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Volunteers keep family fun night going strong

For more than five years the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department has hosted its Family Fun Night free of charge. That’s thanks to a number of volunteers, who help make the event possible.

Park and recreation supervisor Lisa Maurer said volunteers help keep costs down, making it possible to offer the event free of charge. This year in particular, Maurer said, Girl Scout Troop 54069 will help put on the event.

For the last several years, a group of former Girl Scouts has helped as well. The girls no longer participate with Girl Scouts but still come back to volunteer each year.

Family Fun Fest will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Rosemount Community Center. The event will feature a dozen carnival games, prizes, an inflatable obstacle course, an inflatable slide, treats and more. Open skating will be available from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the ice arena. Those who want to skate must bring their own. Skate rental is not available.

Most notably, Maurer said, the AlphaBits will perform throughout the night. The popular husband and wife duo performs a variety of kid-friendly songs. Maurer said the band has performed at 35 parks and recreation department events and is always a crowd-pleaser.

Family Fun Fest typically draws 300 to 400 kids a year. Maurer said it’s well attended and gives families an opportunity to get out of the house on a cold winter’s night.

“Everybody’s welcome. Come out and have some fun,” said Maurer.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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