LIMA — For Jamie Tate and her seven-year-old son Landon, the first ever Mother-Son Super Hero Party at the Lima Family YMCA on Saturday night was a huge smash.
Jamie came dressed as Captain Marvel while Landon was one of about a dozen Spidermen at the party.
“You know I think it’s really neat. I happened across it on Facebook and I said something to my husband and he’s like ‘You gotta do it with Landon,’” she said.
Sarah Anderson had her three sons with her.
That was by design.
“They’ve always had the father-daughter dance so this is just an opportunity for mothers and sons to go out and have fun and enjoy themselves,” said Michelle Webken, membership director at the Lima Family YMCA.
A variety of games were set up in the gym and there was even a DJ spinning the tunes and plenty of snacks. More than 140 people were expected to attend the event.
“It’s going really well. I think we are pretty close to capacity of what we’re going to allow just to make sure everybody can have fun and have enough space,” said Webken.
Heroes 4 Hope were also on hand as well, posing for pictures with the children.
The idea for a Mother-Son Super Hero Party was something that they thought would be a hit with the boys.
“The boys probably don’t care so much for the dance part, so we tried something fun where they can dress up and play games. We have a dance, as well, but just something else because boys don’t want to dance the whole night or care so much about that,” said Webken.
The event helps foster a positive relationship between a mother and son.
“Any kind of relationship with your parent is just going to improve your kid’s safety and their respect for elders. It’s important to get to know your child and spend quality time with them. I always say that electronics are so popular these days but parents and children that sometimes maybe you miss that quality time with them and here’s another chance for them to get that,” added Webken.
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