Safe Summer 2024

Summer Youth Activity Options for 2024 / Parents Information

Camps

Summer Food Program

  • Westside Locations:
    • Bethany Baptist Church
    • Highland Avenue Playground
    • Christian Church of Chester
    • Memorial Park
    • St. Daniel Empowerment Center
    • Thomas M Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Eastside Locations:
    • Chester Fine Arts
    • Chester Park
    • Salvation Army
    • Washington Park
  • Register on-site at your program location from July 1 to July 3 between 12pm – 3pm

Starr Warrior Camp (CAAT Center)

  • Strength Through African Roots and Rhythms.
  • Welcome to Starr Warrior Camp, a specialized arts summer camp in Chester, PA dedicated to inspiring children to explore their creative side. This camp is designed for kids in 1st-5th grade and offers a variety of skill-building classes, including stilt walking, voice lessons, and theater. Our experienced artists provide top-notch instruction, ensuring each child walks away with newfound talents. 
  • June 17 – July 25
  • 9am – 3pm
  • CAAT Center (2300 W 4th Street, Chester, PA 19013)
  • Website LINK
  • Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesBmXSRhZqtq7fWrSgEMxatp_v9hElQyYCRqvoMZzMEbqq0A/viewform 
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Peace, Liberation, and Arts Camp – Black to the Future: A Celebration of Afrofuturism (4 Circles Beyond)

  • Join us at the Peace, Liberation, & Arts Camp, the ultimate summer experience for creative minds ages 13-18. This year, we are thrilled to announce our 3-week camp entitled: Black to the Future! A celebration of Afrofuturism. 
  • Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to ignite your child’s passion for change through the arts.
  • July 22nd to August 9th
  • Ages 13 – 18
  • Weekdays 9:30am – 3pm
  • 2100 Providence Road, Chester, PA 19013
  • Ahmad Williams
    • PLA Camp Director
    • For questions, please contact camp leadership at ahmad@4circlesbeyond.org or margo@4circlesbeyond.org
  • Website: https://www.4circlesbeyond.org/about-1 
  • Registration: https://form.jotform.com/240654235530046
Sports

Basketball Explosion League (Chester Biddy Basketball League)

  • ***Please note Registration is not complete until payment is paid in full***

SAL PAL

  • Salvation Army Basketball League
  • Details TBA

Chester Panthers Football

Fishhead Fishing Club Children’s Day

  • Saturday, July 13
  • Chester Waterfront (Front and Norris Streets)

Free Martial Arts Lessons

  • Every Saturday this summer
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm at Widener University Center, Room A (on E 14th Street between Walnut and Melrose
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm at the CAAT Center (2300 W 4th Street)
  • Ages 6 – adult
  • No registration required – just walk in!
  • Air conditioned opportunity for exercise and fun

Free Union 2 Summer Home Game Tickets

  • Get up to 5 free tickets per household per match
  • For Chester youth and family members only
  • Tickets are for general seating
  • Stadium parking is free
  • Union 2 vs. Chattanooga: Thursday, July 11 at 6pm
  • Union 2 vs. Cincinnati 2: Friday, August 2 at 3pm
  • Union 2 vs. Chicago Fire 2: Saturday, August 10 at 4pm
  • Union 2 vs. Columbus Crew 2: Monday, August 26 at 6pm
  • Contact the Office of the Mayor (610-447-7718 or publicaffairs@chestercity.com) for tickets and more information

 

Community Events

Also check the community calendar on this page for community events

Pajama Storytime (J Lewis Crozer Library)

Movies at the Library (J Lewis Crozer Library) 

  • Every other Friday
  • 1:30pm
  • Crowd picks the movie from their features

Chester Township Day: Back to School Giveaway

    • August 10
    • 11am – 3pm
    • Free Event
    • The Wilson Center (1150 Engle Street)

Pickleball in Chester

    • Friday, July 13
    • Memorial Park Tennis Courts
    • 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Learn how to play pickleball clinic
    • 6:30pm-8pm: Games and a Round Robin
    • All are welcome, no experience needed! Paddles, balls, and equipment provided, just bring water and a towel. Pizza will also be served.
Parks and Playgrounds

Memorial Park Pool

  • 7 days/week 12pm-6pm
  • Memorial Park Pool is open 7 days / week from 12pm to 6pm, and is FREE to residents! We want everyone to enjoy the pool but it will be on a first come first serve basis. There is a daily sheet to be filled out when entering. There are TWO sessions per day: 12pm to 2:45pm and 3pm to 6pm. The pool area will be cleared between sessions, and entry will be limited based on max pool capacity and the number of lifeguards on duty. Everyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult can bring up to 4 children.

