Friday Night Lights is a new recreational program by Charleston’s police, fire and recreation departments.

The program will give children ages 5-15 the opportunity to develop character, promote sportsmanship and have fun in a safe and encouraging environment, according to an announcement from the police department Monday.

Friday Night Lights will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on these dates and at these sites:

• Friday — Herbert Hasell Pool and Harmon Park at 265 Fishburne St.

• June 28 — W.L. Stephens Aquatics Center and Forest Park at 780 West Oak Forest Drive

• July 12 — Westchester Park at 1443 Secessionville Road

• July 19 — Martin Luther King Pool and Martin Park at 155 Jackson St.

• July 26 — Herbert Hasell Pool and Harmon Park

• August 2 — Martin Luther King Pool and Martin Park

Activities include arts and crafts, a basketball shootout, soccer, flag football, swimming, music, dance, educational sessions, food and movies shown on a 20-foot inflatable screen.

“We are excited about working with our community partners to offer safe, family-oriented activities to some local communities,” said Laurie Yarbrough, the city’s director of recreation.

Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen says this is another opportunity to provide children from throughout Charleston with positive activities that offer fun entertainment, character building, and the chance to build relationships with police officers, fire fighters, and recreation specialists.

For more information contact Crystal Reed at 958-6485, Sharon Robinson at 720-2401 or Carolyn Brown at 720-1999.