6pm to 10:00pm
Mavericks Hockey Game @ Independence Events Center
The Mavericks Mascot, Mac, is having a birthday party and the Mavericks are celebrating with a Ninja Turtle themed night! It is Mac bobblehead give away night as well! DSG has reserved tickets in our favorite section, 101, at a discounted rate. At least one parent will need to attend with each teen. Parents will need to pay for their tickets ($14) and pay $5 for each teen ticket. DSG will cover the rest of the cost for teens. Parking is free at Independence Center. Last year this was a HUGE hit and everyone had a good time. Mavericks games are very family friendly, with lots of intermission entertainment for kids and teens. This year we get to go on Ninja Turtle night and Bobblehead give-away night! How cool! Reserve your tickets and bring as many family members as you like! Get your tickets by January 16th at noon to be in on the fun!
Tues, Feb. 5th, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
STARS Topeka Yoga @ TARC in Topeka, KS
Topeka, Lawrence, and even Mission friends, join us for an evening of Yoga! Our experienced instructor will help us relax and rejuvenate our bodies so we are ready to take on the world! A van will come from the DSG office to bring interested individuals to Topeka IF there is enough interest. Register your teen for a seat in the van when you register for this event.
Wed, Feb. 6th, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
Taste Buds Kitchen in Leawood, KS
Taste Buds Kitchen will teach teens how to make great dishes and be safe in the kitchen. Teens will go through a cooking class and have fun learning new recipes and enoying some food. Teens will eat during this event. Limited space, so sign up early!
Wed, Feb. 13th, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
STARS Give Back to the NICU Babies @ DSG
DSG loves to give back to those in need. We will work with a representative from Children's Mercy to create NICU Baby gifts for Valentine's Day. Many of our teens spent time in the NICU as babies and we love to give back to those who are going through some of the same struggles currently. This will be a crafty evening for our teens.
Mon, Feb. 18th, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
Child Care Basics Class @ DSG ($25 class fee)
Back by popular demand, the Child Care Basics Class will be offered on President's Day, when most teens are off school! Teens will learn valuable skills needed to care for young children in a hands on way! Certificate given at end of class. Class size limited to 10. Taught by Julie Brickey. Also sign up for First Aid Class after a lunch break, on the same day! Applications due January 25th. Participants will be notified by January 28th.
Mon, Feb. 18th, 2019 1:00pm-3:00pm
Safety Basics Class @ DSG ($25 class fee)
Give your teen the first aid and safety knowledge they need to survive in the real world! This class aims to teach basic first aid when accidents occur. Teens will also learn about online, texting, and general safety when it comes to social media. Topics such as safety with friends, the difference between friendship and dating, and appropriate interactions and relationships will be discussed in an interactive approach to best teach our teens. Taught by Julie Brickey. Teens may stay between the childcare class and safety class if attending both. Sack lunch will need to be provided from home. Applications due January 25th. Participants will be notified by January 28th.
Wed, Feb. 20th, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
Transition Bootcamp: Job Fair @ Sylvester Powell Community Center
Back by popular demand, STARS will host its Second Annual Job Fair! This year we will move the fair over to Sylvester Powell, so there is plenty of room to move around. Teens will have the opportunity to explore different employer booths, have a mock job interview, and practice filling out job applications. The intent is not for teens to get hired as this is strictly mock interviews, however, last year three teens were offered jobs during the process. The purpose of this event is to give teens the opportunity to practice in a safe environement.
Thurs, Feb. 21st, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
STARS Lee's Summit Healthy Snack Cooking Class @ Youth Rotary Camp
Everyone loves to snack, but having healthy options is important! Teens will spend the evening learning healthy snack recipes, creating them independently, and learning the skills necessary to reproduce these and many other snack options at home on their own.
Wed, Feb. 27th, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
Greatest Showman Night Under the Big Tent @ DSG
Let's enjoy an evening filled with sing alongs, circus themed snacks and games, etc. We may even watch the movie too! So many requests have come in for the Greatest Showman, so let's make a night of it! Although there may not be an actual tent and elephants, we will for sure make it feel like it!
STARS Spring Break and Summer Camps Page is now open and registration is ready!
Click here to see all the options available and see registration deadlines.