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Substance KIDS is so excited to kick off another BEST SUMMER EVER! 

All summer long kids will have opportunities to join small groups to help them build long lasting friendships in the local church! Our groups vary from sports to devos to crafting groups – there really is something for every child! Registration is currently closed. But if you're interested in signing your child up for one of the open groups, please email us at kids@substancechurch.com.

Best Summer Ever Small Groups

Every Other Tuesday: 6/18, 7/2, 7/16, 7/30, 8/13

Sensory Play Group (Tues Cohort)

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: 3-5

A free play group full of sensory materials. Some themes will include light, movement, constructing, and messy play. Grown ups required to attend the last 10 min to help tidy up their child and the space.

Waitlist (2)

A Time to Dance Ballet/Jazz

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: 3 - Grade 2

Dance through summer learning proper ballet and jazz while having fun and praising Jesus!

Waitlist (2)

Bracelets and Bibles!

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: 4 - Grade 2

Bracelets and bibles will each week read and memorize a bible verse and make bracelets based off of the scripture we read!

Summer Sports (Tues cohort)

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades K-2

Fun games and a variety of sports focused challenges.

Waitlist (2)

Water Wars

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: Grades K-5

Get ready for some WATER WARS this summer!! We will play a variety of water games and have a blast. Dress to get wet (and bring a towel!)

Lego Fun (K1)

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades K-1

Get together with your friends and build with Lego

Lego Fun (Gr 2-5)

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades 2-5

Get together with your friends and build with Lego

Waitlist (2)

Gourmet Popsicle Making!

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: Grades K-5

We will make fresh, gourmet popsicles that will give Johnny Pops a run for its money! All of the popsicles will be dairy-free and with fresh fruit, and all of it will be SUPER TASTY!

Divine Wear

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades K-5

Learn godly perspectives on fashion, style and creative expression.

Waitlist (2)

Kids DJ Group

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades 3-5

Want to learn how to mix like our DJ's in the lobby? Come join us and learn the basics in DJ'ing!

Kids Create Theater

Time: 10:00-12:00
Ages: Grades 3-5

Kids will create a short play that will be performed at the Summer Showcase. In order to join this group, kids must be able to attend every group date.

Art + Prayer

Time: 10:00-12:00
Ages: Grades 3-5

Come make art with clay, paint, and other materials. We will hear some amazing things about God and introduce how to talk with Him.

KIDS: Love this City

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: Grades 3-5

We will do service type projects around Substance Northtown campus.

Sports Conditioning and More

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: Grades 3-5

We will work on building strength and agility by doing different exercises. There will be a mix of cardio, strength, resistance and plyometrics each session.

Waitlist (2)

Pickleball

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades 3-5

Get ready to have some fun learning pickleball skills, teamwork, and get the chance to meet new friends!

Waitlist (2)

Kids Baking Group

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades 3-5

Introduction to baking skills inlcuding some no-bake recipes. Let's make tasty treats together!

Every Other Wednesday: 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/7

Music & Storytime

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: 4 and Under w/grown up

Music & Storytime for ages 4 & under along with their grown-up.

Sensory Play Group (Weds cohort)

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: 3-5

A free play group full of sensory materials. Some themes will include light, movement, constructing, and messy play. Grown ups required to attend the last 10 min to help tidy up their child and the space.

Parent and Kid Art Fun Group

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: 2-5 with Grown Up

We will have fun creating and bringing home new projects. This group includes the grown up to partner on the fun projects. We might get messy at times!

Obstacle Course Fun!

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: 4-6

A variety of fun, unique, team-building obstacle courses each week. We will incorporate sensory activities including but not limited to: jumping, rolling, running forwards/backwards, sliding, pushing, pulling, etc.

Princess Storytime

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Girls, 3-6

Get ready for sparkles, twirling and all things princess! We will be going through the Princess Parables series as we learn how to be daughters of the King. Dress up clothes are welcome each week

Superhero Storytime

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: 3-5

Calling all Prek superheroes! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and we will have fun reading superhero books, singing songs and we'll end class with a superhero obstacle course and playtime.

GaGa Ball

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades 3-5

Whether you play GaGa ball often or want to learn, this is the group for you! Come make some new friends and enjoy the sunshine while playing GaGa Ball.

Hands on Homesteading

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades 3-5

Come hang out and enjoy making homemade gifts, food and more!

Summer Sports (weds cohort)

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades K-2

Fun games and a variety of sports focused challenges.

Dude perfect

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: Grades K-5

Games/activities modeled after Dude Perfect videos like Get Crafty, Battle, Trick Shots, Mini Games, and more!

Jewelry Making

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades K-5

Using patterns to make necklaces and bracelets using beads and embroidery floss, and making our own beads with clay.

A Time to Dance Hip Hop

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: Grades K-5

If you have ever wanted to perform and learn the art of hip hop dancing, we'd love to have it be a part of your best summer ever!

Kids Worship Group

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: Grades K-5

Come learn some of Substance's favorite worship songs and lead them on our stage at the end of the summer!

Terrific Tumblers (Grades K-2)

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades K-2

Come and work on your early tumbling skills! We will work on somersaults, bridges, back bends, back walkovers, front walkovers, cartwheels, and more!

Terrific Tumblers (Grades 3-5)

Time: 11:15-12:00
Ages: Grades 3-5

Come and work on your early tumbling skills! We will work on somersaults, bridges, back bends, back walkovers, front walkovers, cartwheels, and more!

Woodworking

Time: 10:00-10:45
Ages: Grades 3-5

Come learn all about woodworking! We will be building and creating some fun projects!

