The Collier County Sheriff's Office is again sponsoring Hot Summer Nights, a program to bring kids together for fun and to get to know deputies, too.
The programs are from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday evenings at parks and other locations throughout Collier County and are open to students in middle and high school. Hot Summer Nights include water slides, music, dancing games, sports, roller skating and water park events. Kids can snack on snow cones, popcorn and hot dogs served by deputies.
The first Hot Summer Nights program is this Friday night at King Richard's Family Fun Park. Fishing, swimming, boatbuilding, movies, sports, music and games are some of the activities planned.
Summerfest is in partnership with Collier County Parks and Recreation, the Collier County School District and more than 200 area donor businesses and individuals.
New this year will be child fingerprinting events and the Have A Ball program in which deputies will keep footballs, basketballs and soccer balls in their patrol cars so they can engage in sports activities with kids between calls.
CCSO youth relations deputies will be assigned to summer youth programs instead of being assigned to patrol duties.
Hot Summer Nights schedule:
■ June 8: King Richard's Family Fun Park, 6780 Airport-Pulling Road, North Naples. Admission to the park is free. Rides are free for kids; adults can ride at a discounted price. There will be a cost for games and food.
■ June 15: Corkscrew Middle School, 1165 Oil Well Road, Golden Gate Estates
■ June 22: Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate
■ June 29: Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd. W., North Naples
■ July 6: No program
■ July 13: Immokalee Sports Park, 505 Escambia St., Immokalee
■ July 20: McLeod Park, Everglades City
■ July 27: Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples
■ Aug. 3: Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Golden Gate
■ Aug. 24: Back to School Bash, Sun -n- Fun Lagoon, North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, North Naples