That’s family entertainment?

It was with dismay that I read the front page article on Oct. 13 that informed the citizens of Rochester that three local businessmen were hoping to create an entertainment complex in southeast Rochester.

I wonder how many families in Rochester would consider a laser tag center and arcade "family" entertainment? As the mother of two young boys, ages 4 and 6, I can honestly say this is far from family entertainment.

I don’t often spend time running around with my sons aiming guns at each other. And the thought of taking my kids to an arcade where I can watch them glaze over while playing idiotic and often violent games is anything but appealing.

Why can’t developers and/or the city try creating a Children’s Museum or a Science Museum? Or possibly an aquarium or zoo that offers animals other than those native to Minnesota?

I’d even prefer an amusement park with rides for children of all ages and maybe an IMAX theater over the proposed entertainment center.


Our family travels to Minneapolis/St. Paul several times a year to spend time and money at these sorts of attractions. Our children enjoy them and we enjoy sharing the experiences with them.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to see developers, along with the city of Rochester, create stimulating, fun and educational family experiences for the families of Rochester to enjoy?

Jennifer Jacobs


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