From the Sarnia Observer
Parents and grandparents of children whose heroes wear capes or gowns (or both) are invited to attend a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia-Lambton on Saturday, May 4.
The club will be holding its inaugural Princess and Superheroes Party at Sarnia’s Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
With activity booths, sing-a-longs, story readings and prizes, children ages three to 10 will have the opportunity to indulge their inner Batmans, Captain Marvels and Elsas, meet, greet and socialize with other superheroes and princesses, and burn off some of that superhero energy while getting stimulated through a variety of interactive and enticing activities.
Youthful attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favourite superhero or princess – and they just might get the chance to meet some full-sized heroes during the three-hour gala, said Boys and Girls Club program facilitator Janet Ireson.
“We’re going to have actors come, and they’re going to be dressed up as everybody’s favourite superheroes and princesses,” she said. “Periodically, they’re going to do sing-a-longs and story times with kids, we’re going to have multiple activity booths, Croc-A-Doodle will make an appearance, we’ll have door prizes. … It’s going to be a really fun afternoon.”
While their progeny are busy at the activity booths, parents, grandparents and guardians can take a few minutes to examine the wares of local vendors who will be present at the gala, including Once Upon a Tu Tu, Thrive and The Fudge Lady.
And for princesses and superheroes who find their tummies grumbling, the party will feature a cookie station where kids can decorate their own cookies before consuming them.
Unlike many other family events that end up being rather costly, Ireson said, tickets for the May 4 event need only to be purchased for the kids coming (tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door). Parents and guardians accompanying the kids get in free.
“It’s an affordable and fun event for families where guardians don’t have to pay to attend,” Ireson said. “It’s kind of a nice afternoon for everybody on a Saturday to come out and enjoy themselves. We really hope it will become an annual event.”
Money raised from the fundraiser will go right back into the community, helping countless kids across Lambton County reach their full potential, Ireson said.
“All the money we raise goes right back into the club,” she said. “We offer multiple programs here – we have an after-school program, we have a drop-in program, we support Project Backpack and we do a lot of varied things for varied age ranges. So we have a pretty large audience we cater to.”
Asked if parents or grandparents could also don their capes, gowns and tights for the event, Ireson simply said the more superheroes and princesses at the event, the better.
“Parents – absolutely, go for it,” she said, laughing. “I never thought about that but if they want to, they can sure do it if they like.”
For more information about the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia-Lambton’s Princess and Superhero Party, visit www.bgcsarnia.com or their Facebook page.