Dad Days provides week of activities to promote fatherhood
- on June 9, 2014
Just in time for Father's Day, families can celebrate fatherhood with free film screenings and a community children’s festival at a series of events sponsored by Dads of Douglas County, a local nonprofit promoting father involvement.
Dad Days will begin Wednesday at the Community Health Facility from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a screening of “The Iron Giant,” an animated adventure about nine-year-old Hogarth and his best friend, a fifty-foot robot that fell from the sky.
The film series will continue with a screening of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on Thursday at LightLyre Studios from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This stop-motion animated comedy film is based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name and features George Clooney as the voice of Mr. Fox and Meryl Streep as the voice of Felicity Fox, Mr. Fox’s wife.
The activities will continue Saturday with “Party in the Park,” a free community children's festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with activities for children and live music in Watson Park. The festival features entertainers “Rappin' Roy and Reggie Regg the Magic Man,” known for their magic, “Healthy Hip Hop,” motivational messages and audience participation.
For those working with fathers and families, Dad Days also offers a professional development workshop on Friday at the Community Health Facility from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Engaging Men in Domestic Violence Prevention.” Presenters include Juliana Carlson PhD, Assistant Professor at the Kansas University School of Social Welfare, and Joan Schultz, Executive Director of the Willow Domestic Violence Center. The workshop also includes a panel discussion with practitioners involved in preventing domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence against women and girls.
Dad Days ends with a screening of “Joe” on Saturday at Delaware Street Commons from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. In this R-rated film, a friendship develops between a hard-working boy named Gary (Tye Sheridan) and Joe (Nicolas Cage), who employees a road crew of day laborers that poison trees on behalf of a local lumber company. When Joe discovers that Gary's father is an abusive drunk, Joe steps in to save the kid.
Dad Days is organized by Dads of Douglas County with generous support this year from Cans for the Community, Kansas Action for Children's Pass on Pop campaign, Success By 6 Coalition of Douglas County and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. For more information, visit daddays.org.