Westside Family Outdoor Fun Night

City/Area: Champlin

When: Every other Friday starting 6/21
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Ages: All ages

Bring the whole family for a friendly game of kickball, ultimate frisbee, water games, etc. Each meeting will be a new game geared for the entire family.

Hiking Club

City/Area: Twin Cities area

When: 6/15, 7/20, and 8/17
Ages: All ages

Three times over the summer we will meet to go hiking on family friendly trails located within 2 hours of the Twin Cities. Locations and times TBD

Splash Pads, Snack, Scripture

City/Area: Splash Pads around the Metro

When: Tuesdays 10-11:30 Weekly from June 11 - Aug 6
Ages: All ages

Offsite group (parents must also attend) - we meet at Splash Pads to play, have snack, and work on Scripture together.

Family Beach & BBQ

City/Area: Coon Rapids

When: Once a month on Fridays (6/14, 7/19, 8/16)
Time: From 5-7pm
Ages: All ages

Come hang at Crooked Lake Beach for some fun in the sun! Bring a picnic blanket and your own food for your family, and any other outdoor needs (swimsuits, volleyball, etc.) There is a playground onsite as well as sand volleyball pit!

Splish Splash Pool Fun

City/Area: Ham Lake

When: 6/28, 7/26, 8/23
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Ages: Grades K-5

Join us monthly for summer pool time and community building the 4th Friday of June, July, and August. Parents are required to stay with students. No lifeguard on duty.

Substance Ski Kids

City/Area: Coon Rapids

When: 6/19, 7/17, 8/13
Time: 10am-2pm
Ages: Grades 3-5

Kids will experience the joy of waterskiing with friends and fellowship! Join us for fun-in-the-sun adventures and creating memories of a lifetime!

Westside Tween Girls Group

City/Area: Champlin

When: Every other Wednesday evening
Time: 6:30pm
Ages: Girls entering Grades 4-5

Join us this summer as we meet six times going over the topics of identity, body, emotions, friendship, technology, and faith - all with the main goals of building friendships and having TONS of fun of fun!

Venture mini-bike ride!

City/Area: Fridley / Coon Rapids area

When: We will meet 4 Fridays throughout the summer at 11am, the last one will be the final ride!
Ages: Grades 4th-5th grade (youth kids can ride too!)

Dads come bike and train with your kid/s throughout the summer! At the end of the summer, we will do a longer bike ride to help raise money for Fathers for Fatherless through Venture!

Fun Basketball Games (+volleyball, soccer) & Jesus

City/Area: Northtown Campus

When: 6/19, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14 
Time: 5:15-6:15pm
Ages: Grades 3-5

We will play fun games with basketballs, volleyballs, & soccer balls outside at Northtown Campus

Soccer Games

City/Area: Northtown Campus

When: 6/19, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14
Time: 5:15-6:15pm
Ages: 3-6

We will play fun games with soccer balls outside at Northtown Campus

Nature Center Play Group

City/Area: Westwood Nature Center or Springbrook Nature Center (depending on weather)

When: e/o Friday (June 14
June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug 9)
Time: 10am-12pm
Ages: 3-12

Join us every other Friday as we explore God’s creation, play, and build community at Westwood and Springbrook Nature Centers.

FAQs

Registration will be available on this page starting May 26 at 8:00am. We also will have registration tables at all campuses on Sunday, May 26 and June 2 to assist with any questions. This is also when your child can pick up their Best Summer Ever t-shirts for the summer!

No! Best Summer Ever is absolutely FREE! Go tell your friends!

The majority of our Best Summer Ever groups take place at Northtown on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 10-12pm. We will start on June 12th and end with a showcase event on Aug 14th. Our offsite groups can meet whenever and wherever they want, so make sure to refer to each group's description to confirm day, time, location, and frequency! 

Parents/guardians are welcome to hang out in the lobby, run over to Hy-Vee and grab a coffee from Starbucks, walk around the block, or join your child in their group (if okayed by the leader). We just ask that you return by the time your child’s group ends to promptly pick them up! (10:45 or 12pm)

Our goal is to try to get every child in their top choices for groups. On our registration form, you will be able to indicate if there are additional groups your child would like to join and we will accommodate those requests to the best of our ability based on group capacity.

If your child’s first choice of group is unavailable, please register them for their second choice. On the sign up form, please indicate your child’s additional choices in the designated field. Our team will follow up with you based on the group's availability.

This summer we are learning how to be more like JESUS so our FAITH can grow! We will talk more about this in our chapel experience at Northtown, which will take place from 10:50-11:10 every day Best Summer Ever meets. Families will participate in worship together, learn a memory verse moment, hear a mini teaching, and eat a quick snack! If your children are in groups from 10:00-10:45, you will need to pick them up and bring them to chapel. If they are participating in a second group from 11:15-12pm, you will need to bring them to their second group. IF they are participating in a group that meets from 10-12pm, your child's leader will bring them to chapel, but you can still join in on the fun! If you have any questions about this, please contact us at kids@substancechurch.com.

For safety purposes, all grown-ups will need to drop-off and pick-up their children. You will go to KIDS check-in to pick up your name tags (one per child) and a parent pick-up tag. There will be a unique alphanumeric code on your tags. At pick up, you will show your pick up tag to the small group leaders, and they will match the alphanumeric code on your child’s tag. If a different adult is picking up your child you can hand off the pick up tag, or send the trusted adult a picture of the tag as well.

There are a variety of groups for kids ranging from babies and toddlers to elementary ages. Please refer to the groups page to see what groups are available for your child.

Separate childcare will not be provided for children who are NOT attending small groups. You and your child are welcome to hang out in the lobby with other families, walk to Hy-Vee for a snack or beverage, or play in the playland (open from 9:30-12:30 with parent supervision).

If you are interested in leading a Best Summer Ever small group, sign up here.