We All Scream for Ice Cream

St. Louis Park comes together to celebrate the community’s children with an ice cream party.

Children First celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and on May 21 they are hosting their 24th ice cream social. The event will also serve as the grand opening of the new Recreation Outdoor Center, also known as the “ROC at the Rec.”

Karen Atkinson, executive director of Children First, says that events like this bolster the group’s initiative: to provide the assets and support kids need to thrive. “Even if you don’t have kids yourself, it’s about things like engaging at the coffee shop with the teenaged barista,” says Atkinson. “It’s about keeping a spare key for a neighbor kid in case they get locked out, or just having a basketball hoop that they can use.” The free family event features entertainment and free Sebastian Joe’s ice cream, as well as kosher ice cream.