By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
TRENTON – Daddy Daughter Date Night created smiles and memories Feb. 7 as papas and progeny danced to a disc jockey and warmed to the Winter Beach Party theme at the Westfield Center.
Program coordinator Hannah Baker said the annual event, offered Feb. 6 and 7, drew about 150 participants the first night and 125 the second at the center, 2700 Westfield Road.
“We do it two nights because it is so popular,” she said. “It’s something the daddies and daughters look forward to each year. They create memories that last a lifetime.”
Baker said most of the girls are age 3 to 13, an age where they enjoy spending time with their fathers. The 75-minute event included dancing, photos and snacks.
Rob Moga of Brownstown Township said he likes having a chance to dance and interact with his daughter Liliana, 6.
“We did a daddy-daughter dance at her school and had a good time,” he said. “We like the beach theme, and she likes doing the activities. We’re getting pictures and making memories.”
Delaney Hickman, 9, of Trenton said she likes the dancing, especially the “Cupid Shuffle,” and spending time with her father, Eric, who said he likes spending quality time with her.
“She’s my second (daughter), and this is our fourth (date night),” he said. “She’s growing up too fast.”
Brad Barich of Trenton said his daughter Kaelyn, 10, was also growing up too fast, and he had fun spending time with her at the date night.
Jason Davis of Trenton, who brought his daughters Kira, 10, and Lexi, 7, said it’s “the best night of the year.”
“It’s nothing but me and my girls,” Davis said. “They are going to grow up and leave one day, and I hope that never happens, because I want them here with me the rest of my life. I love hanging out with my daughters.”
Lexi said her father was “really nice and a really good dancer,” while Kira said he was “a good dancer, and silly as well.”
Troy Szydlowski of Trenton said he likes to see his daughter Jaelin, 8, happy. She said her father is a good dancer, and she was looking forward to getting out on the dance floor with him.
Steve Jones of Trenton said he had fun doing the Hokey Pokey and the Chicken Dance with his 5-year-old daughter Shayla.
He said that the next day he would tell his coworkers that he “had a date with a beautiful girl.”
“We went dancing and had a great time,” he said with a smile.
DJ Bea Jacobs, who also supplies the music at the annual Mother Son Date Night in March, said she loves watching the little girls enjoy themselves with their fathers.
“The daddies look kind of lost, but you can see the smiles on their faces,” she said. “I guess it’s just watching the memories build. I love seeing it.”
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at email@example.com.)