The Kings Center
Every child needs a safe place. For many in Frankfort, that place is the Kings Center, where children come after school for healthy snacks, homework help, enrichment activities, and time with friends. A safe, nurturing environment where every child has a chance to explore and expand their world. For more than 20 years, the Kings Center has collaborated with organizations and families to provide a safe space for a diverse group of underserved children to connect and thrive - FREE OF CHARGE.
202 E. Third Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
• the local schools to extend the Footsteps to Brilliance Reading Project,
• the UK Extension Services to involve the children in a variety of nutrition and healthy living activities,
• many community resources to encourage a personal connection to the arts and culture.
We encourage physical fitness with several of our own programs such as MOVEMENT & MOTION and RUN FOR GOOD. Our children participate in weekly arts & crafts projects and a cooking class called CHEFS R US taught by local volunteers. Holidays such as Veteran's Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Memorial Day give our youth a chance to interact with local agencies.
During fall, spring, and summer school breaks we offer an extensive array of programs and experiences. In the past these have included drum-making, drumming, creating sculptures, veil dancing, pottery lessons, poetry writing, STEP dancing, and making mosaics. Our youth have enjoyed picnics at Josephine Sculpture Park while they attended Shakespeare-in-the-Park. We also participate in the Paul Sawyier Public Library Summer Program.
For over five years Frankfort's Grand Theatre has provided quality arts programs and performance events for our children and their families. The Grand Theatre has allowed our children to perform on its stage during our Celebration of the Arts. Many see the Grand as "their theatre." This collaboration is nurturing their talents and having a transformative power in their lives.
Whether it's visiting a museum, aquarium, or art gallery; planting/harvesting in the community garden or in our raised beds; playing kickball or corn hole with friends; OR participating in one of our enrichment programs, the Kings Center youth enjoy a rich variety of wholesome and engaging activities.