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Where can teenagers go to have fun and stay out of trouble?

Cece Nunn
Jungle Rapids

Riders swirl around inside the Super Bowl at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park. (StarNews file photo)

Of course, this answer depends on the teens. What one might classify as fun, another might label “lame” or whatever word means “lame” in the vernacular among the teens of 2011.

Aside from spending time at home, at the beach or in school and other educational extra-curricular activities, the field trip descriptions on the Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington, which has locations at 901 Nixon St.,n Wilmington, and at the American Legion Building at 530 W. 9th St., Southport [Map this], provide a promising list of places where teenagers, even if they’re not members of the club, can go to stay out of trouble while still having an adult-approved version of fun.

Becoming a member of the club is easy, however, as there are no prerequisites for enrolling, and the organization has a low membership fee of $20 per year, per child. Additional costs come into play for the following field trips, copied from the club’s website. The prices listed are just for the Community Boys & Girls Club members. Teens who go on their own will need more cash.

  • Mayfaire Regal Stadium 16: Members will travel to Mayfaire Regal Stadium 16, 900 Town Center Drive, Wilmington [Map this], where they will attend a movie showing. ($6 & does not include refreshments)
  • Tenpin Alley: Bowling, anyone? Two games of bowling, shoes, two slices of pizza and unlimited drinks at 127 S. College Road No. 1, Wilmington [Map this]. ($6)
  • Jellybeans Family Skate Center: Find us gliding over the skate floor this summer at Jellybeans Family Skate Center, 5216 Oleander Drive, Wilmington [Map this]. Includes slice of pizza and beverage. ($6.00)
  • N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher: The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach [Map this], will offer a variety of programs for our youth. Also offered and included in the price is a trip to SharkBites for a bite to eat! Chips, Rice Krispy treat & juice box come with your sandwich (ham and cheese, turkey, pimento cheese, or bologna and cheese). ($9.35)
  • Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park: Get wet-n-wild this summer at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, 5320 Oleander Drive, Wilmington [Map this]. On the agenda are Million Gallon Wavepool, Lazy River, Kiddie Splash and much more! Teens also will be able to experience a quarter-mile of treacherous turns and banking hairpins on the Grand Prix Go-Kart track! ($20.95 for Teens)
  • The following are are some of the CBGC activities for teens ages 13 to 18 and junior members ages 10 to 12 only, with prices that reflect group discounts.

  • Cape Fear Riverboats sightseeing cruise: The Henrietta III departs from Water and Dock streets, Wilmington, and has pizza lunch on board. ($11 for Juniors & $14 for Teens)
  • Ripley’s Aquarium, Myrtle Beach: Who is ready for Myrtle Beach? 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, S.C., to be exact. Learn about the world’s oceans through a number of fun, hands-on activities. Includes lunch. ($12.50 for Juniors & $19.50 for Teens)
  • The Ice House: Any future figure skaters on our hands? We’ll find out when we travel to The Ice House, 7201 Ogden Business Lane, Ogden. Price includes drink & pizza or hotdog. ($8)
  • Brigade Boys & Girls Club

    Brigade Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington, 2759 Vance St., Wilmington [Map this], for youths ages 5 to 18, offers a plethora of activities for teens that offer opportunities to have fun and socialize in a safe setting. Activities include clubs and programs focusing on character and leadership, education and career development, health and life skills, sports and fitness and the arts.

    According to the club’s website, the Brigade Boys & Girls Club is always looking for new members. Applications are accepted year-around.

    Orientation for New Hanover County is held every Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Carl B. Brown Jr. Youth Center, 2759 Vance St., Wilmington [Map this]. A legal guardian and the child must attend orientation.

    Orientation for Pender County is by appointment only. Membership fees are $10 per year per child. The website advises that parents should contact the club at (910) 392-0747 for information on transportation fees and school pick-ups.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

    The City of Wilmington’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 401 S. 8th St., Wilmington [Map this], also has athletic and after-school programs for teens. Some of the center’s amenities that might interest teens include the community center building/gym, six tennis courts with lights, ball fields and the William Murphy Swimming Pool. More information is available at the center’s website or by calling the center at (910) 341-7866.

    DREAMS Center for Arts Education

    Wilmington’s DREAMS Center for Arts Education, 515 Ann St., Wilmington [Map this], is an option for creative teens who qualify.

    According to the center’s website, “DREAMS is always looking for enthusiastic, creative young people to join our family. Here at our Center, our classes are open to youth ages 8-17, and they’re free of charge for students who qualify for the New Hanover County Schools free/reduced school lunch program. We do accept a certain percentage of paying students on a case-by-case basis.”

    For more information, visit www.dreamswilmington.org or call (910) 772-1501.

    This is not a comprehensive list. Athletic teams and other kinds of organizations abound in the Wilmington area. Share your ideas and comments below by clicking on the “Click here to let us know” link.

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