we need a good place where our kids can hang out at besides walmart

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thatoneguy

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Jun 29, 2007
 
my kids are always complaining about nothing to do. i think we need a good 'hangout' place with a nice christian enviorment. it would be kind of like the place in Fayetteville (spelling?) called The Basement. It is set up by a church and kids from up to a half an hour away go there. they have food, video games, and concerts. my sons like to go there on weekends. what if we had a place like that here?
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Jun 29, 2007
 
im from lewisburg by the way.
not nashville

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Jun 29, 2007
 
Sounds great. What age kids is this geared towards?
Just Wondering

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Jun 30, 2007
 
thatoneguy wrote:
my kids are always complaining about nothing to do. i think we need a good 'hangout' place with a nice christian enviorment. it would be kind of like the place in Fayetteville (spelling?) called The Basement. It is set up by a church and kids from up to a half an hour away go there. they have food, video games, and concerts. my sons like to go there on weekends. what if we had a place like that here?
Sounds like a good idea, maybe you could bring the idea up at your church.
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Jun 30, 2007
 
tell me more about the basement
mom of 2

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Jun 30, 2007
 
How many churches had Vacation Bible School this summer? How many parents have taken their children to one?

We have a skating rink. I have younger kids so I take them skating every now and then.

There is the rec center. The gym is open till 8 or 9, and the indoor pool is there year round.

I'm not implying that your situation is this way, but often "something for the kids to do" means "somewhere I can drop them off while I go somewhere else." Therefore, a handful of mis-guided kids ruin things for everyone by fighting, vandalising, and so forth. And many people complain about having to pay at the rec. center. I suppose they want something free for the kids to do while they spend money on themselves. Personally I wouldn't want to be in charge of "something for the kids to do". I don't have much money and I certainly wouldn't have money to paint over the grafitti in the restroom every week. And I wouldn't want to be responsible for someone else's kid while their parent was somewhere else.

Rather than something for kids, I would like to see more family-friendly activities. The drive-in is a good one. It would be nice if we had an indoor theater, we'll just have to wait on that. Camping is an excellent thing to do with kids.

Churches usually have activities for the youth in their congregation, our church has day trips and movie nights. At Christmas they had a progressive dinner where they met at the church and had a different part of dinner (appetizer, meal, dessert) at different homes. They had a lot of fun.

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Jun 30, 2007
 
mon of 2 I see your point completely. First hand knowledge of rec center activities of some young people have ranged from fights to stealing cell phones. The rec center actually has a list of kids it bans from the facility for a certain period of time before they can enter again. For everything good, there are bad points also. You mentioned church activities, the church we attend is in Giles County and does not have programs for children. Other families don't attend church and would still like something for their children to do also. Religion is not a part of every family. I'm not judging anyone, just pointing out that church is not always the answer.
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Jun 30, 2007
 
Maybe the new amusement park will give them somehting to do...LOL. has anyone heard anything about this anymore?

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Jun 30, 2007
 
something to do...I was gonna get my son a job there. He may make more money there than selling his vegetables, which is where he is right now. When he picks cucumbers from the garden, he thinks money. He has four so he hopes to come home with $1.00.....Bless his heart....
Ziltch

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Jun 30, 2007
 
How about your kids hang out with all of you who had them
Parents donít seam to want their kids around any more
Always trying to find something for them to do

Parents can teach their kids so much and listen to them
They can listen to you and both of you can learn so much
Kids and parents are on the go all the time donít you think Just spend some time at home talking and enjoying each other
And we wonder why our kids do the things they do

Just asking

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Jun 30, 2007
 
How about Home with you
A very short time we have here on this earth
Donít you want to spend all you can with the ones who love you?

