EL CENTRO â€“ Along with their sons and daughters, local dads embarked on high seas adventures Saturday at the inaugural “My Pirate and Me” event sponsored by the El Centro Parks and Recreation at El Centroâ€™s Old Post Office Pavilion to celebrate Fatherâ€™s Day.
The Parks and Rec department held the My Pirate and Me event as a special activity families could do for the Fatherâ€™s Day weekend and it incorporated the mothers and daughters as well into the fun. Â Families were encouraged to dress up following the pirate theme, and many did indeed go all out with their costumes.
â€œWe are hoping the kids have fun along with the fathers,â€ said Marcela Piedra, director of El Centro Parks and Recreation. â€œAny time we have an opportunity to do something for our children, we are really excited to do it.â€
At least 70 people signed up for this yearâ€™s event. Â The families were treated to a nice meal before being taken off on pirate adventures, including a treasure hunt that wound through the Old Post Office. Face painting, games, and aÂ photo booth were other activities provided.
â€œMy wife and daughters did the Princess Tea Party and they really enjoyed it, so we thought we would do this for the boys,â€ said Rocky Loera an El Centro father who attended with his son. â€œFatherâ€™s Day isnâ€™t really a day that is really celebrated, so itâ€™s a nice thing.â€
“It’s an opportunity to just bond with them more and to participate with them that way. When they are grown up they can do the same with their kids,” said Francisco Piedra.