Fathers Day 2016 was the inaugural Dadstastic event organised by Leeds Dads, headed up by Errol Murray, held at Leeds City Museum and I hope that it is the first of many more to come!
The event was celebrating all things “dad” but actually, very little was “dad” focused. It was child focused, which is exactly how it should be, and hopefully mums felt as welcome as dads.
The event was also celebrating all that is good about Leeds (and the surrounding area) in terms of children’s entertainment and activities. When you look around, and hopefully my blog backs this up, Leeds has some wonderful things for children to get involved in and it should be something the city is proud of.
In fact, one bad thing about writing this is not being able to link everyone in who made it a success, so please use the comments section! Truth be told as well, we were there for 3 hours and didn’t get round to most of what was happening, which shows how much there was going on!
Our little plan initially took us to a Frozen singalong with Suzie Sparkles aka Elsa. Now, I am very lucky as we have never seen the film so we were at a slight disadvantage but Elsa was wonderful with the children, young and old, and the ample distribution of lollies also helps! Even pass the parcel was a success with no-one getting upset over not being able to win!!
After that we had our face painted (well, Heidi, not me!) and whilst challenging them by asking for a ladybird, it looked lovely and even Anna seemed impressed!!! What was also good was the fact that there was a number of face painters so the queue wasn’t long!
So after a quick lunch stop, we went to the fabulous Boomchikkaboom. I have written about the fabulous times we have had with Faye and Natalie on numerous occasions (for example here), but they are truly brilliant. However, Heidi seems to have been going to too many of their events as she seems to want to run the class!! The class was so good, we had bubbles and foam, but we did find out foam and face paint don’t go well together!!
Straight from there we headed off to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance class. This class was a bit too energetic for all the parents sat on the side, as we were all every tired at this point!!! The teacher, Sam, was really good at involving all of the children, be they 2 or 10. I thought that Heidi might be a bit too young, but in fact, it was ideal, except the fact that she can’t balance on 1 foot!!!
That took us to the end of the event, except for a big group photo to finish. All in all, nearly 2,000 people were in the museum on Fathers Day, which is amazing, the cafe ran out of most food, and there was lots of happy yet tired faces leaving the museum at the end of the event.
Obviously, if this event happens next year, please support it. It is a wonderful event, set up by a great set of dads, with the support of local organisations. I am pretty sure Leeds hasn’t got a similar event and that alone makes it special. The fact is was held on Fathers Day was the cherry on the cake!