How many set and read a book to their kids
Eat at the same time
Play ball out in their own yard just man and his son or daughter
Cook together
Listen to your daughter tell about the boy she likes or son the girl
Just set and see how each otherís day went

I have never seen so many people trying to find some way to part them selves from their children
And want the system to supply them the place or the activity
Some one to keep my kids while I work or I play my self
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Jun 30, 2007
 
plainoldbored, thanks for the response. I want to clarify that I didn't mean to put it off on the churches. I agree with you, religion or "church" isn't part of everyone's life. We are believers, send our kids to church with the grandparents and stay home. It was a suggestion from another writer about churches sponsoring some of this. I think that's a great idea, but I also think that those who use the church's facility should contribute. Running a program like that would cost some money. People want 'someone else' to provide entertainment (free child care).
I see what you say about the rec. center. My son went to day camp this week and didn't have a good time. This is a kid who stays out of trouble and normally has fun, but I had to make him complete the week.
He also went to the basketball day camp, and had a good time, but I don't know about the level of adult supervision. Some day camps have strict regulations about the ratio of adults to kids, I don't know if they have such requirements.
Anytime kids are left alone with minimal or no supervision, they will form cliques and will act out. This is when the fighting, stealing, and vandalism come into play. Just tonight I was in the mall at Columbia (took the kids to Glow Golf) and noticed a sign at the entrance: On Friday and Saturday night after 6pm, all kids under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult. I thought, WTF? Who would leave a 14 year old at the mall WITHOUT adult supervision, regardless of what night of the week it was?????? Call me overprotective or whatever...but I don't see my kids running up and down the mall anytime soon. Do people not realize not only the trouble the kids can get into, but the perverts out there? I don't even like for my kids to go to a public bathroom, with me standing right outside the door for crying out loud.
Zilch, you are right on the money. There are people out there who think once they have a child, they shouldn't be committed to throw their life away for the next 20 years. I say, if you plant the seed, you should stay around and watch it grow.
I work outside the home, so I already have to leave my kids with someone else while I work.(Please, I don't want to start a stay home/working mom debate) But I find that after working all week the last thing I want to do is drop my kids off somewhere. Where they go, I usually go. Ball practice. Scout meetings. Grandparents take them to church, that's my down time (I watch Maury Davis and Joel Osteen every now and then). After school functions, like the DJ parties, I drop off then arrive early and hang out.
I guess my "beef" if there is one, is that people often want someone else to do something, but they're not willing to contribute. They want entertainment for their kids but they don't want to pay $5 to get their kid in. They want their kid in this or that program, but don't want to help out in any way.
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Jun 30, 2007
 
Just asking, I agree wholeheartedly. Some of the best conversations I've had with my kids were right here in my living room. And I've had some doozies. Like the day my 8 year old picked up a used condom off the side of the road and asked "what's this". That was during a walk along Fox Lane at the railroad track. He's also talked about issues in school, we talked about the incident when the kid brought a lancet device to school and stuck other kids. I gave him permission to do whatever it took to get away, including pushing the offender away.

I do work full time, I have a steady schedule for which I'm grateful. I'm home on the weekends when they're not in school. I can't imagine spending the weekend away from them. My 8 year old spent two nights in a row at a friend's home, and I missed him terribly. Cool thing was, when he got home, he realized he missed us too.

I know one of these days I'll look up and my boys will be out of the house. So I try to spend as much time with them as I can. We're camping out tomorrow night.

Thanks for your comment, very well said.
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Jun 30, 2007
 
Just asking wrote:
How about Home with you
A very short time we have here on this earth
Donít you want to spend all you can with the ones who love you?
How many set and read a book to their kids
Eat at the same time
Play ball out in their own yard just man and his son or daughter
Cook together
Listen to your daughter tell about the boy she likes or son the girl
Just set and see how each otherís day went
I have never seen so many people trying to find some way to part them selves from their children
And want the system to supply them the place or the activity
Some one to keep my kids while I work or I play my self
I agree, I understand that you have to make a living, but one day they will turn around and their children will not be there. There is a difference between going to work to put food on the table and going to the bar every weekend when you could be taking them camping or something else to spend time with them. I can't tell you how many children I see that the parents cant even tell me what they have had to eat in the past few days, or when the symptoms of what ever illness stated. It's so sad I hear all the time "um, I don't know. I would have to ask their grandmother" It really is sad. I felt so bad when I was in school and my mother had to keep my children, but it was ONLY when needed.
thatoneguy

