Cheyenne River’s teenagers are getting to celebrate the end of summer with a closeout bash and special Midnight Basketball tournament this evening. Now it’s the little kids’ turn: Next Friday, August 23, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will host a special “Sing the Summer Out” party for the 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main youth center next door.
Scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. in the Cokata Wiconi gymnasium, the music-themed party will include karaoke singing and dancing contests, plus popular games such as musical chairs, Freeze Dance, the limbo, conga lines, and Finish the Lyrics. The party is open free to all youth ages 4 to 12, and CRYP staff and volunteers will provide snacks and dinner.
“We’re looking forward to opening Cokata Wiconi’s doors to our younger children,” said Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s youth programs director. “‘Sing the Summer Out’ will give them special access to what is normally the big kids’ domain, and it definitely will be a fun, positive way to channel all that summertime energy as we say goodbye to vacation time and ring in the new school year.”
Once the children have arrived and signed in at 4 p.m., they’ll have some free time for music and dancing. The games will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with plenty of fresh fruit to keep energy levels high. CRYP will serve sandwiches, chips and pickles for dinner at 6 p.m. and will fire up the karaoke machine afterward. The evening will conclude with a dancing contest at 7:30 p.m., with the doors closing at 8 p.m.
To learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and its programs, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (605) 964-8200 or visit www.lakotayouth.org. And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.