September ‘Fun Night’ gives adults a chance to have fun at Storybook Island | Sponsored
Rapid City’s Summer Days The Island of Tales is a magical place where young people frolic on more than 100 settings of tales and fairy tales.
But on September 18, it’s time for adults to give it a go. Adult Fun Night will provide fun and games from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for people over 21, all for the price of admission of just $10.
Participants will not only enjoy an evening of fun in an incomparable setting, but they will also have the satisfaction of contributing to a worthy cause – adding to the fund of building a playground for all abilities on the island, said Jackie Laws, the park’s general manager. .
The park held an adult entertainment night in June. “It was an incredible success,” Laws said. “Everyone wanted another one, so the September event was planned.
“Instead of raising money for the general fund, the board and I have decided to dedicate the proceeds to the Everyone’s Playground that we hope to build next year,” Laws said. “It is our great effort for this.”
New playground for all children
“The playground is my ‘passion project,'” said Laws, who was named executive director earlier this year. “The park was founded so that children could come and enjoy it for free, but now we have to move on to the future. We have things for children to climb on – that’s great, but not all children are able to do this. That’s why the big fundraiser for playground equipment for all abilities.
The all-abilities playground will have space for a child in a wheelchair to play as well as signs for children of all abilities to experience, Laws said. For example, there will be Braille panels for blind children and sensory panels for autistic children.
“It just incorporates activities for all children, whatever their needs,” she said. “So that’s a huge thing for us.”
The new playground will cost around $45,000.
A “block party for adults”
Adult Fun Night will feature live music from JJ Kent, a cornhole tournament with gift certificates for top scorers, a celebrity dunk tank, lawn darts, building a brick tower wood and other games. About nine food trucks will offer food purchases.
“It’s going to be like a big block party, but for the over-21s,” Laws said.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 605-342-6357 or at the door.
Upcoming Events on Storybook Island
Storybook Island, where visitors enter the park through Rapunzel’s Castle that doubles as the park’s gift shop, is open until Labor Day.
Kids and their parents can ride the Storybook Island Line Railroad or take a ride on a vintage carousel for a nominal fee.
The park is also the site of off-season events.
“Safe and Sweet Trick and Treat” takes place on the Saturday before Halloween or on Halloween itself when it falls on a Saturday.
During the holidays, the park lights up with color during “Nights of Christmas Lights” beginning the day after Thanksgiving, continuing the following two weekends and December 26-31.
“We have eight and a half acres and we’ve put about 20 miles of lights there,” Laws said. “Everything in the park is decorated.”
About Storybook Island
Storybook Island was founded in 1959 by Merle Gunderson and the Rapid City Rotary Club. While visiting Fairyland, an amusement park in Oakland, California, Gunderson was inspired to bring a similar park to children in Rapid City.
To visit The Island of Tales and experience all the fun the 100 sets of storybooks and fairy tales have to offer!
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