Editor’s Note: There’s no shortage of unique activities for families in most urban cities. Below, guest blog contributor, Rich Gallagher, shares a recent weekend experience with his daughter and several dads + kids from the NYC Dads Group…
Last weekend, the girls and I got together with some of the other NYC Dads Group members and their children at our friendly neighborhood ice cream shop, Malu, for the unveiling of their Pirate and Princess ice cream flavors.While any shop could put out some pink and blue ice cream with edible glitter and call it a day, Malu really went the extra mile with the type of launch party you might expect for a new Harry Potter book. It was a full-on costume party with local kids performing musical numbers, story readings, and enjoying plenty of ice cream.
Most of the kids in attendance were dressed as either a pirate or princess. My daughter, Red, is very much a girly girl, so this type of thing is right up her alley and the question was never “will she go as a princess?” but, “which princess dress will she wear?” Plenty of little girls were dressed as pirates as well, and the kids seemed to really get a kick out of the pirate-themed stories being read. So perhaps Izzy from Jake and the Neverland Pirates will one day be recognized as a symbol of progress for women everywhere. All in all, the event was a great showcase of the neighborhood community, and reminded me how much fun the more kid-friendly pockets of the city can be. Can’t wait to see what Malu comes up with next month!
Rich Gallagher writes for We’re Gonna Need More Bathrooms, a blog site exploring the intersection of fatherhood and nerdery in 2012. Rich Gallagher, an NYC-based PR guy with experience in sports, video games, tech and beverage alcohol brands. You may remember Rich from The Liquid Architecture blog, where he wrote about video games from 2007-2010