What is there for teenagers to do in town?
The Outback Teen Center (203-594-3074/newcanaanoutback.org) behind Town Hall, offers a safe, well-supervised, alcohol-, tobacco-, and drug-free environment for middle school (seventh and eighth graders) and high school students to socialize. Activities include band and open-mic nights, dances, movies, yoga, boys or girls’ night in events, Xbox and wii tournaments, open recreation, and more. The Outback is open Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. There is a Game Club for fifth and sixth grade students every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. The center is closed on Saturday and Sunday, unless there is a high school event, which will typically take place on a Saturday night. The building is also available for rent for team dinners, birthday parties, meetings and more.
The town Recreation Department (203-594-3600) offers a variety of summer programs for children and teens, including sports leagues, programs, and summer camps. New Canaan’s town parks offer baseball diamonds, tennis courts, as well as swimming or jogging.
The New Canaan YMCA (203-966-4528) holds many programs and events for youth, including monthly “Middle School Madness” nights, and filmmaking and cooking classes just for teens. The Y’s wellness facilities and group exercise classes are open to members 15 and older.
Middle School Madness is held one Saturday night each month for children in grades 5 through 8. Volunteers supervise such activities as swimming, basketball, DJ dance parties, 3-D movies, and special events. The YMCA welcomes volunteers with special interests (e.g., music, face painting) to help out with these monthly events.
The New Canaan Library (203-594-5000) also has activities and volunteer opportunities for young people.