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Photos: KidFest at Cottage Grove Ice Arena

Kids and parents got to sample the parachute game during the April 7 KidFest at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The game is part of preschool fitness class called Miss Laura's Little Military Athletes. Owner Laura Ackerman (right) was one of the vendors at the event, which lets kids try out various activities. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 8
Elijah Eckdahl, 19 months, plays with his mother Megan at the April 7 KidFest at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 8
The annual KidFest featured various products, programs and services for kids. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 8
Nylah Morgan, 3, of St. Paul Park tackles the bouncy obstacle course at the April 7 KidFest at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 8
Gabriel Leija, 19 months, enjoys the April 7 KidFest at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. He came from St. Paul his with brother Dominic, 4 and mom Jenny. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 5 / 8
Natalie Lynch, 13, and Kylee Nickle, 9, play barefoot kickball at the April 7 KidFest at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 6 / 8
Kids and parents got to sample the parachute game during the April 7 KidFest at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The game is part of preschool fitness class called Miss Laura's Little Military Athletes. Owner Laura Ackerman (right) was one of the vendors at the event, which lets kids try out various activities. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 7 / 8
Greta Turgeon, 6, winds up the April 7 KidFest at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Greta came with her grandfather, gary Turgeon. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 8 / 8

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.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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