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William "Bill" Austen Youth Center

Location
William "Bill" Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Avenue
Cape Coral, FL 33991
Hours
Monday: 7:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday: 7:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am-8:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 7:00am-8:00pm

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PARK AMENITIES
  • Playground
  • Basketball Courts (1/2 courts)
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Vending Area
  • Restrooms


The William "Bill" Austen Youth Center, located adjacent to Eagle Skate Park, includes a 9,900 square foot recreation center and offers something fun for everyone! Kids can enjoy and participate in youth classes, after school porgrams, special events and day camps throughout the year.

Get more information on the Youth Center by clicking on the links below for details on that topic and/or scroll down to see all details.

* Creative Cubs Preschool
* TIGERS After School Program
* Classes
* Day Camps
* Birthday Parties & Facility Rentals
* Charter School Childcare



CREATIVE CUBS PRESCHOOL
Located within the Youth Center, the Creative Cubs Learning Center for children ages 3-5 years, offers Free VPK* from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monda through Thursday and affordable wrap-around child care Monday through Friday from 6:45a.m.-6:00 p.m.  

Creative Cubs' programs help children reach their full potential and prepare them for kindergarten. Creative Cubs Learning Center promotes the development of literacy, reading and more through an age appropriate curriculum. Weekly fee includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack for all full time students. Please note: Children must be self-sufficient in restroom care. 

* The VPK program is free for all children who reside in Florida and turn four years old on or before September 1.  Creative Cubs also offes a preschool program for children who do not meet the VPK requirements.  For more information or to register, please call (239) 242-3965.

Creative Cubs is licensed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF #2OLE0066)


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TIGERS After School Program
The TIGERS after school program is offered Monday-Friday from 2:00-6:00 p.m. for children in grades K-8 for a weekly fee. Students engage in daily homework assistance, exercise, computer stations, arts and crafts, and games.  Most local schools provide FREE busing to the Youth Center.


CDBG logoThis after school program is licensed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF #C2OLE0066).  Tigers After School program is partially funded with the Community Block Grant Fund.

TIGERS Premium extended care is offered until 8:00 p.m. for an additional fee. 




CLASSES
The William Austen Youth Center offers a wide variety of classes for children of all ages such as Toddler Tumble, Aikido, Archery, Rocket Club, Art Club and more.  See details and view upcoming class dates and times in the current Parks & Recreation Program Guide or
 contact the Youth Center at 239-242-3950 for more information or to sign up.


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DAY CAMPS
When school's out, Parks and Recreation is open for fun! The Youth Center offers day camps and school's out days for children in grades K-8 when school is out for summer, winter and spring breaks, and select school holidays. Participants enjoy day trips, indoor and outdoor activities, guest speakers, games, crafts and more! Campers must bring a nutritious lunch and two snacks.

Some day camps are offered at multiple locations (including the Youth Center, Oasis Elementary and Christa McAuliffe Elementary) and other camps are offered at the Youth Center only.

--> See details and register for upcoming day camps online

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BIRTHDAY PARTIES & FACILITY RENTALS
Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to celebrate your special day? Or looking for a convenient venue to host your next meeting, banquet, training or seminar? Look no further! 

The Youth Center offers a variety of party packages that may include add-ons ranging from food and beverages to live music, laser lights, tables, chairs, charater visits and even your own party assistant. 

Examples of celebrations hosted at the Youth Center include:

  • Sweet 16 Parties
  • Graduation Parties
  • Baby Showers
  • Character Parties
  • Sports Banquets

Be sure to book your date early as dates and times fill up quickly. To complete your request, simply fill out a Party Rental Agreement form and bring it with your deposit to the Youth Center during regular office hours.

--> Click to download the Youth Center's Party Rental Agreement Form
--> Click to download the Request for Use of the Youth Center Form

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CHARTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE
Staff from the Youth Center also takes care of facilitating before and after school care programs at the City's Charter Schools (Oasis Elementary and Christa McAuliffe Elementary). Please note that participation in these programs is limited to students who are enrolled  in those charter schools. 

For more information, call 239- 242-3968.



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