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Howell Teen Center

Barnard Community Center

415 N. Barnard St.


Providing a socially safe and healthy environment for all middle school and high school students

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The Howell Teen Center is a place where teens can come to gather with friends, interact with adults on relatively equal footing, gain recognition for their efforts and skills, make choices about what they will do and how they will do it, all in a place that is teen-driven! It is THE place for middle and high school students to hang out and socialize, take classes, play games, watch movies, do homework, play ping pong or pool, and much more!

Joining the Howell Teen Center is easy - parental permission is the first step! Stop in and pick up a short form, fill it out, and return it with your parent’s signature and you’ll be part of the Teen Center! Daily admission is FREE - there’s no membership fee, no annual fee, and no participation fee during normal hours (additional costs could apply to special events).

Howell Teen Center Video and Internet Policy Waiver

Howell Teen Center Waiver, Rules, and Emergency Card

Howell Teen Center Permission/Information Slips


Our teens at the 2013 Cardboard Fortress Battle!

Looking to help out the Howell Teen Center? Check out the VG's Grocery Cash for Class program as a way to help support the Howell Teen Center. Click here for more information.


The Teen Center is open on the first day of school in September and closes for the summer after the last day of school in June. Regular hours of operation are 2:30pm-6:00pm Monday through Friday. The Teen Center follows the Howell Public School holiday and inclement weather closure schedule.

Teen Center Features

  • Wireless Internet and Internet Cafe
  • Game room with ping pong, foosball, pool table
  • Movie room with large screen TV to watch your favorite movies
  • XBox360 and PS3
  • Special events and planned activities each week
  • Snack shop and concessions
  • Outdoor basketball hoops, soccer fields, running track
  • Games, puzzles, magazines
  • Music room with guitars, drums and piano
  • Indoor/outdoor Gaga pit (available for rentals)

If you need transportation to the Teen Center, the L.E.T.S. transportation system can provide you with a ride from your school. Flyers explaining the transportation procedure are available at the Teen Center, and at the main office of Parker Middle School and Highlander Way Middle School or by calling L.E.T.S. at 517.546.6600.


The 415: Teen Advisory Board
The 415 is an advisory board for students in 8th to 12th grade. It is completely run by teen-elected officials and all are welcomed to join! This is an opportunity for the youth in our community to become involved in the planning and organizing of events happening at the Teen Center such as late nights and fundraisers! Members of the board even have the opportunity to join with other teen committees in Southeast Michigan to plan state-wide events such as the Youth Symposium. Pick up more information at the Howell Teen Center and help take away the stereotype that comes with the word “teen.”

415 On the Road
The Teen Center is packing up and hitting the open road! All trips will begin and end at the Howell Teen Center, and the fun is what lies in the times between. Each trip’s cost, arrival, and departure times will be determined by the activity. To add to the thrill of our adventure, some trips will be kept in secret - only parents will know!
Departs: Barnard Community Center, 415 N. Barnard
Cost: $20

28008 Zap Zone 5/17 6:00pm-10:00pm Click here to register
28009 Mystery Trip 6/7-6/8 6:00pm-10:00pm Click here to register

Late Nights
Late nights will be held once a month, typically the first Friday, from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Our directors are always coming up with new and exciting programs, but don’t think they forgot about the classics! Be sure to sign up ahead of time so our staff can properly plan for the activities and food!

Teen Challenge 5/2
The Legend of the Golden Ostringo 6/13

The 415: No School Day Craze
No school? No problem! In years past, the Teen Center typically would follow the school calendar and would be closed for professional development days and national holidays. This year the Teen Center will be open from 12:00pm-6:00pm on days that the schools are closed, except snow days and major holiday breaks. Please keep up to date with the Howell Teen Center calendar available online at or LIKE us on Facebook by searching for “Howell Teen Center”
Site: Barnard Community Center, 415 N. Barnard
Cost: $5/day

Spring Break Survivor
No plans this spring break? Join the adventure as the 415 enters into a game of survivor right here at our very own Teen Center. Natives will be separated into two tribes and compete in mental, physical, musical, and - of course - food challenges! It begins with the shopping cart joust, pvc grand prix, water balloon fortress battle, which all leads up to the SURVIVOR SLOP-STICLE COURSE! Only one tribe’s colors will fly high in the end. Will it be yours? Spring Break Survivor begins at 12:00pm on April 14, and continues to 12:00pm on April 16.
Site: Barnard Community Center, 415 N. Barnard
Cost: $35 per person

28007 3 days M-W 4/14-4/16 All Day Click here to register


King of the Hill: Laser Tag League
Score is all that matters when it comes to who is crowned king of the hill! The Howell Teen Center will meet at Zap Zone every other Sunday evening.
Site: Zap Zone, 6995 Grand River, Brighton
Cost: $35 one time Zap Zone Membership
        $15/week (includes 3 games)

28008 5 weeks SUN 4/7-6/22 7:00pm-9:00pm Click here to register


The Pizza Throw Down
Which pizza is the best in Livingston County? We want you to be the judge! Bring the family for an ALL YOU CAN EAT pizza smorgasbord.
Site: Bennett Recreation Center, 925 W. Grand River
Cost: $10 for ages 15 & up
        $7.50 for ages 4-14
        FREE for 3 & under

28010 1 day F 4/25 6:00pm-8:00pm Click here to register

Applebee's Fundraiser

Dine at Applebee's on Wednesday, April 30 and 15% of your bill will be donated to the Howell Teen Center! Click here to download the flyer. Be sure to bring it with you when you visit Applebees!

2nd Annual Teen Center Walk-a-Thon
Lace up your shoes, make a donation, and join the Howell Teen Center on Page Field at noon on May 10 until May 11 at noon! This 24-hour walking event is dedicated to getting our community off the couch and active. Proceeds go to the Howell Teen Center to help continue a tradition of providing a safe and healthy environment for teens in the community. A donation of $50 or more made by April 18 will earn you a Walk-a-Thon t-shirt, so show your support and donate today!
Site: Page Field, 415 N. Barnard, Howell
Cost: FREE (Donations Accepted)

28011 2 days SAT-SUN 5/10-5/11 12:00pm-12:00pm Click here to register


Downtown Photo Rally
Let’s put those “selfies” to good use! Grab your best friends and join the race! Teams of 3-6 will be given a predetermined list of hometown, historical, and hilarious photos that they will need to capture. Start time is 6:30pm sharp and teams will be given one and a half hours to complete as many photo tasks as they can. Upon return, the photos will be scored, dinner will be served, and prizes will be awarded. Teams must provide their own camera.
Site: Barnard Community Center, 415 N. Barnard
Cost: $30 per team

28012 1 day SAT 6/14 6:30pm-9:00pm Click here to register


Click here to see photos of teen center



Tim Church - Teen Center Manager

Jeff Dunham - Teen Center Manager

Rental Information
Have a birthday, sports team, or special occasion to celebrate in a teen-type facility? The Howell Teen Center is available for rent. Substantial discounts to nonprofit and charitable organizations that cater to teens. Call 517.546.0693 for more information or click here to go to our room rental guidelines and application form.


Donations Accepted
As an organization that provides all memberships and programs for free, the Teen Center relies on fund-raising events, grants, and private and corporate donations in order to be able to provide its services. We hope that you will help us by making a tax-deductible contribution today.

Supported in part by the Livingston County United Way.

Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority, 925 W. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI 48843
phone: 517/546-0693, Fax: 517/546-6018"
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