Kids dance the night away at the preschool prom

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - Twit­ter: @in­dy_­com­mu­nity By SARA NEW­MAN snew­man@somd­news.com

More than 100 adults and lit­tle ones twirled, sang and limbo-ed their way through the night.

Chil­dren and their par­ents donned their for­mal best Fri­day at the Charles County Parks and Recre­ation Sweet Heart’s Preschool Prom at the Mil­ton Somers Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in La Plata.

First, the kids walked a red car­pet and took pic­tures with their par­ents be­fore en­ter­ing the dance floor and en­joy­ing the evening.

This is the third year the depart­ment has hosted the dance and Sally Ba­hen, multi-cen­ter co­or­di­na­tor for the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, said it’s an op­por­tu­nity to get fam­i­lies out for an evening of fun.

“Our dance is a chance to have the en­tire fam­ily en­joy an evening par­tic­i­pat­ing in age ap­pro­pri­ate arts and crafts, singing, free play and danc­ing while get­ting to know more about what our recre­ation depart­ment has to of­fer year round,” Ba­hen said of the dance.

Kathy and Dar­ryl Al­massy of Bryan­town brought their daugh­ter Gabi, 3, to the dance. Kathy said she and her fam­ily al­ways en­joy at­tend­ing Parks and Recre­ation events.

“Ev­ery­thing is al­ways well-or­ga­nized and in­ter­ac­tive. We’re never dis­ap­pointed,” Kathy said, list­ing off a num­ber of com­mu­nity events she’s been to this year. “We’ve come out to this dance be­fore and [Dar­ryl and Gabi] have gone to the Fa­ther, Daugh­ter dance. Gabi’s fa­vorite is princess events and any­thing she can get dressed up for. They’re just won­der­ful.”

“The smiles, laugh­ter and the many pho­tos that are shared that night on so­cial me­dia and later placed in the fam­ily al­bums make the plan­ning, ef­fort and work worth­while,” Ba­hen said. “See­ing the par­ents join in on the Hokey Pokey, bend low for the limbo and join the walk­ing pa­rade makes it a mem­o­rable evening for the en­tire fam­ily. We make mem­o­ries at the event. The at­ten­dees are the stars and cen­ter of at­ten­tion.”

Monise and Balvin Brown Jr. of La Plata came out to the preschool prom for the first time with son Balvin Brown III, 1, and daugh­ter Arielle Brown, 3. Monise said she thought the event was “re­ally sweet.”

“The kids are hav­ing a re­ally good time,” Monise said. “A friend tagged me on Face­book and I saw pic­tures from last year’s dance and my friend said they had a blast so I thought it would be fun for us to come to.”

“It’s a good time to get the fam­i­lies out on a Fri­day,” Jay War­ren, multi-cen­ter co­or­di­na­tor for the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, said of the evening. “The kids re­ally en­joy it.”

The Mil­ton Somers Com­mu­nity Cen­ter will hold its Daddy Daugh­ter Dance for ages 3 to 12 on Fri­day, April 28. Go to www.charle­scoun­ty­parks.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY SARA NEW­MAN

Arielle Brown, 3, dances with her mother, Monise Brown of La Plata at the Charles County Parks and Recre­ation Sweet Heart’s Preschool Prom Fri­day night.

Matthew Afroilan, 4, dances with his mother, Ali­cia Afroilan of Wal­dorf, at the Charles County Parks and Recre­ation Sweet Heart’s Preschool Prom Fri­day night.

Adalan Durousseau, left, 3, dances with Eve­lyn Bedell, 5, at the Sweet Heart’s Preschool Prom Fri­day night.

Bray­lon Bouldin, 3, dances with bal­loons at the Charles County Parks and Recre­ation Sweet Heart’s Preschool Prom Fri­day night.

Aubree Bynum, 4, sings a song on stage at the Sweet Hearts Preschool Prom hosted by Charles County Parks and Recre­ation Fri­day night.

Balvin Brown III, 1, dances at the Charles County Parks and Recre­ation Sweet Heart’s Preschool Prom Fri­day night.

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