Alton, IL – March15, 2011 –  The Riverbender.com Community Center is teaming up with Alton Marketplace and opening its doors to all ages on Thursday, March 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Typically the Center has focused on programming geared towards teens ranging from grades 6 through 12; but that's not the case for Family Fun Night. "This will be an opportunity for Mom and Dad, and maybe even Grandma and Grandpa to take a break from the normal routine and enjoy some quality time with the kids," commented John Hentrich, owner of the Center. "They can take a break from cooking dinner, not worry about cleanup and really have a quality night with their children, whether the kids are ages one or 18."

Admission for the night includes a family-style dinner and is open to the public. Cost is $8 per person, children under age 5 are free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Families will be able to enjoy all the games of the Center which include pool tables, foosball, darts, air hockey, pinball, table tennis, pop-a-shot, PS3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox Kinect, Play Station Move, Guitar Hero, DanceDanceRevolution, and a variety of board games or watch  Yogi Bear in the Center's movie theater.

The Family Fun Nights are sponsored by various area service organizations. Groups such as the Alton Exchange Club and Alton Marketplace are the first sponsors of this program, offering volunteers to staff the Center for the night. "We simply couldn't offer Family Fun Nights without the generosity of these organizations, and we're always looking for more groups to serve as hosts for the future," said Hentrich. "These groups are really showing their support for the community by helping with this project."

The Riverbender.com Community Center is a 12,000 square foot facility on three levels offering a safe place for kids to hang out with their friends or make new ones, where kids can be themselves without bullying or intimidation from others.  The focus of the Center is to provide youth a chance to experiment with new ideas, games, and activities like art and music, NOT sex, drugs, and alcohol.

For further information email michelle@riverbender.com or call (618)465-9850 ext. 212.  The Riverbender.com Community Center is located 200 W. 3rd Street in downtown Alton www.riverbender.com/communitycenter

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