Barnard Community Center
415 N. Barnard St.
Providing a socially safe and healthy environment for
all middle school and high school students
From the very beginning, the Howell Teen Center has been 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 friendly and teen driven. Led by a wonderfully creative and enthusiastic staff, the Howell Teen Center is located right in the heart of downtown Howell at the Barnard Community Center,
415 N. Barnard Street. It is THE place for middle school and high school students to hang out and socialize, take classes, play games, watch movies, get their homework done, play ping pong or pool, and much, much more. Our center is
committed to being an important part of our community - it was the FIRST one opened in Livingston County.
The Howell Teen Center’s mission is to promote healthy development of teens in Livingston County. This is achieved by providing an environment designed to develop positive social skills and social competence, foster moral development, and enhance self-esteem - all of which are related to reduced risk-taking behavior, academic success, and healthy interpersonal relationships.
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.
How to Join
Joining the Howell Teen Center is easy…. parental permission is the first step to participation. Stop in and pick up a short form and liability waiver, fill it in and return it with parent’s signature and you’ll be a part of the Teen Center. Daily admission to the Teen Center is FREE. There is no membership fee, no annual fee, no participation fee during our regular hours of operation. (Additional costs could apply to special events, late nights and trips.)
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 (available for homework and social networking)
- Game room with ping pong, foosball, pool table
- Movie room with large screen TV to watch your favorite DVD’s
- XBox360, PS 2, Gamecube, XBox, 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
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.
Keep In Touch
The best way to know what is happening is to come to the Teen Center daily. If you would like to stay connected virtually, check out our monthly calendar on Facebook for ongoing activities - become a “fan” of the Howell Teen Center!
The 415: Teen Advisory Board
This advisory board is for students in 8th to 12th grade. The advisory board will be completely run by Teen elected officials and will be supervised by the Howell Teen Center Director. All are welcomed and it is free to join - we just ask for 100% participation! 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, fundraisers, and the Last Day Breakaway! Teens on the advisory board will be asked to volunteer and support other local events throughout the community. Meetings will be held every other Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Members of this board will have opportunities to join with other Teen Committees (run through other Parks & Recreation Youth Programs) in Southeast Michigan to plan state-wide events such as the annual Youth Symposium. You can pick up a registration form at the Howell Teen Center. Come out and help us give back to our community and take away the stereotypes that come with the word “teen.”
Teen Center Open House
August 29, 2013
Join us for the GRAND Re-Opening of the Howell Teen Center. Though we re-open each year our staff decided this year to open just a little bit early. What can we say - we’re show-offs! Come see what’s new at the Howell Teen Center from 6:00pm-8:00pm! Kids, you can challenge your parents to a game of Gaga or Ultimate Cabbage, but don’t forget we always have something new up our sleeves. Parents, remember it’s also a great opportunity to come fill out your child’s paperwork for them to attend the 2013/2014 school year at the Howell Teen Center! Teen Center opens for regular business on September 4.
Site: Barnard Community Center, 415 N. Barnard St.
1 day TH 8/29 6:00pm-8:00pm
Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser Night
September 24, 2013
It’s back and we are hoping to make this year the biggest yet! On Tuesday, September 24 come out to Buffalo Wild Wings in Howell and show your support! What you need to do is eat at Buffalo Wild Wings or get carry out on September 24 from 11:00am until close and present them with the Teen Center Donation flyer (available at www.howellrecreation.org) and Buffalo Wild Wings will then donate 20% of your purchase back to the Howell Teen Center.
Site: Buffalo Wild Wings, 900 S. Latson Rd.
1 day T 9/24 11:00am-Close
Saturday Night Lights
Lights, Camera, ACTION? Play Ball? How about we just do it all?! Join us at Page Field on Saturday, October 5 for a night of family fun, games, and movie entertainment presented by the Howell Teen Center. Starting at 6:00pm, families are invited to join in classic backyard games like bocce ball, ladder golf, and corn hole. At 8:00pm the lights go out and we will turn our attention to the BIG SCREEN to enjoy the movie. Hungry? Well don’t forget that concessions will be sold as well!
Site: Page Field, 415 N. Barnard St.
Cost: $1 for ages 0-9
$5 for ages 10 & up
76300 1 day SAT 10/5 6:00pm-10:00pm Click here to register
Wine for Humanity
November 12, 2013
The Howell Teen Center and several other local organizations will be teaming up to raise money for our local youth. On November 12, 2013 at the Cleary University Johnson Center participants will be sampling and learning about six different styles of wines from the professional staff of Wine for Humanity. Sit back, enjoy, and help our local youth! Hors d’oeuvres will be included.
Site: Cleary University, 3750 Cleary Drive
Cost: $35 per ticket ($300 for a table of 10)
76350 1 day T 11/12 6:00pm-8:00pm Click here to register
Raising “Dough” with Tony Sacco’s of Hartland
November 19, 2013
Tony Sacco’s and the Howell Teen Center are teaming up to RAISE SOME DOUGH and eat it too! Tony’s will be offering a delicious pizza buffet for $10 per person. Tony’s will be donating $5 back to the Teen Center per buffet sold. Just mention the Howell Teen Center and you will be doing your part in supporting the youth in our community and help support local businesses. The Howell Teen Center would like to welcome Tony Sacco’s to the community and thank them for their support of the youth in our community.
