On Friday, May 10, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Meridian Habitat Park Community Center, elementary aged boys and their mothers can enjoy an evening dance together. (This event is following the general concept of the famous father and daughter dances). Jennifer Spane, recreation supervisor for Pierce County Parks and Recreation, informed us that this was an idea that the general public came up with. “This program has been started from feedback from the public. It’s not very often that our events come about this way. It’s been fun offering something that the public wants, versus coming up with an idea on our own. It’s actually an event that people want. I hope it kicks off, works out, and is a fun time.”
The event will include: refreshments, dancing, games, crafts, and a professional DJ playing a variety of music. There will be reasonably priced souvenir photos for mothers and sons to have taken together and be able to take home to remember their special night.
Admission to the event is $15 per couple. There will also be prizes that will be given away. “Lots of people have been registering for the event. As soon as this event was announced, people have shown interest, and we appreciate that. The more we can get the word out there, the more fun we can have. Aside from dancing and games, there will be quieter activities that people can do in the corner if loud music isn’t their thing.” Jennifer commented.
Jennifer commented about the mom and son dance: “I think the mom and son dance is going to be a really fun activity, often times at Pierce County we’re getting comments for moms after our daddy daughter dance asking why they won’t have a dance for my son and I? I’m really excited we’re having a dance for them. They will have a lot of fun, get to know each other more, and really have a blast.”
Jennifer feels the best thing about the event is bringing people from the community to a shared experience. Jennifer explained, “Different moms are getting to know each other and sons are having a great time being at the same event together.”
When asked what many people may not know about the dance, Jennifer replied, “I truly try to adapt the activities to fit the needs of all the participants. I welcome both able bodied moms and sons and moms and sons with disabilities. We’ll make it fun and successful…a totally great time. You don’t have to worry, just show up and it’s all planned for you.”
Jennifer commented on how the mom and son dance is unique, “I’ve heard of a couple other mom and son dances in our state, through our recreation association, but not in Pierce County, South King County, or North Thurston County.”
For more information about this event, please call the main office at: 253 798-4177. For more information about upcoming events, to register for events, and to communicate with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, please visit: www.piercecountywa.org/parks.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com
Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for Tacoma.com