As the home of Sonora Smart Dodd, the woman credited with founding Father’s Day, Spokane has a special place in its heart for the holiday.
To celebrate Spokane’s history with the holiday and the relationship between daughters and their male role models, the Knitting Factory will host its first Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday.
Setting the Knitting Factory’s dance apart from others is its lack of age restriction, meaning daughters of all ages are invited to dance with the important man in their life, be it a father, stepfather, uncle or grandfather.
“We expect to see anywhere from a 1- or 2-year-old little girl with her daddy to I know we have some college girls coming with their dad, uncle, grandpa,” Knitting Factory special event coordinator Pamala Phelps said.
The idea of the Daddy Daughter Dance came about during a meeting in which Knitting Factory staff were brainstorming events for the community.
“A lot of people know us as a concert house, which we are, but we do so many more things besides concerts,” Phelps said.
At the Daddy Daughter Dance, dads and daughters awill be welcomed by a greeter before taking a stroll down a red carpet.
Once inside the venue, guests can dance to special father-daughter songs and music from a DJ. There will also be snacks, which are included in the ticket price, including grilled cheese sticks and vegetables and hummus, and cake pops for dessert.
Guests can also take pictures in a photo booth, with or without props. The photo booth costs $5.
Based on positive feedback they’ve received, Phelps said the Knitting Factory staff is already planning next year’s Daddy Daughter Dance.
“Our goal is to get girls out with the important man in their life and celebrate that relationship and have fun with it and keep everything pretty lighthearted …,” she said. “The day before Father’s Day is the perfect day to do that.”