Site: Tony Sacco’s, 10051 E. Highland Rd., Hartland
1 day T 11/19
Breakfast w/ Santa
December 14, 2013
Join us for a jolly breakfast with the man in red! There will be holiday music, crafts, and of course, a yummy pancake breakfast! Breakfast will be served from 7:30am to 9:30am on December 14 at the Bennett Recreation Center. Pictures will be available with Santa for an extra charge of $5 per photo. All proceeds go to benefit the Howell Teen Center.
Site: Bennett Recreation Center, 925 W. Grand River
Ages 0-10 $3/person
Ages 11-61 $5/person
Ages 62+ $4/person
78000 1 day SAT 12/14 7:30am-9:30am Click here to register
This is an overnight event that will take place twice this school year. That’s right folks - we said OVERNIGHT! The lock-in will run from 6:00pm until 7:00am. Participants will receive dinner, breakfast, and of course, snacks ALL NIGHT LONG! Once again our creative and uniquely minded Teen Center Directors will have a night full of fun and excitement for all! Parent Volunteers are always welcome but remember, our games tend to get a little messy!
Movie Madness 11/8-11/9
This year is no different than years past: the Teen Center Late Nights will be held once a month, typically on the 1st Friday of the month. The Teen Center has extended hours on these nights from 6:00pm-10:00pm and there will be a small fee collected for each Late Night to cover food and programs for the evening. Our talented Teen Center Directors are always coming up with new and exciting programs, but don’t think they forgot about the classics! ULTIMATE CABBAGE UNDER THE LIGHTS IS BACK! Registration forms will be available at the Teen Center or at the Bennett Recreation Center at least one week prior to the Late Nights. Please make sure you register before the day of the event so our staff can properly plan for the activities and food.
Ultimate Cardboard Fortress Battle 9/13
Ultimate Cabbage 10/4
Sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings
The 415 Quiz Bowl 11/1
White Elephant Party! 12/13
Top Chef Chop Challenge 1/10
Minute to Win It 2/7
March Madness Gaga Tournament 3/7
Sponsored by Tony Sacco’s of Hartland
415 On the Road
The Teen Center is packing up and hitting the open roads! We will be embarking on five road trips around our beautiful state and even adventuring into neighboring states. All trips will begin and end at the Howell Teen Center, and the fun is what lies in the times between. Each trips cost, arrival, and departure times will be determined by the activity. To add to the thrill of our “On the Road” Adventure, three of our trips will be kept in complete secret - only the parents will know!
Cedar Point: Halloweekends 10/12
Mystery Trip 12/7
Mystery Trip 2/22
Zap Zone 5/17
Mystery Trip 6/7
Parent Night Out
Need a night out or possibly even just a night to relax? Well, the Howell Teen Center is here to help! We will be offering an entertaining Friday night once a month for the kids (ages 5-10), in order for parents to enjoy a night out on the town! Games, crafts, and a healthy late-night snack will be provided. Proceeds will be going to help the Howell Teen Center and the NEW Countryside Veterinary Dog Park. Space is limited to the first 30 kids.
Pre-registration is required.
Site: Barnard Community Center, 415 N. Barnard
78001 1 day F 9/27 6:00pm-11:00pm Click here to register
78002 1 day F 10/18 6:00pm-11:00pm Click here to register
78003 1 day F 12/20 6:00pm-11:00pm Click here to register
78004 1 day F 1/24 6:00pm-11:00pm Click here to register
78005 1 day F 2/21 6:00pm-11:00pm Click here to register
78006 1 day F 3/21 6:00pm-11:00pm Click here to register
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 www.howellrecreation.org or LIKE us on Facebook by searching for “Howell Teen Center”
Site: Barnard Community Center, 415 N. Barnard
A Taste of Michigan
Teens (ages 11 to 18) will have the opportunity to enjoy appetizers, entrees, and desserts from around our beautiful state! The Teen Center will be travelling to different parts of Michigan to taste different foods from different restaurants. Each trip will consist of stopping at three different restaurants, first for appetizers, second for our main course entree, and third for a tasty treat! The cost will include travel and appetizers, teens will be responsible to cover the main course and their dessert. A suggested amount of money will be provided on the permission slip.
Departs: Barnard Community Center, 415 N. Barnard
78007 1 day SAT 9/21 6:00pm-10:00pm Click here to register
78008 1 day SAT 3/22 6:00pm-10:00pm Click here to register
Click here to see photos of teen center
Click here for the current calendar of activities!
Tim Church - Teen Center Supervisor
Jeff Dunham - Teen Center Supervisor
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.
In 2008 , the Howell Teen Center was blessed with a wonderful opportunity to create an internet cafe in two additional rooms at the Center. Many organizations and local businesses stepped up to the plate and helped make this a reality including Kelly Hansen Interiors & State Street Studios, Irish Construction, Zimmerman Masonry, the City of Howell, Dinning Electric, Pittsburgh Paints, Taylor Moving & Storage, Lattitude CommTech, Abovo Visual Communications, Dennis Gendron, Hunter Douglas Blinds, Buffalo Wild Wings, CMC Cabinetry, Howell Art & Frame, and most notably Citizen's Insurance, who not only contributed $14,500 but also made an in-kind donation of their employee's time to complete the work. This has truly been an incredible "community build" project.
Click here to see pictures of the Grand Opening and the Internet Cafe
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.