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School Age Care

Fun & Friends is a child care program for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. It has served the students of Brainerd Public Schools for over 30 years with age-appropriate, fun, recreational activities. Care is provided before school, after school, on non-school days, and over the summer.

Sites include Nisswa Elementary, Baxter Elementary, Riverside Elementary, and Harrison Elementary (also servicing Garfield and Lowell). 

Summer registration has ended and all sites are full. To be added to a waitlist, please contact Cassandra Hale at 218-454-6956 or

SUMMER 2024:

Locations: Fun & Friends will be open at the following locations:

  • Riverside Elementary
  • Baxter Elementary
  • Nisswa Elementary
  • Families can choose any site for summer programming regardless of where their child attends school.

Dates & Hours: Wednesday, June 5- Friday, August 23. Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:00pm.

Rates: $40/day or $45/day for a drop in, 3 days/week minimum

Registration: Summer registration will open in three different phases starting at the end of February. Please note that you can sign up any time during your registration window. See the table below. Current families: all past due invoices must be paid in full before a registration is processed. If it is not paid in full by March 5, your registration will be waitlisted.

Fun & Friends Summer 2024 Registration
Registration Windows: Phases: Who’s Included:
February 28 - March 5 Opens at 9:00 AM Early Registration: Phase 1 All families who have students currently attending the Fun & Friends program during the 23-24 school year.
March 6 - March 12 Opens at 9:00 AM Early Registration: Phase 2 All families who had students attend Fun & Friends Summer 2023 (summer only registrations).
Families that were on the 23-24 waitlist prior to December 31, 2023.
March 12
PreK+ Registration All current PreK+ families who have a student going into kindergarten can register on this date.
Fun & Friends has 6 spots reserved at each location for PreK+ students. All PreK+ enrollments will be placed in a lottery to fill those spaces.
March 13 - March 19 Opens at 9:00 AM Public Registration: Open to everyone to complete enrollment. All public enrollments will be placed in a lottery. The number of spaces will be based on staffing availability.Families will be notified of their status on March 25.

*Families must sign up during the correct stage for their application to be considered. Signing up before your registration window will result in a denied application. 

For more information or to view our handbook, please visit the Fun & Friends website, HERE

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Contact Info
804 Oak St
Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 454-6687