Summer Learning Tips and Text

Youth can access both new and existing programming opportunities through Sprockets, Saint Paul’s out-of-school-time network

As the school year comes to a close, Mayor Chris Coleman today announced two new summer youth programs that will augment existing out-of-school time learning options offered through the city, including new hands-on educational camps at the Saint Paul Public Library focused on creativity, technology and engineering. All summer programs, many of which are free or accessible at reduced rates, can be accessed online through the Sprockets Program Finder at Parents can also sign up for text and email messages about free activities happening throughout the city.

“It is extremely important for kids to continue learning, even when school is no longer in session,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “That is why I have worked together with Saint Paul Public Schools and community organizations to make accessing out-of-school learning opportunities as easy as possible for families in Saint Paul. Through Sprockets, Saint Paul’s out-of-school-time network, families have a one-stop shop for summer learning opportunities across the city.”

Among the hundreds of summer programs and activities offered through the Saint Paul Public Library, two new camps aimed at inspiring scientific and creative inquiry will be offered at Sun Ray and Highland Park Libraries and Arlington Hills Community Center: Maker Camps and Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camps. Both types of camps are growing in popularity, and are quickly emerging as a way to engage youth beyond reading, as libraries’ missions have expanded to inspire additional pathways to learning.

“Learning shouldn’t stop when the school year ends,” said Superintendent Silva. “Our schools, the city and community organizations across Saint Paul offer a wide array of opportunities for students to continue learning throughout the summer. Whether it’s taking guitar lessons, playing a sport or participating in an outdoor activity at a local library there are a lot options for summer fun and learning."

The online Sprockets Program Finder, contains information about afterschool and summer programs from the City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Public Schools and more than 90 community organizations.


Additional summer highlights offered through the City of Saint Paul

Summer Meals Program: The Summer Meals Program is a free summer food service program offered from June 15 to August 20, for youth 18 years and under. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner or a combination of those will be offered at all Recreation Centers, Phalen Beach, and multiple Library sites, including Rondo, Riverview, Dayton’s Bluff and Rice Street Libraries, as well as Arlington Hills Community Center. The city expects to serve more than 70,000 meals this summer.

Summer Blast: In addition to the free summer meals program, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation will also once again offer the free afternoon Summer Blast program for youth grades K-5. Activities include crafts, art, tennis, cooking, swimming, gym games, water fun, outdoor nature activities, fitness and more. For more information, visit

Summer Texts and Tips: Parents can subscribe to receive weekly text or email alerts from the city highlighting free upcoming events and programming opportunities. Signing up is easy:

  1. To receive text alerts, simply text “STPAUL SUMMER” to 468311 or;
  2. To receive email alerts, text “STPAUL SUMMER” and your email address to 468311.