Maybe some pizza. A little more dance music. Swimming.

"Other than that, it seems pretty good to me," said 14-year-old Imarii Dennison, who took a bunch of adults up on their offer of a fun time Friday night.

Dennison and her friends said they were actually quite impressed with Teens' Fourth Friday, a new event geared toward York City teenagers that kicked off Friday in Cherry Lane with a DJ, basketball, free hot dogs, double Dutch and a chance to face off against Mayor Kim Bracey in a game of checkers.

The idea is to give teens a place to go and some things to do in a city - well, perhaps a nation - where kids seem to perpetually complain of boredom.

The crowd at Friday's event was a mix of generations.

Pamela McMillan, a secretary at William Penn Senior High School, said she'd been urging teenagers for weeks to show up for Fourth Friday. Advances in technology have meant many kids have lost their lust for play and pretend, she said.

So, on Friday, McMillan taught youngsters the fine art of double Dutch.

"It's still fun to me - even though I can't do it as fast," she said. "You can't let go of your childhood."

For the first 30 minutes, most fun seekers were adults or young children. But, slowly, the teenagers began to show.

If she wasn't at Fourth Friday, Dennison admitted, "I am pretty sure I would probably be sleeping."

Katena Wilson, 14, was equally honest.

"I would be home texting or watching TV," she said. "I think this is cool."

Community groups were also there Friday to distribute information and sign teens up for various programs.

Dennison said she liked that too. She'd been meaning to ask Crispus Attucks about volunteer opportunities.

Fourth Friday is the brainchild of George Fitch, the ninth-grade principal at William Penn, who said he's a big fan of the downtown business community's First Friday promotions.

"They've got a First Friday for adults. Why not have an event for kids?" he said.

Fitch said he realizes many of York City's teenagers were probably attending the high school's football game Friday. But Fourth Friday isn't meant to compete with that, he said. Kids who aren't into sports need an outlet too.

"There's still so many kids that you see walking the streets of York," he said. "How can we reach them?"

Fitch said he's expecting event planners will continue to get more and more creative with Fourth Friday.

As he grilled hot dogs, Fitch directed teenagers not to leave before sharing some written feedback.

"Guess what?. It's their city," he said.

Teens' Fourth Friday will continue for at least three more months. Events are scheduled for Oct. 27 at a skating rink, Nov. 22 at the York YMCA and Dec. 27 at Broad Park Manor.

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