TULSA, Okla. None - Any parent with teenaged children knows: Boredom is the enemy. A new club designed exclusively with teens in mind hopes to combat that problem.
Phillip and Tracey Farmer have opened "Krave Teen Town" at 6808 S. Memorial. It is for ages 13-18, and the Farmers say they have worked extremely hard to get things ready in time for New Year's Eve.
They could have opened months ago, Tracey Farmer told KRMG, but they really wanted to wait until they had just the right location.
Where they eventually built, just north of the busy intersection of S. 71st St. and Memorial Dr., had everything they were looking for in a site.
It's well-lit at night, has plenty of parking, is in a busy area of town, and it's in an area that convenient for parents as well.
Parents of a 16-year-old son themselves, the Farmers put a lot of thought into how best to make the club enjoyable for the kids, while keeping the situation comfortable for parents.
One idea they hit on was a video system which can be accessed via smartphone.
James Orr, a contractor who has built several teen clubs around the country, was on site Friday attending to last-minute details. He told KRMG that of the club's 9 cameras, six are accessible by the public.
That allows parents to monitor the situation without being intrusive.
"Clubs like this only work if the parents are happy," he said, "and so we really have to make sure that we have a good reputation and prevent any type of issues."
He says the landlord has agreed to provide security outside the building, while the club provides its own internal security.
They will not allow kids to re-enter the club without paying another admission; that will prevent them from going outside and getting into any trouble.
Tracey Farmer says the admission price is $12. She said they have modestly-priced concessions available, as well as video games and pool tables.
There's a large dance floor, well-lit with plenty of high-tech effects, and a VIP lounge which features a Karaoke stage and a huge projection video screen. The VIP lounge can be reserved for private parties, and Farmer told KRMG they've already had several inquiries about it.
Hours for now are Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until Midnight. Thursdays will be special event nights, Farmer said, and the hours will vary.