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May 09th, 2021

ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


Mother’s Day is nearly here, and summer is a little less than two months from its official beginning.

The Liberal Recreation Center has activities planned for both days starting with Mother’s Day. 

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Baker Arts Center, the Rec Center will have its annual Mother & Daughter Tea.

The tea party has been done for a few years, and with the cancelation of last year’s event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rec Center Activities Supervisor Ronna Stump said organizers are excited about having a party this year at Baker Arts.

“They have remodeled there whole building,” she said. “It’s awesome in there. It’s going to be great.”

Spots for the Mother & Daughter Tea can be reserved for $25 per mother and daughter, and there is an additional $5 charge for each additional daughter ages 4 and older.

“We will have a photographer there to take pictures, and that will be an additional cost,” Stump said. 

Stump added Baker Director Kat Baalmaan is also excited about the night’s events.

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“She’ll have some crafts for the moms and girls to do,” she said. “We’ll have some food, and we’ll just have a good time and have mothers and daughters spend time together.”

Stump said previous teas have been fun for all involved.

“The girls and mothers come dressed very nicely, and they look really pretty,” she said.

For Stump, all that entangles the Mother & Daughter Tea brings her fun.

“Seeing the mothers and daughters interact with each other and do their crafts and get their pictures taken, it’s always fun to see that,” she said.

The Mother & Daughter Tea comes about a month after the Rec Center’s Daddy Daughter Dance, which Stump said saw a great turnout.

“We had a record number, 185 people,” she said. “That’s the largest one we’ve ever had. It was great. The girls had a good time dancing whether the dads did or not.”

To sign up for the Mother & Daughter Tea, go to the Liberal Recreation Department Facebook page, go by the Rec Center at 950 S. Grant, or call 620-417-8150 before Friday.

With summer on the horizon, the Rec Department is already taking registrations for its annual Summer Adventure program.

Stump said children can be enrolled in an exciting program featuring a variety of games, activities and lots of fun, all supervised by summer staff.

“This is a great program we offer for boys and girls first grade through sixth grade,” she said. “They come to the Rec Center. They do something every day. We take them to the park. We take them swimming. We’ll have activities in the gym. It’s fun. We’ll go to McCray Park to swim. We’ll go to the park. We’ll play games in the gym. We’ll do crafts. You’ll get a calendar at the first of the class, so you’ll know what the kids are doing every day.”

Morning and afternoon sessions will be available on three groups of dates. Morning sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon, and afternoon sessions are from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Dates for those sessions are from June 7 through July 2, from July 6 through 30 and Aug. 2 through 13.

“You can sign up for both morning and afternoon or one or the other,” Stump said.

Stump said previous Summer Adventure programs have gone great.

“We’ve always hit our max of 50 kids in the afternoon and about that in the morning class,” she said. 

For the June and July session, the cost of Summer Adventure is $60, and the August session is $45. All participants will get a T-shirt. To register, call 417-8150, or go by the Rec Center.

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