Photos: KidFest at Cottage Grove Ice Arena
COTTAGE GROVE — The April 7 KidFest brought more than 700 people to the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Every spring, the city's Parks & Recreation Department musters a children's menu of youth sports, reading and nature programs and other activities for young bodies and minds.
There was a rumpus on the green turf as kids kicked soccer balls, clambered through a bouncy obstacle course, tossed a football or played catch. One vendor, Miss Laura's Preschool Friends, sponsored a parachute game where kids crouched and giggled under a billowing multi-colored silk drop cloth that their parents lifted up and down at the edges.
On the upper level, kids and their parents could speak with representatives from Girl Scouts of America, Kids Kare Learning Center, Macaroni Kid, Mathnasium, Locally Grown Theatre, Youth Service Bureau, Tutor Time, Footholde Soccer Clinic, Park Grove Library and more.
Jessa Dana, 8, played catch with Greta Turgeon, 6. Jessa's father, Tim Dana, is vice president of Cottage Grove Wolfpack Fastpitch Softball.
"Give 'em options," he said.