Parks and Playgrounds located throughout the City

Playgrounds

  • Sun Village Park
  • Pulaski Park
  • Washington Park
  • Holy City Park
  • Chester Park
  • 9th and Pennell Streets (in rear)
  • 8th and Lincoln Streets
  • 7th and Pennell Streets (in rear)
  • Memorial Park
  • Highland Gardens
  • 4th and Harwick Streets
  • Concord and Lincoln Streets
  • 2nd and Ellsworth Streets

Basketball Courts

  • 7th Street Basketball Courts
  • Salvation Army Basketball Courts
  • Sun Village Park
  • Pulaski Park
  • Memorial Park
  • Chester Park
  • Crosby Square Park
  • 11th and Upland Park

Fields

  • Baseball: Crozer Park
  • Softball: Eyre Park

Tennis Courts

  • Memorial Park (2 courts) *has lights
  • Sun Village Park (2 courts)
  • Chester Park (6 courts)

Trails

  • Eyre Park – Biking and walking trail
  • Waterfront – biking and walking trail

Community Centers

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • J Lewis Crozer Public Library
    • Hours
      • Tuesday – Thursday 9am – 8pm
      • Friday – Saturday 9am – 4pm
      • Closed Sunday – Monday
      • www.crozerlibrary.org

ACCESS Community Center (701 Booth Street) under Community Centers

Summer Employment / Internship

Success Training and Employment Program (Chester Education Foundation)

  • Ages: 16-18 years old
  • The STEP program is funded by the DELCO Office of Workforce Development. Students earned $15/hour for working in the summer internship program. Students are exposed to several careers with local employers in the city of Chester and surrounding areas. Eligibility requirements are based on federal guidelines for low income and at least one barrier to academic success which can include previous or current involvement with juvenile court, learning disabilities, teen pregnancy, truancy and low academic achievement. Students who participate in the program are encouraged to continue their involvement with Chester Education Foundation’s after-school programs including tutoring, social and cultural enrichment, credit recovery, job and career readiness training.
  • Program Director: Elaine Greene-Upton
  • Phone: 610-364-1212
  • https://www.chestereducation.org/summer-step-success-training-and-employment-program

Ruth L. Bennett Community Farm

  • Ages 14-25
    • Must have a valid work permit
  • June 20th – Aug 1st
  • Email Natania at nschaumburg@chesterha.org or call (210) 788-8158 with questions

9th Street YCC Environmental Corps

  • The 9th Street YCC Environmental Corps is a year-round program for ages 12-16 years old that provides hands-on outdoor activities with a mentoring conversation program. The activities focus on climate change, planting trees, trimming trees, and waterfront clean-ups.
  • Each program session takes place on a Saturday once a month and participants receive a $30 stipend for each monthly activity they participate in.
  • We are now accepting applications for the program.
  • Website: https://9thstreetycc.org/environmental-corps-information/ 
  • Registration: https://9thstreetycc.org/environmental-youthcorps-sign-ups/#sign_up 
  • Saturday, July 20 12pm-2pm
  • Saturday, August 17th 12pm-2pm
Food Programs

Summer Meal Finder

Summer Food Program

  • Westside Locations:
    • Bethany Baptist Church
    • Highland Avenue Playground
    • Christian Church of Chester
    • Memorial Park
    • St. Daniel Empowerment Center
    • Thomas M Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Eastside Locations:
    • Chester Fine Arts
    • Chester Park
    • Salvation Army
    • Washington Park
  • Register on-site at your program location from July 1 to July 3 between 12pm – 3pm

