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Dads and daughters dine and dance at Eisenhower Center

The girls love getting dressed up for a fancy outing. (Photo provided)

It’s a 17-year Friday-before-Valentines-Day tradition

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (February 16, 2020) – “We had trouble teaching in our preschool today,” explained Sharon Desjardins on February 7, “because all of the little girls were talking about their dresses and getting their nails done.” February 7 was the date of this year’s Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance, an annual tradition that the Lan-Oak Park District has organized for the past 17 years. “It’s super cute,” said Desjardins, Senior Superintendent of the park district.

The evening provides an opportunity for dads and daughters to spend quality time together. (Photo provided)
The event takes place at the Eisenhower Community Center (2550 178th St, Lansing), and 84 attended this year. Lansing Floral Shop donates a carnation for each girl, and the evening is filled with two-and-a-half hours of fancy decorations, dinner, a DJ, dancing, games, a party favor bag for each girl, and a professional photographer on site for a photo memory that dads and daughters can take home with them.

The Lan-Oak Park District offers a variety of events and activities at the Eisenhower Center for all age groups. More information is available at their website or by calling the main number during business hours:

Lan-Oak Park District is located within the Eisenhower Center at 2550 178th Street in Lansing, Illinois. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. My daughter and husband attended this event for years! She is 11 now and feels “too mature” to attend it. However, they still go on dates, and it set the groundwork for making that a priority and gave them wonderful memories too. But starting at age 5 until about 10 this event was a HUGE deal to her and our family. It was a special night and sacred time for them. I encourage any dad & daughter to experience it even if it’s just once! Those little girls grow fast!

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