Being the mom of boys, I’ve always been a little jealous of the Daddy/Daughter dances our local elementary schools put on each year. I have visions of these sweet girls in their frilly dresses creating heartwarming memories with their proud daddies. (I’m sure the reality doesn’t compare with my imagination, but I like the idea.) So, when a friend told me about the Chick-fil-A Mother/Son Date Knight, I was all over it.
Chick-fil-A has a long reputation for supporting families, so I was curious to see what this event would involve. My boys were hoping for swords. I was hoping for a low-stress, fun, and easy time to connect with the kids.
We arrived at our local Chick-fil-A to find it decorated like a medieval castle and all the staff in costume. The boys were given paper shields with step-by-step instructions for us to create a crest that would represent our family’s values. That prompted some conversation about what is important to our family.
Along with our menus, I was given a discussion guide with questions to ask the boys. It included fun things like:

  1. Would you rather live in the ocean or on the moon?
  2. Would you rather have a fire-breathing dragon or a fast horse?

But it also had more teaching questions like:

  1. How can you protect your Mom and the other girls you know?
  2. What are ways you can be brave?

It was all very well done and helpful. And it led me to think: How can churches replicate this experience?
What special events have you used to encourage families to connect? How have you reached out to help build families in your community?
For me, the magic in this event was its simplicity. We had to eat dinner anyway and they handed me conversation starters. For the boys, the magic might have been the balloon swords.