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 Utica plans to have a dance for parents and children in May that will incorporate a superhero theme, similar to this dance held in Berkley in January.

Utica plans to have a dance for parents and children in May that will incorporate a superhero theme, similar to this dance held in Berkley in January.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Utica Parks and Recreation to host parent-child dance in May

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published March 16, 2020

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Utica Parks and Recreation will bring families together for a new type of fun night out that will be full of memories.

The Parks and Recreation Committee plans to host its first parent-child dance from 3 to 7 p.m. May 3.

The dance will be held at American Legion Post 351, located at 46146 Cass Ave., and it will include many activities.

The theme of the event is “You’re My Super Hero.”

Lynn Karnes, a Utica resident and member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, said that after seeing events being done in other cities and the fun that was had, she decided that it was time for Utica to join in on the fun.

“As (it is) my first year with the Utica Parks and Recreation, I wanted to bring something different to the table. After seeing many other cities doing a mommy-son or daddy-daughter dance, we thought that it would be a nice change to have a parent-child dance where the whole family, regardless of gender, could come have a great time and dress up,” Karnes said in an email.

Kathryn Adams, the Utica Parks and Recreation Committee chairperson, said the city is excited to start this new annual event for the local community.

“We are very excited to start this event in the city. We have not done anything like this before and want to do more for the young families moving into and around the city. Utica is continuing to grow, and we love to showcase our little city. This will be an all-inclusive event for parents and families. We have an ambitious, energetic and innovative, newer parks and rec crew and have a lot of fun events and activities planned for this year,” Adams said in an email.

The event will feature a photo booth, United Shore Professional Baseball League mascots, face painting and a DJ.

The cost to attend the event for Utica residents will be $25 per couple or $30 for nonresidents, and $5 for each child.

Admission will include pizza, salad, soft drinks, a carnation for moms and a 4-by-6 photo.

Those interested should RSVP by April 24 to be entered to win a prize. Registration can be mailed to the city of Utica and labeled “Super Hero Party” at 7550 Auburn Road, Utica, MI 48317.