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Stay tuned for details about Best Summer Ever 2024!

Substance KIDS is so excited to kick off another BEST SUMMER EVER! All summer long there will be opportunities for your kids to join small groups where they will build friendships and have fun! From sports groups to devotional groups and crafting groups, there will be something for every kid. Our hope is that this summer will truly be your family’s Best Summer Ever!


Registration will be available on this page starting Sunday June 4th at 8:30am. There will be registration tables in the lobby at all campuses to assist with any questions. Your child can pick up their t-shirts for the summer at the registration table as well.

No! Best Summer Ever is FREE! Your child’s leader will let you know what supplies are needed each week (water bottles, certain clothes, etc)

The majority of our BSE groups take place at Northtown on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 10-12pm. Please refer to each group 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!

Our goal is to try to get every child in their top choice of group. 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.

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.

For the safety purposes, we will be utilizing a name tag system for drop off and pick up. Head to KIDS check in to pick up your name tags (one per child) and a parent pick 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.

We will continue to follow our safe drop off and pick up procedures and will not release children of any age without a designated pick up person present.

Separate childcare will not be provided for children who are not attending small groups. You and your child are welcomed 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.