It’s A Date

Robert Anderson and his daughter Zoe, 5, dance during the sixth annual City of Papillion Recreation Departments Daddy/Daughter Date Night held at Liberty Social Hall last February.

By aesthetics alone, it would appear the City of Papillion intends to host the most awkward prom revival in the history of date night.

Remember those mismatched pairings in tux and dress – the seven-foot basketball player and his five-foot date (or even more socially incongruent – her five-foot date)?

But it’s perfectly normal on Feb. 7, when the city brings together dads and daughters for a semi-formal dance, “Daddy/Daughter Date Night.”

It’s a chance for the pairs to bond over a special atmosphere of food, photos and music, said Papillion Recreation Superintendent Tim Moran.

Over eight years, “Daddy/Daughter Date Night” outgrew its original location at Eagle Hills Golf Course, Moran said. Its current space, Liberty Social Hall at 711 Olson Drive, is roomier, has in-house catering and a large oak dance floor to make a “more special night,” Moran said.

Some dads bring multiple daughters, who generally range in age between 2 and 14 years old. All ages are welcome, though. Moran said 20- and 30-somethings have accompanied their dads in the past.

“They danced, ate and had fun,” he said. “Some dads don’t get a lot of time with their daughters. We wanted to offer a fun night like this to offer something different.”

Tickets for Daddy/Daughter Date Night must be purchased by Jan. 31 and can be reserved by calling 402-597-2041 or by going online to

Tickets cost $40 per pair with a charge of $15 per ticket for each additional child. Food, photos and dance are included.

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