Activity Centers

Welcome to Activity Center 2021.  We are planning to go back to the “normal” protocols for Activity Center, meaning kids are in larger groups with options for small group break-out activities throughout the day.  Activity Center will take place in the various elementary school gyms this summer, NOT in the classrooms.  Please know we will get updated/revised COVID guidelines out to the parents as those guidelines are refined and opening day draws closer. We’re planning for a safe, fun summer!

Activity Centers provide summer recreational programming at selected elementary schools in a day-camp style setting. This program is for kids entering grades 1-6. Daily games, crafts, projects and outdoor fun and movement help participants increase social skills and enjoy active play in a safe and caring supervised environment. Activity Centers have limited enrollment.

Ages Dates Days Time
1st – 6th Grade June 7 – Aug. 6 M – F 7:45am – 5:30pm
  • Must have completed kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year or be 6 years old by June 1, 2021. If your child is in kindergarten, but won’t be 6 until after June 1, 2021, please come to Bismarck Parks and Recreation office to register.
  • Activity Centers is closed at 12 noon on August 6
  • No program on July 5
  • There is no supervision before 7:45am or after 5:30pm
  • We do not provide lunch or snacks, so please bring your own.


  • $475/child – if received on or before Thursday, April 29.
  • $485/child – if received Friday, April 30 or later.
  • When registering, the registration fee for Activity Center can be paid in one payment, or you may choose to split the payment in two. You can make that choice at the time of registration during the payment process.



  • Step One: Register your child(ren) for the selected Activity Center site either in person at the Administrative Offices or online. Once your child(ren) is registered, you can then move to Step Two.
  • Step Two: You MUST print out or pick up the Activity Center Registration Packet and fill out all the pages. Return the completed packet to the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District Office within 24-hours of registration. Once your completed packet is received, your child(ren)’s registration for Activity Center is complete.
School Location Code
Centennial 2800 Ithica Dr 21804
Grimsrud 716 St. Benedict Dr 21805
Liberty 5400 Onyx Dr. 21806
Northridge 1727 N. 3rd St. 21807
Prairie Rose 2200 Oahe Bend 21808
Rita Murphy 611 N. 31st St. 21809
Roosevelt 613 W. Ave. B 21810
Solheim 325 Munich Dr. 21811
Sunrise 3800 Nickerson Ave. 21812

Junior Leader

Junior Leaders will learn the skills necessary to perhaps become an Activity Center leader one day. A Junior Leader will assist the Leaders in organizing the games and daily activities, helping the Activity Center participants when needed, and helping prepare for the activities each day. The Junior Leaders assist the Leaders and learn leadership and problem-solving skills in a fast-paced, recreational environment.

Junior Leader Applications can be submitted from April 1-16. BPRD staff will do a random drawing on April 21 and applicants will be notified of the results.


  • $75/junior leader
    Maximum of 4 leaders per site.
    Junior Leaders must be going into 7th grade or older.