Keep your child engaged all summer

Did you know that Community Education’s Youth Connections program is open all summer?
With the end of the school year upon us, many parents may be looking for a safe, engaging place and people to care for their children over the summer. Youth Connections provides child care all summer long for kids ages 3 through sixth grade and has a wonderful slate of field trips scheduled for participants.
If your child has completed any grade kindergarten through sixth grade, there are weekly adventures starting in June and continuing through August. Weekly adventures include William O’Brien State Park, Gibbs Farm, JJ’s Bowling, a St. Croix River cruise, Circus Juventas, Tamarack Nature Center, Fort Snelling and Crayola Creations, and it wraps up with a State Fair-themed food-on-a-stick event.
The best part is that all of these field trips are included as part of your weekly Youth Connections fee. There is no additional cost to attend any of these wonderful adventures.
Supplementing the Youth Connections weekly adventures, Community Education is also offering a number of field trips this summer for kids of all ages. “Wonderful Wednesdays” has summer field trips to Shoreview Tropics Indoor Waterpark, the Trollhaugen Aerial Adventure Park, the Big Thrill Family Entertainment Center, the Crystal Cave, and a trip to see the Minnesota Lynx play the Atlanta Dream.
Youth Connections and Wonderful Wednesdays are a great way for parents to have peace of mind knowing their children are well taken care of and engaged in activities that promote wonder and learning all summer long. Both are great examples of ways North Branch Area Public Schools supports families, not just when school is in session, but all year long.
On a final note, the NBAPS referendum election is May 23 and I encourage you to vote. Visit our website ( to learn more about the three ballot questions that request funds to maintain our schools, improve athletic spaces and invest in classroom technology. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at North Branch Area Education Center on May 23.

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