Little girls can bring their two favorite friends to snuggle with to the Muscatine Community YMCA Saturday for the ninth annual Mother Daughter Teddy Bear Tea Party.
The event rolls out for girls ages 2-12 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the YMCA, 1823 Logan St., and is $15 per couple, $5 per additional daughter. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear, bring their cameras, and dress up for a fun filled Saturday afternoon with a light lunch, crafts, games and entertainment. The event is a fundraiser for the Youth and Teen Programs of the Muscatine Community YMCA.
“We really want to offer families more opportunities to be together and to experience something fun and memorable,” said Amy Hessel, character development director for the YMCA. “We also wanted something for mothers and daughters to do together that they would both enjoy.”
This year’s entertainment will be the magic of Rick Eugene. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets by Thursday at the YMCA, by calling 563-263-9996 or online at www.muscatiney.org.
“I absolutely love this event, it’s so adorable,” Hessel said. “I love seeing the little girls with their teddy bears having fun with their moms and pouring pretend tea for their little bears. It’s just so cute.”
The event is open to all stuffed creatures, Hessel said, so if your daughter has a stuffed penguin or dolphin or platypus, they’re free to attend.
“Girls will spend weeks trying to figure out what bear they’re going to bring, and they’ll come right up and tell us why they chose that teddy and what the bear means to them,” Hessel said. “The kids absolutely love spending the day with their special friend and their mother. It’s so great to see.”
They’ll get to do arts and crafts, play games, take their stuffed animal to the teddy bear doctor and they’ll get to have tea and cookies and little sandwiches shaped like butterflies and other cute things, Hessel said. In addition there will be a photo booth where the kids and their stuffed friends can dress up to have pictures taken. More than 100 girls (and their stuffed friends) are expected to attend.
“Just seeing the girls’ faces light up is reward in itself,” Hessel said. “It’s so cute.”