LUMBERTON — The month of May is upon us, which for millions of Americans means scrambling to the supermarket to buy cards and flowers for Mother’s Day, but what about the 10 and under crowd?
For the second year in a row, Robeson County children between the ages of 2 and 10 won’t have to worry about how they’re going to show appreciation for dear ol’ mom, thanks to the second annual Mother’s Day Tea Party event, taking place in the Osterneck Auditorium, at 3 p.m. on May 12.
The event is the brainchild of Katie Huneycutt, interim director for Robeson County Public Libraries.
“We wanted to have a day for boys and girls to celebrate and honor the special women in their lives,” Huneycutt said. “We bring them in, they have refreshments, and one child will win a bouquet of flowers to give to their guest.”
Children are invited to bring their mother, grandmother or even their aunt to the free event, which will include a game of bingo, door prizes, as well as crafts.
“Last year kids were able to make their mothers jewelry and we had a card station,” Huneycutt said.
More than 20 children attended the event in their first year and Huneycutt expects an even larger crowd this year.
“A lot of time people who come to these type of things are those who bring their children to story time, and to other events,” Huneycutt said. “We have a really good group of ladies who bring their kids to the library. We have a really dedicated group of parents.”
Though the event is all about mom, Huneycutt believes children will have a blast as well.
“We have lots of little boys and little girls who attend. We try to be friendly to both girls and boys with this event,” Huneycutt said. “We encourage them to dress up, wear costumes if they want to.”
Though the event is advertised as being for children between the ages of 10 and 2, mothers are also invited to bring babies, who will also be given a treat to nibble.
“I think with younger children, it’s hard to find things to do where they can be entertained as well as spend that quality time together,” said Cassandra Sneed, herself a young mother. “Their little minds are always so busy.“
James Johnson may be reached at 910-272-6144 or on Twitter @JJohnsonRobeson.