Summer Meal Programs for Kids

  • Stetser Elementary School
    • Breakfast: 8am – 9am
    • Lunch: 11am – 1pm
    • 808 E 17th Street
  • Chester High School
    • Breakfast: 8am – 9am
    • Lunch: 11am – 1pm
    • 200 W 9th Street
  • William Penn School
    • Breakfast: 8am – 9am
    • Lunch: 11am – 1pm
    • 2200 W 9th Street
  • STEM Academy at Showalter
    • Breakfast: 8am – 9am
    • Lunch: 11am – 1pm
    • 110 W 10th Street
  • Chester Salvation Army
    • Lunch: 12pm – 1pm
    • 151 W 15th Street
  • City Team Ministries
    • Breakfast: 8am – 9am
    • Lunch: 11am – 1pm
    • 634 Sproul Street
  • Boys & Girls Club of Chester
    • Breakfast: 8am – 9am
    • Lunch: 11am – 1pm
    • 201 E 7th Street
  • Chester Housing Authority
    • Breakfast: 8am – 9am
    • Lunch: 11am – 1pm
    • 1010 Madison Street

Buckners’ Giving Tree Summer Meal Gap Program

  • Free Breakfast and Lunch To-Go Meals
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm – 2pm
  • June 18th – August 23rd
  • Life in Christ Ministries (3012 W 3rd Street, Chester, PA 19013)

Hot Lunches at ACCESS Community Center

    • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm
    • ACCESS Community Center (701 Booth Street)
Nearby Chester

Instrument Petting Zoo at Marcus Hook Library (Keep Music Alive)

Ridley Baseball Camp

  • Ridley High School Varsity Baseball Field
  • Ages 9 to 15
  • Cost: $100 / camper
  • Week 1: August 5 – 8 from 9am – 1pm for ages 12-15
  • Week 2: August 12 – 15 from 9am – 1pm for ages 9-12
  • Phone: 610-534-4800
  • Website: www.ridleytwp.org

Vacation Bible School (VBS) at The Bridge Church

  • This summer The Bridge Church will be transformed into an adventure at Breaker Rock Beach®, As the crowds come and go and the tides ebb and flow, Breaker Rock rises majestically as a symbol of strength, standing firm against the force of wind and waves. At Breaker Rock Beach, kids will learn to recognize the difference between what the world says is true and what God says is true. They’ll encounter everyday sayings that sound right, but dangerously miss the truth found in God’s Word. Each day kids will be challenged to know that God’s truth never changes—even when it’s radically different from what some people say. They’ll discover that God does not want them to be conformed to this age, but to be transformed by the renewing of their minds so that they can discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).
  • Ages Pre-K4 through 5th grade
  • Free
  • August 5 – 8
  • 6pm – 8:30pm
  • The Bridge Church (1345 Market Street, Linwood, PA 19061)
  • Website: https://www.thebridgechurch.today/
  • Registration: https://bridgechurchgive.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/2252587

Kids Bowl Free at MacDade Bowl

  • All participants must wear bowling shoes – rental shoes available. Not good for use with daycare outings, camps, business or club outings, or birthday party celebrations.
  • Purchased Family Passes are valid for use only during posted Kids Bowl Free times and when bowling with a Kids Bowl Free child from your family. Valid for 2 Free Games Per Day, Per Person. Participating centers reserve the right to assign the number of lanes based upon the size of your group.
  • MacDade Bowl reserves the right to limit the number of lanes available for the Kids Bowl Free Program at times when lanes are committed to other groups or organizations.
  • Kids Bowl Free was designed to be used by families as an outing to do together therefore when using the Family Pass a registered child on your family pass must be present and bowling.
  • All Bowlers must wear approved bowling shoes. Rental Shoes for Kids Bowl Free are $3.00 a pair.
  • Kids Bowl Free Coupons cannot be used to pay for any amount to book or amount due on a reservation.
  • June 1 – August 31
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1pm-5pm
  • Friday, Sunday 1pm-6pm
  • CLOSED Wednesday and Saturday
  • Registration: https://kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=3877 

DCTS Summer STEAM Camps

Academy of Champions Summer Learning Camp

  • July 8 – August 9
  • 8:30am – 1pm
  • Church of the Overcomer (1016 Sunset Street, Trainer, PA 19061)
  • Cost: $35/week plus one-time $45 registration fee
  • Call 610-485-6090 or email churchoftheovercomer@gmail.com for more details

Family and Youth Splash Party

  • Every Tuesday 6pm – 9pm
  • Folcroft Swim Club
  • Cost: $10 for non-members (includes food and drink)

 

Summer Curfew Notice

9 PM - 6 AM

A curfew for juveniles 17 years old or younger is in effect from 9pm – 6am every night through August 31

Submit Programs and Events

If you are running a program or event for youth in or around Chester that you would like to be included on this page, please email all relevant information to publicaffairs@chestercity.com for review.