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Jun 30, 2007
 
yea i understand what you all are saying.
this place would have a good enviorment, free admission, food, and all of that other good stuff. all ages btw. it wouldn't have to be a heavy christian enviorment, just a christian background. who knows maybe if the kids enjoy it they will start wanting to attend church more often.

ive been to the Basement a few times just to see what it is like. usually there are about 100+ people there. management said on a good night maybe up to 200 will come out. they have bible verses written on the walls, a stage off to the said where bands play, and occasionally a little devotion type thing. they have security which doesn't put up with smoking unless you are 18 and you are in a corner in the parking lot. they also keep a watchful eye on everybody.

if this place starts, how many people do you think will come to this on every other weekend?
Ziltch

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Jul 1, 2007
 
thatoneguy wrote:
yea i understand what you all are saying.
this place would have a good enviorment, free admission, food, and all of that other good stuff. all ages btw. it wouldn't have to be a heavy christian enviorment, just a christian background. who knows maybe if the kids enjoy it they will start wanting to attend church more often.
ive been to the Basement a few times just to see what it is like. usually there are about 100+ people there. management said on a good night maybe up to 200 will come out. they have bible verses written on the walls, a stage off to the said where bands play, and occasionally a little devotion type thing. they have security which doesn't put up with smoking unless you are 18 and you are in a corner in the parking lot. they also keep a watchful eye on everybody.
if this place starts, how many people do you think will come to this on every other weekend?
Free food and free admission can the parents come then most every body in Marshall County if not then most of the kids in Marshall County

Did you say absolute Free no attachments I no I will be there

Just thinking

Donít ask for donations or pass the hat man what a place

Do you think Lewisburg could do that?

Are you sure it was not the Chamber of Commerce Meeting?

You said 100 to 200 maybe same here
Good for the Church
Ziltch

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Jul 1, 2007
 
One more thing where is this at and can we come from Lewisburg over there
thatoneguy

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Jul 1, 2007
 
yea free everything
maybe pay a little amount at the door so the place can benefit a little and could make improvements.
we could get adults from the church to make sandwiches or we could order a few pizzas.
this wasn't a chanber of commerce meeting. its an idea i got from fayetteville. unless they talked about something like this but i haven't heard of it.
im not sure if lewisburg could pull it off with large numbers like that at first but i'm sure once it starts it will get bigger.

btw yes it would be for all ages but it is intended for teens.

i think if we got this together we could have it on every other weekend.
Ziltch

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Jul 1, 2007
 
thatoneguy wrote:
yea free everything
maybe pay a little amount at the door so the place can benefit a little and could make improvements.
we could get adults from the church to make sandwiches or we could order a few pizzas.
this wasn't a chanber of commerce meeting. its an idea i got from fayetteville. unless they talked about something like this but i haven't heard of it.
im not sure if lewisburg could pull it off with large numbers like that at first but i'm sure once it starts it will get bigger.
btw yes it would be for all ages but it is intended for teens.
i think if we got this together we could have it on every other weekend.
OOPS A Little amount at the door
for who did you say
and for what
That Aint Free

Who is going to cook the books I mean Keep

I really Like It The Other WAy
Got the very place the Rec. Center
City Manager Contract coming up I think he'd go for it
May be the Industrial Board
Know the Council be for it
Now if the Churches
will just get in !

Free Free Free Free Sounds so good to me

Lets Make It No Money and No Smoking and No Dranking
Fun for every one

Who does it in Fayetteville again and Free
Just Wondering

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Jul 1, 2007
 
My kids are grown, but there are little ones coming who will need a "hangout". I am all for having a well supervised spot where young teens (pre-drivers'license) can go for a couple of hours of fun. BUT
1. Who is going to supervise? parents who are willing to be scheduled
2. What happens if supervisors don't show?
3. Is it all volunteer or will supervisors be paid?
4. Who is ultimately liable?
I am all for well supervised fun for the youngsters, but fear it is the same now as when I raised my children. We found that the safest spot for fun was under the supervision of the parents of the younsters attending.
I hope something works out on this..but a word of wisdom from one who has been there...it will be no better than the amount of time and effort the parents of the teens and pre-teens are willing to give to the program.

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