City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Safety Town

Safety Town LogoSafety Town is a two-week summer preschool program that teaches children all aspects of child safety. Founded in 1971, approximately 400 children attend Safety Town each year, learning how to make wise decisions in potentially dangerous situations, as well as how to handle emergencies in their young lives. Students learn about pedestrian safety by tricycling about a miniature village complete with streets, sidewalks, buildings, stop signs and a working traffic signal.

When and Where is Safety Town?
Safety Town is held at one of Upper Arlington's elementary schools each year. A total of four sessions are offered. Morning sessions are held from 9 a.m.-Noon, afternoon sessions from 1-4 p.m. Children enjoy a graduation ceremony following completion of each session. See the 2018 dates below.

Who Comes to Safety Town?
Children entering Kindergarten or first grade are eligible to attend Safety Town. Children must be five years of age prior to September 30th in order to qualify for registration. The content of the program is developed for children who are entering Kindergarten or first grade that fall. Our hope is to have every child possible attend Safety Town at least once. If your child has been through the program before, please consider allowing other first-timers to register before you sign-up.

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What do Children Learn at Safety Town?
Safety Town students learn about a variety of situations and what they should do to remain safe, including:
  • Pedestrian and traffic safety
  • Fire prevention
  • School bus safety
  • Poison/substance avoidance
  • Animal safety
  • Personal safety
  • Water safety

Each child receives a Certificate of Achievement upon completion of Safety Town.

Who Teaches Safety Town?
Certified teachers instruct the children in a classroom setting, while high school and college students supervise them out at the miniature village. Safety specialists from the City of Upper Arlington teach the children and provide demonstrations in their areas of expertise.

The program is directed by the Upper Arlington Police Division's Community Relations Officer and DARE Officer, who remain on site throughout the program.

2018 Dates
The dates for 2018 are set!
-First session will run from June 18 through June 29 (no weekends)
-Second session will run from July 9 through July 20 (no weekends)
Greensview Elementary, 4301 Greensview Drive, Upper ArlingtonSafety Town 3

Registering for Safety Town

Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 am online! We suggest registering quickly in order to get your desired session.
The cost of the program is $85 for residents and $102 for non-residents.

Registration Options
  • Register Online: online registration requires a user name/password and your credit card information.
    You can create your own account online or have your user name/password information e-mailed to you if you have are a previous Parks & Recreation customer.
  • Register in Person: stop by the Parks & Recreation Department at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road during office hours of Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or use the after hours drop-off box in the Kenny Road parking lot.
Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and classes fill quickly. If there is a specific session you wish to enroll your child in, it is advisable to register as soon as possible to receive priority placement.
Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 614-583-5300 if you are having trouble registering or if you have questions about registration.
Please contact the Police DARE-Community Relations Officer, EJ Windham, at 614-583-5196 for questions about the Safety Town program and/or course content.

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